Referència: Science with and for Society Work Programme. [SwafS-04-2016] Grant Agreement Number 741527
The ORIONproject (Open Responsible research and Innovation to further Outstanding kNowledge) focuses on triggering evidence-based institutional, cultural and behavioural changes in Research Funding and Performing Organizations (RFPOs), targeting researchers, management staff and high-level leadership. Our long term vision is to “embed” Open Science and Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) principles (ethics, gender, governance, open access, public engagement, and science education) in RFPOs, in their policies, practices and processes to organize and do research. We will initially carry out an assessment exercise on Open Science awareness and practice in RFPOs and organise an open consultation among targeted stakeholders. We will then co-design and perform “co-creation experiments” with different groupings of RRI actors.Our experiments will tackle three specific challenges of Open Science:
Opening up the research engine: research is everywhere and affects almost everybody – how can RFPOs become more “porous” to receiving input from a multitude of stakeholders? ORION participating RFPOs will experiment with different and complementary approaches to embed Open Science in the way funding and research are organised.
2. Identifying risks and opportunities presented by disruptive technologies: technologies such as genome editing by CRISPR-Cas9 are revolutionising the way we can edit our genomes “a la carte”. What risks and opportunities do these emerging technologies present to society? We will explore this from a range of perspectives by engaging with multiple stakeholders – researchers, funders, patient associations, industry, and legal and ethical experts.
3. Running multi-stakeholder projects in fundamental research: Citizen science (CS) allows integration of citizens in scientific projects with mutual benefit for scientists and other stakeholders. We would like to take the challenge of citizen science a step further and use this approach in fundamental research in life sciences and biomedicine, areas not yet well explored with CS projects. We would like to engage multiple stakeholders through the whole research lifecycle: from project conception to hypothesis generation, data collection, analysis and further exploitation. Once more we want to ask what the problems and opportunities are, what interest, conflicts and values are at stake, and what we can co-create together in fundamental research.
By designing and implementing the experiments together with different stakeholders, we will apply the RRI principles to reflect on the scientific process and governance. We will use these challenges as case studies to try out different co-design/co-creation methods with multiple stakeholders, and engaging unusual blends of actors, e.g. funders and citizens, or researchers, industry and citizens. We will identify drivers and barriers, interests and values, and in some cases produce “prototypes”, in the format of new projects, new research and funding frameworks, and perhaps even products. We will also generate new training programmes and modules, targeting young researchers, established scientists and professionals working in funding agencies, to raise knowledge about Open Science and RRI principles and practices, therefore enriching the current collections (e.g. RRI-Tools and FOSTER training platforms).
Specific tasks of the group in the project: Evaluation. ORION project will perform evaluation of the potential institutional changes promoted by the project at multiple levels: at the core on the RFPOs, on multiple stakeholders during participating to the co-creation experiments and training, and beyond the project´s activities. The different transformative actions carried out along the project will be evaluated in terms of impact and effectiveness for all the different target groups engaged in our research-opening process (life-science research community, policy makers, industry and citizens). The focus of WP5 includes the continuous and formative evaluation throughout the project in order to allow evidence-based decision-making, to measure the impact of the outputs of the project beyond simple numerical outcomes such as numbers reached; and also to analyse and understand ORION’s contribution to the expected institutional and cultural changes.
3.157.301€ (UAB 176.875€)
Membres del CRECIM participants:
Digna Couso (IP), Marina Jiménez, Anna Garrido, Víctor López, Maria Isabel Hernández, Raquel Ríos Font