Excellence in Science and Innovation for Europe (NewHoRRIzon)

The Project sets out to promote the acceptance of RRI in Horizon 2020 (H2020) and beyond. It will work out the conceptual and operational basis to fully integrate Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) into European and national research and innovation practice and funding.

  1. Promote the acceptance of RRI in H2020 and beyond
  2. Co-create with stakeholders tailor-made actions and activities within each section of H2020
  3. Stimulate learning across sections about how to promote acceptance of RRI in H2020
  4. Provide a global perspective of RRI and disseminate information beyond the EU
  5. Develop and co-create a Society Readiness Level (SRL) for R&I
  6. Reflect, Learn, and Evaluate
  7. Promote integration of RRI in national R&I funding programmes
  8. Disseminate best practises to promote acceptance of RRI across H2020 and generate long-term impact
  9. Abide by guiding principles

a. Starting from state of the art of RRI
b. Promoting a clear concept of RRI…
c. …however recognising the need for context specificity, variety, and concreteness
d. Not overburdening institutions with RRI but nudging existing practices towards RRI
e. Embedding the promotion of RRI in existing institutions and routines
f. Co-creating actions and activities
g. Reflecting, assessing, and learning
h. Bridging the gap between different spheres

In order to accomplish this goal, NewHoRRIzon will establish altogether 18 Social Labs that cover all sections of H2020, reaching from excellence science and industrial leadership to societal challenges. Together with a wide-ranging group of stakeholders in the field of research and innovation, in these Social Labs, NewHoRRIzon will co-create tailor-made pilot actions that will stimulate an increased use and acceptance of RRI across H2020 and each of its parts. These pilot actions will address a variety of research and innovation actors such as academia, business, non-university research institutes, research funding organisations, policy-makers on European, Member State and global level, civil society organi-sations (CSOs) and the general and specific public(s) as they arise from technological controversies. Ultimately, the pilot actions to be developed and tested in the Social Labs will contribute to research and innovation projects that fully recognise the significance of RRI.

NewHoRRIzon will stimulate learning about how to accomplish RRI in H2020 and beyond in its Social Labs, in two cross-sectional workshops and two transdisciplinary conferences. It will conceptualise and operationalise a Society Readiness Level (SRL) for research and innovation that focuses on the align-ment between the processes and products of research and innovation on the one hand, and broader societal demands and expectations on the other. Finally, NewHoRRIzon will use a variety of target-group specific strategies to disseminate best practices to promote uptake of RRI across H2020 and gen-erate long-term impact. For that it will use existing spaces and networks as well as create new ones.




  • European Commission, H2020 (SwafS-09-2016: Moving from constraints to openings, from red lines to new frames in Horizon 2020)


  • Institut für höhere Studien - Institute for Advanced Studies, Austria
  • Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft MbH, Austria
  • Teknologian Tutkimuskeskus VTT, Finland
  • Universiteit Leiden, The Netherlands
  • Wageningen University, The Netherlands
  • Technologicka Agentura Ceske Rupubliky, The Czech Republic
  • Aarhus Universitet, Denmark
  • Zentrum für soziale Innovation GmbH, Austria
  • Sihtasutus Eesti Teadusagentuur, Estonia
  • Ministre van Economische Zaken, The Netherlands
  • Vereinigung deutscher Wissenschaftler e.V. Germany
  • Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Senora Delrosario Corporacion sin Animo de Lucro, Columbia
  • Fundacion Tecnalia Research & Innovation, Spain
  • Genok - Senter for Biosikkerhet Norway
  • Fraunhofer Gesellschaft zu Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V., Germany
  • Fondation nationale des Sciences Politiques, France
  • Universiteit van Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Euroscience Association, France
  • The University of the West Indies, Jamaica