Europe introduced its first award for scientific research to find appropriate responses to social challenges. The European Foundations Award for Responsible Research and Innovation is launched with the aim of celebrating excellent research practices by actively exploring, articulating and sharing promising innovative responsible research practices across Europe. The award is a new and joint initiative of the King Baudouin Foundation with “la Caixa” Foundation (Spain), Fondazione Cariplo (Italy), Lundbeck Foundation (Denmark), the Robert Bosch Stiftung (Germany) and the European Foundation Centre Research Forum.
In today’s research and innovation, increasing importance is attached to responsibility. Researchers from different disciplines are becoming more aware of the impact of their work on society. There is a growing interest in anticipating how decisions in research shape society, the environment and our future. Researchers purposely integrate ways to reflect on, and be transparent about, the impact of their work. Such methods - referred to under the umbrella term of ‘Responsible Research and Innovation’ (RRI) - enable researchers to contribute responsibly to developing smart, inclusive and sustainable societies.
Universities, research centres, individual researchers, research consortia, civil society organisations and any other type of organization involved in a responsible research practice is eligible to apply. Researchers that successfully apply RRI methods are invited to submit their projects. Fifteen finalists will be selected and visited in order to examine the design, process and impact of their projects. Finally three of them will be rewarded with a prize of €20,000 each.
Deadline for submission: 7th December 2015
Announcement of the selection: 15th December 2016
More information on the application process: http://bit.ly/1KshlK4