New registration round for Responsible Innovation

Submit registrations for NWO-MVI up to 14 June 2016

29 April 2016

Researchers may pre-register proposals for the new round of NWO's Responsible Innovation (NWO-MVI) programme until 14 June 2016. The programme is for joint projects of researchers engaged in the humanities, science and the social and behavioural sciences. Together with companies and civil society organisations, they identify at the development stage of innovations the potential ethical and societal issues that may arise. Addressing these issues early on will increase support among stakeholders and also the likelihood of successful innovations. The call for proposals for the new NWO-MVI registration round is aligned to all top sectors and the Dutch National Research Agenda.

What is Responsible Innovation?

The success of innovations increasingly depends on how they are embedded in society. Integral and innovative solutions are required to address issues concerning food, care, health, safety, energy and raw material usage. Highly promising innovations risk failure if ethical and societal questions are not addressed at the outset. Examples include the public discussions about extracting shale gas, CO2 capture and storage, electronic patient records and the 'smart energy meter'. The object of the NWO-MVI research programme is to generate successful innovations, taking the ethical and societal aspects into account.

Substantive emphases of the new registration round

The research agenda underlying the new NWO-MVI call for proposals consists partly of generic questions that are related to Responsible Innovation in the wider sense and are inspired by questions in the Dutch National Research Agenda. The other part of the NWO-MVI research agenda consists of questions with a specific tie-in with all top sectors, including Logistics and Creative Industry. A new element is the possibility to submit a registration that runs in parallel with a registration for the NWO Building Blocks of Life programme. Something else that is new is the participation of TKI Gas, which facilitates research in the gas sector. All registrations require co-financing of at least 20%, of which companies must contribute at least half. The other half of the co-financing may now also be contributed by public sector partners. This creates more possibilities for knowledge institutions to collaborate with private and public sector partners.

Source: NWO


Science area

Humanities Chemical Sciences


Responsible innovation


Collaboration in themes (2011-2014) Theme: Responsible Innovation (2007-2010)