Fostering the application of Responsible Research and Innovation

Key aspects of our project

Prominent Partner Network

Our network is comprised of reputable WB implementing partners and RRI experienced partners.

5 Key Territories

We emphasize spreading of our activities through the 5 target territories.

Part of Horizon 2020

WBC-RRI.NET is an international project funded by the Horizon 2020 programme.

Shared Learning

RRI principles act as enablers to the shared learning and diffusion of R&I.

RRI Strategies

Our RRI Strategies present an inclusive way through active participation of all quadruple helix actors.

Bridging The Gap

Research and innovation efforts for bridging the remaining ‘gap’ with the rest European regions.

Our project foundations are laid on fullfilment of the following objectives

Objectives and Deliverables

Our main goals divided into 5 key objectives and deliverables

3. Smart Specialization Strategies

To contribute to the enhancement of Smart Specialization Strategies at Western Balkan Countries.

4. Responsible Research

To apply a ‘smart directionality’ policy approach - combination of RRI and S3 principles.

1. R&I Ecosystems

To enhance local/regional R&I ecosystems' capacity to tackle contemporary societal challenges and territorial research priorities.

2. R&I Organizations

To assist local R&I organizations to adopt RRI principles for effectively addressing the challenges that scientists and researchers face today.

5. R&I governance framework

To promote a multilevel, steering R&I governance framework in the WBCs by advancing innovation policy consultation.

Project Description in Detail

International Project

WBC-RRI.NET is an international project funded by the Horizon 2020 programme, comprised of 13 partners from 8 countries.

RRI in the Western Balkan 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).

Smart Specialization Strategies

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.

5 Different Territories

The project’s approach will operationally address five different WB territories and will activate the embedding of RRI into them.

Fostering Comprehension of all RRI Pillars

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.

Vertical Aspect of Implementation

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

Local R&I Systems

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.

Horizontal Aspect of Implementation

Within the horizontal aspect, we foster comprehension of all RRI pillars. 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.