RRING – Responsible Research and Innovation Networking Globally

UCC and ICoRSA (International Consortium of Research Staff Associations ) have
been awarded the Swafs14 2017 call “Linked up Global world of RRI”.

  • Aim: The overall project aim is to bring Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) into the linked up
    global world to promote mutual learning and collaboration in RRI. This will be achieved by the
    formation of the global RRING community network and by the development and mobilisation of a
    global Open Access RRI knowledge base. RRING will align RRI to the Sustainable Development Goals
    (SDGs) as a global common denominator.


  • Context: There has almost been two decades of European initiatives to promote and progress
    Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in academia, research and research performing
    organisations (RPO). There has been a wealth of RRI projects and consortium, it is becoming
    increasingly obvious that some methodology is required to capture all the knowledge and use it to
    drive and consolidate the great progress made. There is a danger that the separate initiatives will
    perpetuate a fracture development in RRI, hindering its proper development.


  • Goal: The RRING project acknowledges that each region of the world is advancing its own agenda on
    RRI. Therefore, RRING will not be producing a Global RRI framework or strategy that is meant to be
    enforced in a top-down manner. Rather, increased coherence and convergence in RRI will be
    achieved via a bottom-up approach, learning from best practices in RRI globally and from linkages,
    via the new RRING community, to develop the RRI linked-up world.


  • RRING will have the following 5 objectives covered in workpackages WP 3-7:
    • 1. WP 3: State of the Art (SOA) review by key RI geographic groupings and territories of RRI:
      The key geographies are the EU including associated countries and Russia, North America,
      South America, China, India, Africa and SE Asia including Japan and Korea.
    • 2. WP 4: Comparative analysis of SoA with the goals: Global RRI convergence opportunities and
      limitations and strategies.
    • 3. WP 5: Development of RRI as an advantage competitively and otherwise: Qualitative and
      quantative analysis of RRI impacts for the key stakeholders by geography.
    • 4. WP 6: Create a Framework and strategy to ensure maximum impact of global RRI adoption
      and convergence.
    • 5. WP 7: Establishment of a perpetual global RRI network: This will consist of recognised
      leaders and experts in RRI who will act as RRI Elders.


  • Experts covering all of the below are areas:
    • The six Pillars of RRI: Ethics, GE, Open Access/Data, Science education, Public engagement,
      under the umbrella of Governance.
    • Disciplines specifically mentioned in the call: Digital, Single Market, the Energy Union, bio-
      economy and waste management.


  • The coordinator of the RRING project, will be hosted in MaREI Centre, University College Cork:
    • MaREI (Marine Renewable Energy Ireland ), UCC is a centre for renewable energy research,
      development and innovation centre. The centre has the expertise of a wide range of research
      groups and industry partners, with the shared missions of solving the main scientific, technical and socio-economic challenges across the marine and energy spaces.
    • MaREI has over 30 years experience leading and participating in National European and International Research projects, and a track record of successfully delivering over two hundred commercial contracts with small to medium enterprises and multinational corporations.

RRING coordinator location

Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy Ireland (MaREI).
Environmental Research Institute, Beaufort Building
Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork.

Email & Telephone
Telephone: +353 (0) 21 486 4300

Name: Gordon Dalton

© RRING Project 2018.