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WBC-RRI.NET

Embedding RRI in Western Balkan Countries: Enhancement of Self-Sustaining R&I Ecosystems

Supporting the development of territorial Responsible Research and Innovation in the Western Balkan region

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 other European regions. RRI principles can act as enablers for 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.
WBC-RRI.NET aims to foster the application of RRI principles at the territorial level in five (5) Western Balkan [4 region-level and 1 country-level] R&I ecosystems and promote a multi-level steering R&I governance framework in the WB region. RRI principles act as enablers to the shared learning and diffusion of R&I governance innovations at territorial level, enhancing R&I planning, including S3 Strategies in WB.
The project’s approach evolving through an analytical, reflective and implementation thread, operationally addresses the 5 WB territories (partners represent all parts of the quadruple helix) and subsequently influence the wider WB region, by activating the embedding of RRI into their R&I ecosystems. This is realised by RRI activities throughout the entire project (horizontal aspect), raising an active dialogue in the wider WB region and fostering the comprehension of all RRI pillars under a holistic framework based on a ‘smart directionality’ approach, offering stakeholder engagement with a focus on citizen participation. Alongside, 5 RRI ‘anchor’ initiatives (vertical aspect), as interventions touching in-depth specific RRI keys, territorial features and scientific domains, will allow RRI principles to be rooted in the territorial ecosystems leading to concrete impact to R&I territorial policies and societal regional needs. Finally, impact evaluation and dissemination activities focus on the project’s long-term sustainability.

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Section: Research Policy & Development

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Tags: Balkan, responsible research, RRI

Type: Networks

Program: H2020-SwafS-2020-1

Project Status: In progress

Project Duration: 36 months

Start/End: 03/2021 - 02/2024

Website: https://www.wbc-rri.net

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