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Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) 

The EU Horizon 2020 programme is one of the largest funding opportunity open to University of Malta researchers. A key programme aim is to embed Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) within research and research institutions. RRI has become an increasingly important phrase within policy narratives, in particular for Europe. Incorporating the concept is essential to receive funding. But what is RRI? And how can it be incorporated into your research? 

RRI is based on the principle that society should be involved in every step of the research process, thus ensuring a greater commitment to addressing societal needs, an understanding of other actors needs and role in the research, a reflection on the impacts that today’s decisions may have in the future and increased transparency and openness in the research and innovation processes. Critical awareness and a sense of social responsibility are also considered necessary skills in RRI. 


Research Impact: How to be Responsible Research Innovation (RRI) Ready



Guest Speaker and Public Engagement Expert: 

Target Audience: 
This workshop is useful both to students and academics undergoing research to be up to date with the wider EU strategic vision for research and innovation. It aims to create a space for dialogue and exchange of ideas with other peers on their research practice that foster self-reflective skills and can shed a new light on how to view their research when based on RRI principles.
Duration of session: 3 hours   

Workshop overview

The workshop will first introduce the RRI concept and case studies of RRI best practice. This will be followed by design-led group activities and mapping exercises that will encourage researchers to critically reflect about how RRI can be practically implemented in their own domain and context and how to incorporate RRI to improve the impact of research and increase funding success. 

The workshop will host RRI expert Dr Susan Vickers from the Wellcome Genome Campus in Cambridge who will guide participants in the activities and provide with practical examples of RRI best practice. 

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this workshop, participants should be able to: 

  • Understand the concept of RRI
  • Understand its implications on the researcher’s work 
  • Creatively incorporate the concept of RRI into his/her own work
  • Understand how to incorporate RRI principles into grant proposals