is a project that aims at further integrating Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in the research and innovation systems on national and international levels. The concept of RRI is an approach which intends to bridge gaps between science, research and innovation communities and society at large by fostering more inclusive, anticipatory, open and responsive research and innovation systems. In this frame, multiple stakeholders (from research, business, policy making, education and civil society) are involved in research and innovation on the project and system level to better align its processes and outcomes with the values, needs and expectations of society. A first big step was the operationalisation of RRI into the following six key elements: ethics, gender equality, governance, public engagement, science education and open access.

The Social Labs

are at the core of the project. Their goal is to provide a socially based, experimental and systematic approach for addressing complex social challenges related to RRI. Each Social Lab is dedicated to a different section of Horizon 2020 (H2020), the current European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. For every section of H2020 different stakeholders will gather in a Social Lab to define the social challenges at stake and develop social experiments to overcome them. This process will eventually produce storylines and narratives which will be shared as widely as possible to mainstream RRI.


Starting May 2018, the Estonian Union of Co-operative Housing Associations (EKYL) participates in a Social Lab “Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy”.

Contact in EKYL: Anu Sarnet, +372 627 5742,