SIMAVI joins a partnership of universities and research institutes across Europe, to help monitor Responsible Research and Innovation policies and practices and promote their societal, democratic and economic benefits.
Across Europe, the analysts have spotted a rising need for a more dynamic governance and a better societal integration of research and innovation. Internal drivers of change (such as the digitalization of science) and political will to better align with societal needs and concerns are bringing about aspirational policies and processes of transformation of the Research & Innovation system, including those of RRI – Responsible Research and Innovation.
In order for the aspirations of RRI to be realised, robust tools must be developed for R&I policy and practice. The MoRRI European project (2014-2018) conceptualised and implemented the first RRI monitoring system in Europe. The SUPER_MoRRI project, in which SIMAVI is partner, builds upon and continues the work of MoRRI, ensuring sustained data collection, curation, further assessment and refinement of the MoRRI indicators. SUPER_MoRRI literally stands for Scientific understanding and provision of an enhanced and robust monitoring system for RRI.
The data will be complemented by also monitoring selected non-EU countries. Furthermore, SUPER_MoRRI goes well beyond and develops a more complete scientific understanding of the complex and diverse relationships between RRI policies and practices and their societal, democratic and economic benefits.
These theoretical advances together with the continuous data stream into the project form the basis of the iterative learning processes needed to create a mature monitoring system with indicators and metrics that are robust, realistic, responsible, and easy to implement.
To meet these ambitious research challenges, the original scientific partners of MoRRI have included complementary RRI expertise to form the truly interdisciplinary SUPER_MoRRI consortium. Last, but not least, the project includes a series of measures to facilitate dissemination of the mature monitoring framework, including international benchmarking and an easy-to-customize online dashboard system.
What is SIMAVI’s role in SUPER_MoRRI
The Romanian software developer and integrator will develop an interactive online tool (data repository) for users to access, retrieve, compare and visualize a range of data on RRI.
The dashboard will include aggregate comparisons by country for the RRI indicators, their key dimension and the actors.
These will be then integrated with a self-assessment tool and an intranet for consortium members.
The SuperMORRI Self-Assessment Tool (SAT) aims to provide a method of assistance to various types of stakeholder groups (primarily Research Performing Organizations) to measure and assess their performance in terms various RRI indicators.
The SuperMoRRI SAT builds on the idea and concerns of a “thinking tool”, particularly the Societal Readiness Thinking Tool (https://thinkingtool.eu/). The consortium of 9 partners aims to stimulate thinking and interest in this field.
Leader: Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI (Germany)
Partners: Software Imagination and Vision SIMAVI (Romania), Universitetet I Bergen UiB (Norway), Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior De Investigaciones Cientificas CSIC (Spain), Institut Fuer Hoehere Studien - Institute For Advanced Studies IHS (Austria), Universiteit Leiden ULEI (Netherlands), Aarhus Universitet AU (Denmark).
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 824671. The project will end in 2023.
Project website (also developed by SIMAVI): https://super-morri.eu/