Project Details

The European Union is increasingly confronted with the challenge of linking ongoing innovation with major societal questions. Therefore, delivering European renewal relies heavily on the advancement of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) – that is, research and innovation which is:

  • ethically acceptable,
  • sustainable by avoiding significant adverse effects,
  • and drives towards the common good, i.e., societal desirability.
UNESCO group Progress

ProGReSS partners Kick-off meeting, UNESCO Hq., 20-22 March, 2013

Especially the third aspect – societal desirability – is an underexplored aspect of RRI and it is the aim of the project to develop a strategy for fostering the convergence of regional innovation systems at the global level. The project is a Coordination Action and will link existing international networks of RRI with relevant societal actors on a global scale to focus innovation on societal desirability. During this process science funding strategies and innovation policies in Europe, the USA, China, Japan, India, Australia and South Africa will be compared. The project aims to advocate a European normative model for RRI globally, using constitutional values as a driver to inform societal desirability.

Vision

  • We believe that responsible research and innovation (RRI) can help address global challenges.
  • We believe that global justice issues should be included in debates about research and innovation policies
  • We aim to maximize opportunities for marginalized peoples as well as industry to input into our work.
  • We aim to promote a model of RRI, which uses constitutional values to drive positive outcomes for society.

Mission statement

ProGReSS will establish a global network on responsible research and innovation (RRI) involving academia, SMEs, international organisations, policy advisors, research funders, NGOs and industry.

In interactive discussions with relevant societal actors as well as innovators, we will move RRI debates from the national or regional to the global level and achieve the following objectives:

  1. Link existing international networks of RRI with relevant societal actors on a global scale to focus innovation on societal desirability.
  2. Complete a major fact-finding mission comparing science funding strategies and innovation policies in Europe, the US, China, Japan, India, Australia, and South Africa.
  3. Advocate a European normative model for RRI globally, using constitutional values as a driver to inform societal desirability.
  4. Develop a strategy for fostering the convergence of regional innovation systems at the global level.

Project Co-ordination

Doris Schroeder, Project Coordinator

Prof Doris Schroeder,
Ph.D.,
Centre for Professional Ethics, University of Central Lancashire, UK

International Partners

Project Duration

1st February 2013 to 31 January 2016