GRANTS FOR INTEGRATING SOCIETY IN SCIENCE AND INNOVATION
ISSI.3.2015 Knowledge Sharing Platform
Specific challenge: Evidence from Sixth Framework Programme Science and Society (S&S) and Seventh Framework Programme Science in Society (SiS) programmes shows that more consistent policy development in Science and Technology requires systematic...
ISSI.4.2015 On-line mechanisms for knowledge-based policy advice
Specific challenge: In a global perspective Europe can gain from effective knowledge-based decision-making, widening its knowledge base beyond science, not the least with regard to science, technology and innovation (STI) governance itself. This...
Citizens' interests and values need to be better integrated into science, technology, research and innovation issues, policies and activities. This integration will increase the quality, relevance, social acceptability and sustainability of research and innovation outcomes in various fields of activity from social innovation to nanotechnology. This integration will be made possible by promoting Responsible Research and Innovation, i.e. the engagement of citizens and society in a co-creative research and innovation process.
Responsible Research and Innovation are part of the effort to establish the European Research Area and fulfil the commitment of the Innovation Union. In 2014 and 2015, Science with and for Society will promote and further the understanding of Responsible Research and Innovation by combining actions in particular aiming at:
- Developing citizens’ interest and capacities for science and allowing them to actively participate in various scientific activities (e.g. exhibitions and science cafés, grass roots "Do It Yourself" (DiY) creative re-use communities, on-line mechanisms for knowledge-based policy advice);
- Fostering the dissemination of information and good practices through a Knowledge Sharing Platform (KSP), including networking, monitoring and assessing relevant initiatives;
- Supporting structural change in the research organisation and higher education institutions to promote Responsible Research and Innovation.
These activities are targeted to citizens and their associations or groupings, researchers and innovators, research organisations, policy and decision makers at national, regional and local levels, primary, secondary and higher education establishments, science museums, libraries, media, artists, creative industries, etc.
The expected outcome of European Commission actions is a net improvement of the integration of society in science and innovation.