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 07/08/2012-  From Science in Society to Responsible Research and Innovation

​The European Foundation Centre (EFC) is conducting a brief survey in order to gather information on the types of activities foundations are funding in the areas of science in society and responsible research and innovation. The results of the survey will be presented to European policy makers.
The survey is motivated by the introduction of the concept of responsible research and innovation (RR&I) as a key component of Horizon 2020, the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020). Within this context, RR&I can be understood as an evolution of the Science in Society (SiS) strand of the current Framework Programme, FP7. Building on the success of SiS projects in engaging the general public and civil society in debates around science, RR&I aims to go one step further and engage all societal actors – from researchers through policy makers, to citizens, businesses, etc. – to work together throughout the research and innovation process in order to ensure that the results meet the needs of the world we live in.
Some of the key areas that the European Commission and the European Parliament have identified as of key relevance for RR&I under Horizon 2020 are:
   1. Public engagement: The engagement of people and civil society organizations in the research and innovation process and the integration of society in science issues 
   2. Gender equality: Ensuring gender equality in research careers and in the development of research ideas 
   3. Science education: Providing excellent science education and empowering science-literate citizens, both through formal education systems, namely schools, and informal educational settings such as science centres
   4. Open access: Allowing open access to scientific information and research results
   5. Ethics: Development a governance framework for RR&I that is guided by the principles of trust, integrity and participation
   6. Communication: Deepening knowledge of science communication in order to improve the quality and effectiveness of interactions between scientists, general media and the public
   7. Careers: Making careers in science and technology attractive to young students

If your foundation funds activities that address these issues, we would be most grateful if you could take a few minutes to complete the survey available at:

For any further information please contact the EFC Research Forum at

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