Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI)

Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) is a cross-cutting element. M-ERA.NET will contribute to a wider public debate on the impact of materials research, ethically, for relevant SDGs and a circular economy and will encourage applicants to take RRI aspects in consideration when constructing their research proposal.

During 2021 M-ERA.NET developed its first "Guidelines for Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in the context of materials science" to

  1. introduce the idea of Responsible Research & Innovation (RRI)
  2. explain how M-ERA.NET supports RRI
  3. offer practical advice for operationalising RRI in projects and
  4. provide sources of further information for applicants

This is a ‘live document’ developed by M-ERA.NET in cooperation with external RRI advisors taking into consideration input provided by materials scientists and funding organisations. These RRI guidelines were developed in a co-creation process including a workshop with the community.

This document should help

  • applicants to M-ERA.NET calls
  • evaluators of proposals submitted to M-ERA.NET calls
  • funding organisations

It can also be used when preparing proposals submitted to other funding schemes within the scope of materials research which address RRI-related aspects, for instance Horizon Europe.

Contact person for RRI is Cecilie A. Mathiesen at The Research Council of Norway (cam(at)