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JERRI Report Summary

Project ID: 709747
Funded under: H2020-EU.5.c.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - JERRI (Joining Efforts for Responsible Research and Innovation)

Reporting period: 2016-06-01 to 2017-08-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

TNO in the Netherlands and Fraunhofer Gesellschaft in Germany are the two largest applied research organisations (RTOs) in Europe.
Applied research is crucial for addressing societal challenges of all kinds from climate change to public health. To make sure however that these contributions really achieve the expected benefits for society it is of utmost importance that all actors adopt responsible research and innovation practices such as engaging societal stakeholders, communicating insights, reflecting on ethical concerns and promoting gender equality.

In JERRI we have joined forces in order to better align our research and innovation activities with societal needs by adopting responsible research and Innovation practices. Through our diverse cooperation partners and clients we aim to further spread these practices across the research and innovation landscape. Thereby we ultimately hope to make a lasting contribution to the quality of life and wellbeing of citizens in Europe and beyond.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

The JERRI transformation process involves four major phases:

1 Understanding how change in organisations is possible in principle and exploration of the current situation
2 Setting of ambitious RRI goals
3 The set-up of a long-term transformation plan
4 Implementation of pilot activities to initiate this transformation and reach the adopted goals.

Both organisations are undergoing the phases in parallel, covering each of the five dimensions proposed within the RRI framework of the European Commission: Societal engagement, Gender equality, Open access, Ethics, Science education as well as crosscutting issues such as RRI governance.
The two organisations share experiences and lessons learned on a regular basis and with other RTOs and stakeholders. The process is complemented by an international mutual learning process involving two international organisations Arizona State University (ASU) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). One workpackage (8) is dedicated to a monitoring of the change process by the Institute for Advanced Studies in Vienna.
Within the first reporting period both organisations have gone through the first stage of rri goal setting (Deliverables 2.2/3.2) and exchanged on the lessons learned (Deliverable 10.2). The international mutual learning has gone through the first phase of interviews and workshops and results have been documented (Deliverable 9.2). The monitoring team has developed a tailored monitoring concept, monitored the whole process accordingly and documented insights and recommendations (Deliverable 8.1 and 8.2).

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

Until the end of the project we expect:

1. Implementation of a range of responsible research and innovation practices in TNO and Fraunhofer documented in two reports (Deliverables D6.1 and 7.1)
2. Long term plans for further transformation towards RRI practices (documented in Deliverables 4.2. 5.2 (First Version) 6.2 and 7.2(Final Version).
3. Substantial learning for similar transition processes through the learnings from the Monitoring process (documented in Deliverables 8.3 and 8.4)
4. Deepening the learning process from the international organisations (documented in Deliverables 9.2 and 9.3)
5. Up-scaling the RRI transition processes on two levels. On the first level up-scaling to RTOs and similar research organizations across EU 28 will be facilitated through intense exchange supported by the EARTO association in several targeted activities outlined below. On the second level, we will be able to leverage the unique function of RTOs in the European innovation system as mediators between fundamental research and innovation activities in industry and society as well as innovation policy which is often supporting RTOs. This position will allow JERRI to catalyse RRI transition processes in diverse realms of the EU 28 R&I landscape such as industry, CSOs, citizens, university, funders and innovation policy actors. This process will be supported by specific products and outreach activities (Deliverables 10.3 and 10.4)

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