Building Self-Sustaining Research and Innovation Ecosystems in Europe through Responsible Research and Innovation


SeeRRI establishes a foundation for building self-sustaining R&I; ecosystems in Europe by developing a framework for integrating RRI approach into regional development policies in 3 European territories: B30 Area (ES), Polymer and Mechatronic Cluster (AU), and Nordland Region (NO). To self-sustain, SeeRRI ecosystem will be “healthy”, i.e. adaptive, resilient, reproducible, continuous learning, and open or closed when needed. With 12 quadruple-helix partners from government authorities, clusters and SMEs, academics, and civil organization, SeeRRI will build an integrated framework based on literature review and co-creation with the relevant stakeholders. By mapping the territorial R&I; ecosystem, SeeRRI will understand the supporting conditions for R&I; and identify the stakeholders that will be involved to formulate a variety of scenarios for building a self-sustaining ecosystem in their territories. The engaged stakeholders will gain awareness and insights while engaging in creative collaboration using workshops and open-labs, thus will function as multipliers and promote RRI principles in their territories and beyond. The input from stakeholders will contribute to defining and validating a framework for self-sustaining R&I; ecosystems developed by the project team, which will generate concrete activities to be implemented. Furthermore, SeeRRI will evaluate the activities carried out in the pilot territories and assess their impact at EU level, thus offering concrete guidelines for policies, suggesting conditions and governance structures for the R&I; ecosystems with a roadmap tool identifying RRI openings in Smart Specialisation process. Finally, SeeRRI will establish a Network of Affiliated Territories, i.e. other territories with a composition that could mirror SeeRRI ecosystem, to help contribute, improve, and apply SeeRRI framework. Learning and best practices will be transferred across territories. This will facilitate its scaling-up at European and global level.

Project details

Unibo Team Leader: Simona Tondelli

Unibo involved Department/s:
Dipartimento di Architettura

Nordlandsforskning AS(Norway)

Other Participants:
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - Università di Bologna (Italy)
Fundacion Instituto De Investigacion Innaxis (Spain)
Generalitat De Catalunya (Spain)
Ecoplus.Niederosterreichs Wirtschaftsagentur Gmbh (Austria)
Research And Innovation Management Gmbh (Austria)
Nordland Fylkeskommune-Nordland County Council (Norway)
WeDo | Project intelligence made easy, S.L. (Spain)
Ait Austrian Institute Of Technology Gmbh (Austria)
NHO Nordland (Norway)
University Of Haifa (Israel)
Universitat Autonoma De Barcelona (Spain)

Total Eu Contribution: Euro (EUR) 2.031.612,50
Project Duration in months: 30
Start Date: 01/01/2019
End Date: 31/10/2021

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Partnerships for the goals This project contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 824588 This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 824588