Grounding RRI Actions to Achieve Institutional Change in European Research Funding and Performing Organisations

GRACE aims to contribute to the EC objective of spreading and embedding Responsible Research and Innovation in the European Research Area through the development of a set of SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timebound) Grounding Actions (GAs) in six RFPOs leading to fundamental RRI-oriented institutional changes during the project.

For each RFPO, the GAs will be incorporated in a 8-year long “Roadmap towards RRI” to set a solid platform for attaining further institutional changes during the ‘after GRACE’ 5 year of the roadmap. The project will develop in a co-creating environment, via an intense mutual learning programme including the 6 partners implementing the GAs (implementing organisations) and the 4 partners assisting with their comprehensive expertise on RRI (co-operating organisations).

A suited evaluation and impact assessment scheme will be developed to oversee and monitor the project processes and impacts, applying MoRRI and SDGs indicators, and SwafS KPIs.

The project will consist of:

  1. Preparatory phase (M1-M10) designing the GAs and defining the six Roadmaps for the implementing organizations
  2. Development and mutual learning phase (M11-M34) where the GAs will be implemented
  3. Stocktaking phase (M30-M36) ensuring the long-term (after project) sustainability of GAs and the preparation of a Guidance to support the implementing organization to successfully pursue the work outlined in the Roadmaps.

A well-substantiated management system, and set of communication and dissemination activities will ensure smooth project implementation.

GRACE is composed of 7 Work Packages:

WP1: Management

WP2: Governance and mutual learning

WP3-4-5: GAs related to citizen engagement in science, science education and open access, and gender equality, research ethics and integrity, respectively

WP6: Evaluation and Impact Assessment of GAs

WP7: Outreach, communication, dissemination and exploitation. GRACE involves 10 partner organisations and is coordinated by the European Science Foundation.

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