JERRI - Joining Efforts for Responsible Research and Innovation



Joining Efforts for RRI – JERRI – made a substantial contribution to deeply institutionalizing practices and attitudes of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in the European Research Area. For this purpose JERRI was orchestrating a deep RRI transition process within the two largest European Research and Technology Organizations (RTOs), the German Fraunhofer Gesellschaft and the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research. The process was conceptualized as an intense mutual learning process between the two organizations, a wider circle of RTOs, and stakeholders across Europe. Thus, JERRI exploited the unique mediating function of RTOs to catalyze RRI transition processes in industry, society and policy across the European research and innovation landscape.

User Specific Results

On the following websites, we condensed and tailored the main results of JERRI for specific target groups. All three briefs present both the products generated by JERRI and lessons learned from the process but with different emphasis depending on the target group’s main interest. The content of these user briefs was generated by the whole JERRI team including dimension leaders at TNO and Fraunhofer with support from the JERRI advisory board in a number of workshops and project meetings.

JERRI User Brief: Industry

JERRI User Brief for Policy Makers

JERRI User Brief: RTOs

RRI Transition Process in Fraunhofer and TNO

The following pages provide more information on concrete RRI related goals and pilot projects, which Fraunhofer and TNO developed and implemented within the JERRI project.

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RRI goals and pilot projects of Fraunhofer

RRI Goals and pilot projects of TNO


  • development of specific RRI goals within Fraunhofer and TNO, based on existing good practices, and in close interaction with stakeholders, for the following five key dimensions: Ethics, Societal Engagement, Gender Equality and Gender in Research and Innovation Content, Science Education, Open Access
  • set up of action plans for each key dimension followed by the realization of RRI practices in pilot cases
  • organisational change process accompanied by deep institutionalisation theoretical framework and impact monitoring
  • distribution of good practices among internal and external stakeholders and further RTOs
  • international mutual learning on good RRI practices at both the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the Arizona State University (ASU) 

The project runs fromJune 2016 until May 2019 under the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 / Science with and for Society programme (SwafS).


In JERRI, Fraunhofer and TNO embarked on a joint learning process on building capacity for responsible research and innovation i.e. for creating impact together with society that is both socially desirable, sustainable and ethically acceptable.



Dr. Philine Warnke
Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI
Breslauer Strasse 48
76139 Karlsruhe

+49 721 6809-326

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This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No. 709747.