Joining Efforts for Responsible Research and Innovation (JERRI)

© Heyko Stöber

Joining Efforts for RRI – JERRI – made a substantial contribution to deeply institutionalizing practices and attitudes of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in the European Research Area. For this purpose JERRI orchestrated a deep RRI transition process within the two largest European Research and Technology Organizations (RTOs), the German Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research.  The process was conceptualized as an intense mutual learning process between the two organizations, a wider circle of RTOs, and stakeholders across Europe. Thus, JERRI exploited the unique mediating function of RTOs to catalyze RRI transition processes in industry, society and policy across the European research and innovation landscape.

The results of the project were summarized and tailored to the following three target groups:

All three briefs present both the products generated by JERRI and lessons learned from the process. 

More information about the structure of the project can be found here.

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No. 709747. 


  • development of specific RRI goals within Fraunhofer and TNO, based on existing good practices, and in close interaction with stakeholders, for the following five key dimensions: Ethics, Societal Engagement, Gender Equality and Gender in Research and Innovation Content, Science Education, Open Access
  • set up of action plans for each key dimension followed by the realization of RRI practices in pilot cases
  • distribution of good practices among internal and external stakeholders and further RTOs
  • international mutual learning on good RRI practices at both the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the Arizona State University (ASU)


06/2016 − 05/2019


European Commission


  • Fraunhofer ISI (Coordinator)
  • Fraunhofer IAO
  • Fraunhofer IRB
  • Fraunhofer UMSICHT
  • Fraunhofer Zentrale
  • TNO Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research
  • Manchester Institute of Innovation Research, University of Manchester
  • Institute for Advanced Studies IHS
  • Manchester Metropolitan University