WBC-RRI.NET is an international project funded by the Horizon 2020 programme, comprised of 13 partners from 8 countries.
WBC-RRI.NET fosters the application of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) at the territorial level in five Western Balkan Research and Innovation (R&I) ecosystems and promotes a multi-level governance framework for steering R&I in the Western Balkans (WB).
Although Western Balkan countries (WBCs) have improved in terms of R&I performance, research and innovation efforts should be further enhanced for bridging the remaining ‘gap’ with the rest European regions. RRI principles act as enablers to the shared learning and diffusion of R&I governance innovations at territorial level, enhancing R&I planning, including Smart Specialization Strategies (S3) in the WBCs.
The project’s approach will operationally address five different WB territories and will activate the embedding of RRI into them.
Within a horizontal aspect, this will be realised by all-encompassing RRI activities extending throughout the entire project, raising an active dialogue in the wider WB macro-region and fostering the comprehension of all RRI pillars and principles under a holistic framework.
These all-encompassing activities will be accompanied by the development and implementation of 5 RRI ‘anchor’ initiatives within a vertical aspect. The RRI ‘anchor’ initiatives are specific interventions that will touch in-depth specific RRI keys and territorial features and will focus on specific scientific domains in each WB territory
RRI principles can enable the sustainable development of the local R&I systems, enhancing the effectiveness of R&I strategies contributing to the advancement of Western Balkan socio-economic progress in a transparent, open, and inclusive way through active participation of all quadruple helix actors.