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Grounding RRI Actions to Achieve Institutional Changes in European Research Funding and Performing Organisations

Issue #2 - January 2020

Welcome to the GRACE Newsletter!

Welcome to the second GRACE Newsletter, a semi-annual edition focusing on Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI).

In a co-creating environment based on intense mutual learning and knowledge sharing among RRI experts and implementing organisations, the EU-funded project GRACE aims to spread and embed Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in the European Research Area. The GRACE team aspires to develop a set of specific Grounding Actions, which will lead to the development of tailored and sustainable RRI Roadmaps for Research Funding and Performing Organisations.  


News from the GRACE world

Harvesting the power of sharing and learning from each other

Mutual learning plays a pivotal role in implementing Responsible Research & Innovation (RRI). To manage many aspects of RRI, a wide range of practical skills are necessary which can already be prevalently acquired through exchange of know-how and experiences. For this reason, a mutual learning process has been adopted by the GRACE consortium with the aim of helping implementing partners build RRI-related skills and competencies while learning from other partners who are experts in the field.

According to the Mutual Learning Plan, delivered in August 2019, three mutual learning sessions are foreseen: the first one focusing on how to design RRI-oriented actions (held in Brussels in 2019), the second one dealing with the implementation of RRI (to take place within 2020), and the last one focusing on how to make RRI sustainable over time (to be held in 2021). The results of the Mutual Learning Process will be used for developing a guidance document on RRI, which will be delivered at the end of the project.

>> Learn more about the Mutual Learning Plan
Engines in full motion! Monitoring and Mentoring Meetings

Beginning on December 2019, and based on a mutual learning process, the project foresees several number of meeting sessions among experts and implementing organisations till the end of 2021 with the aim to develop the Grounding Actions which are required for obtaining institutional change towards the adoption of RRI principles. To ensure a well-structured and efficient approach, a Monitoring and Mentoring Meetings (MMM) Framework was developed by SEERC to systematize the support provided by GRACE’s expert organisations to the project’s implementing organisations (IOs) for assisting them in materializing the Grounding Actions (GAs) that they have opted for. MMMs have a dual function:
  • monitoring, which entails continuous assessment providing early information on the progress made on the implementation of GAs; and
  • mentoring, which refers to a set of consultation actions through which the expert organisations assist IOs in developing specific skills for performing the activities entailed by the GAs.
We are really thrilled to receive the first results of this mutual learning phase!!!  
GRACE project at the European Triple Helix Association Congress on “Responsible Innovation & Entrepreneurship” (ETHAC2019)

It was a great pleasure and honour for GRACE project to participate at the 2019 European Triple Helix Congress (ETHAC) on Responsible Research & Innovation (Thessaloniki, 30 September - 1 October 2019) and introduce its scope to a wide audience of over 150 academics, industry representatives and policy-makers from 35 countries. 
Organised by the Triple Helix Association, with support from local organisers SEERC and the University of Sheffield CITY College, the congress enabled international triple helix interactions where academics, innovators, industry, entrepreneurs, investors, governments and policy-makers, actively engaged in innovation co-production and transfer.
In a specific panel titled “A Quadruple Helix Approach to Responsible Research and Innovation: Evidence-based experience from FIT4RRI, TeRRItoria, GRACE & RISE projects”, Dr Ildiko Ipoly, from ESF (coordinator), and Mr Nikos Zaharis, from SEERC, presented the project’s main objectives and first results. The presentation was followed by lively discussion with the audience and the other projects’ representatives focusing on: the experience of introducing institutional changes in Research Performing Organisations based on RRI principles; how RRI can help researchers engage with the concerns and expectations of the society; how to use RRI to improve engagement of the quadruple helix stakeholders in a sustainable way. The Panel concluded with ideas for future projects that could further facilitate and promote Responsible Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

>> Discover more about the 2019 ETHAC Congress 
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Get to know our team! 

GRACE brings together 10 partners from various European countries forming a dynamic mix of both Research Funding and Performing Organisations (RFPOs), eager to develop and embed RRI in their internal structures, and expert institutions sharing their knowledge to co-design RRI Grounding Actions and Roadmaps.

In this edition, we present to you the South-East European Research Centre (SEERC) and the Aarhus University (AU)

>> Visit  the partners' webpage

The South-East European Research Centre (SEERC) is a research centre of CITY College, International Faculty of the University of Sheffield, established in 2004 in Thessaloniki, Greece. Its mission is to support the development of SEE by conducting basic and applied research, in and for the region. SEERC is conducting multidisciplinary research in the fields of Society & Human Development, Enterprise, Innovation & Development and Information & Communication Technologies and is active on research and public engagement focusing on Science, Technology and Innovation Policy involving the Quadruple Helix. In GRACE, SEERC is leading WP4 that focuses on grounding actions related to citizens’ engagement in science.

>> Visit SEERC's website
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The Danish Centre for Studies in Research and Research Policy (CFA) at Aarhus University (AU) is an interdisciplinary research centre, focusing on the study of research, innovation and university policy, and on the many ways that relations between science and society play out.
For years CFA has been part of numerous research projects in the area of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI), e.g. MASIS, MoRRI, ENERI, PE2020 etc.
In the GRACE project, CFA-AU is leading the WP5 on Science Education and Open Access as well as the WP7, which focuses on the process evaluation and impact assessment of the Grounding Actions in the project.  

>> Visit CFA/AU's website
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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 8224521
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