Highly promising innovations can fail because ethical and societal questions are not taken into account in good time. Examples are discussions about the extraction of shale gas, the electronic patient file, and the ‘smart energy meter’. In the case of responsible innovation possible ethical and societal consequences of the innovation are already involved at an early stage. For this NWO has developed the Responsible Innovation research programme.
The responsible innovation approach has become a tried and tested formula. NWO Responsible Innovation research for innovations within the top sectors that is tackled in a socially responsible manner will not hinder the growth and opportunities in the market but can instead accelerate these. As the ethical and societal aspects have already been taken into account during the design phase, complex and costly adjustments in retrospect can be prevented and opportunities for better products and services arise. The responsible innovation approach therefore offers many opportunities for the top sectors and industry. This is why the Responsible Innovation programme has a prominent position in all of the top sectors.
Platform for Responsible Innovation
The importance of the NWO Responsible Innovation programme is widely recognised, thanks to the experience and expertise gained and with the help of the NWO-MVI community. In 2016, the research programme will develop into a platform for responsible innovation to provide information, inspiration and contacts for researchers, companies, government bodies and societal organisations. As announced at the NWO-MVI Conference 2016, the Platform will be launched in autumn 2016.
More about Responsible Innovation research
Responsible Innovation | Brochure 2015 PDF, 657 KB
Responsible Innovation | Project Summaries PDF, 3.42 MB
Responsible Innovation | Project Summaries 2 PDF, 2.14 MB