What is EFARRI

The European Foundations Award for Responsible Research & Innovation (EFARRI) aims to identify research groups that have successfully incorporated methods to align research with the needs of society and contributed towards the development of a smart, inclusive and sustainable society. The award is a joint initiative of the King Baudouin Foundation (Belgium), “la Caixa” Foundation (Spain), Fondazione Cariplo (Italy), the Lundbeck Foundation (Denmark), the Robert Bosch Stiftung (Germany) and the European Foundation Centre Research Forum. Together they launched a first call in September 2015 in the framework of support for Responsible Research and Innovation in the European Research Area. The EFARRI award provides a unique opportunity to explore, articulate and share promising responsible research practices across Europe.


Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) is an approach that anticipates and assesses potential implications and societal expectations with regard to research and innovation. The ultimate aim is to foster the design of inclusive and sustainable research and innovation in and with society. RRI requires the inclusion of diverse stakeholders, anticipate and reflect on multiple values, communicate open and transparent, and respond or adapt based on feedback that is received in order to accommodate the wider range of stakeholders and their viewpoints that exist today and might arise in the future.To be eligible applicants had to address a responsible research and/or innovation practice with their not-for-profit project and be located in the European Research Area. The main findings and results from the fifteen selected finalists are presented in this website and are elaborated in more detail in the publication “Rewarding RRI”. They will serve as a source of new and inspirational practices for other researchers and be instructive for future applicants.