Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI)

RRI Projects

RRI Projects

The UAB is currently involved in different European projects to foster institutional RRI:

SeeRRI: (Building Self-Sustaining Research and Innovation Ecosystems in Europe through RRI). The objective of the project is to advance towards a more sustainable R&I ecosystems model, which would include all regional actors (research and education, businesses, administration and citizens, known as the quadruple helix) and incorporate the principles of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI).

The project is led by the Nordland Research Institute in Norway and includes, apart from universities and research centres, regional governments and business associations. To reach these objectives three European regions have been selected as case studies, each with different intelligent specialisation strategies, one of them being the B-30 area.


HEIRRI: The Autonomous University of Barcelona has been one of the institutions selected to participate in a pilot test of two programs and training materials developed by the HEIRRI project (see resolution). The HEIRRI project is focused on Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in higher education institutions.


The UAB has been evaluated as one of the best proposals, giving us the mention of “HEIRRI collaboration institution”. The UAB participated actively in the learning process, giving feedback on the materials and their use in our institution. On April 2018, the UAB also participated in the 2nd HEIRRI Conference, sharing the experience with other higher education institutions.

The UAB also piloted two of five courses designed under the HEIRRI project:

  • Responsible PhD: RRI and PHD Research Projects. Audience: PhD Students.
  • Facilitating Reflection on Responsible Research and Innovation. Audience: Academic and non-academic HEI members.

Check the HEIRRI project official website for more information.

EGERA (Effective Gender Equality in Research and Academia). The research project EGERA brings together eight research and higher education institutions in seven EU member states (Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain) and Turkey, bound by a same commitment to the dual objective of achieving gender equality in research, and strengthening the gender dimension in research.

PERFORM aims to investigate the effects of the use of innovative science education methods based on performing arts in fostering young peoples’ motivations and engagement with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in selected secondary schools in France, Spain and the United Kingdom.

Orion (Open Responsible research and Innovation to further Outstanding knowledge). The project will focus on “embedding” RRI principles (ethics, gender, governance, open access, public engagement, and science education) in Research Performing and Funding Organizations (RPFO) by promoting institutional and cultural changes.