Leveraging Leadership for Responsible Research and Innovation in Territories

RRI-LEADERS project will explore the application and sustainability of the RRI paradigm within territorial research and innovation systems, with a special emphasis on instrumentalising territorial leadership in the design of policies that are anticipatory, inclusive, reflexive and responsive.

2nd Policy-learning workshop

Meeting of representatives of the four-helix stakeholders for sharing experiences in territorial RRI.
20th and 21st October 2022

Transformative outlooks

Future-oriented strategy and action plans centred on the specific territorial policy areas

September 2022- December 2023

World cafés

Meeting of stakeholders to debate the results of Delphi surveys

27 June- 14 July 2022

Internal RRI reviews

Internal RRI review in the consortium partners’ organisations

January-April 2022

1st Policy-learning workshop

Meeting of representatives of the four-helix stakeholders for sharing experiences in territorial RRI.

1st March 2022

Delphi surveys

Implementation of surveys to reach a consensus about territorial RRI integration in concrete policy foci.

January – April 2022

Territorial RRI audit report

Analytical territorial report about the findings of previous activities, enriched with contributions from representatives of the quadrulple helix.

November-December 2021

Mapping territorial RRI systems discourse

Identification of the RRI keys and the AIRR dimensions in the territorial policy discourses.

June – October 2021

Mapping territorial R&I eco-systems and stakeholders

Analysis of R&I eco-systems and stakeholders to identify RRI existing practices and actors susceptible to integrate it.

March-April 2021



The project adopts the usual understanding of RRI, as defined by von Schomberg: “A transparent, interactive process by which societal actors and innovators become mutually responsive to each other with a view to the (ethical) acceptability, sustainability and societal desirability of the innovation process and its marketable products”, but as a particular feature, it will also include societal actors as co-creators in the innovation processes, and enable leadership in the development of policies with a future outlook.


Leveraging shared leadership in the uptake of Responsible Research and Innovation across four diverse territories with a view of:

Facilitating the adoption of RRI principles within territorial governance objectives through innovative, inclusive and responsive multi-actor approach to the development of policies on issues related to science and innovation.

Providing an evolutionary perspective on the future of RRI in territorial policy and governance.

About us

RRI-LEADERS represents a partnership of nine organisations, of which five are methodological partners and four are territorial partners, collectively coming from five countries – Bulgaria, Denmark, Greece, Spain (Catalonia) and Switzerland, led by the Applied Research and Communications Fund (Bulgaria).

The project


The Transformative Outlooks will be the final outcomes obtained after the whole co-creation process. They will provide a future-oriented action plan with strategies and measures for implementing the intended transformation in each of the territories to improve RRI.