GRACE project has received funding from the European Union’s H2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 824521

Project summary

Grounding RRI Actions to Achieve Institutional Changes in European Research Funding and Performing Organisations (GRACE)

GRACE supports the European Commission’s objective of spreading and embedding Responsible Research and innovation (RRI) in the European Research area. The project will develop a set of Grounding Actions (GAs) in six Research Funding and Performing Organisations (RFPOs). This will be the basis for the tailor-made 8- year Roadmap towards RRI for each implementing organisation, ensuring its sustainability and full implementation over the long-term.

The project has four main objectives:

  • Activate rapidly and effectively RRI-oriented grounding actions (GAs) that will result in a set of clearly identifiable institutional arrangements.
  • Self-analyse each RFPO’s (implementing partner) needs, expectations and specific characteristics.
  • Capitalise on the existing knowledge on RRI implementation thanks to the involvement of expert partners and mutual-learning processes
  • Develop roadmaps that will be sustainable over time and result in RRI-oriented policy

Project Consortium and Stakeholders


GRACE is a collaborative project built by 10 partners coming from 8 countries (Belgium, Denmark, France, Italy, The Netherlands, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden):

  • European Science Foundation (Coordinator)
  • Knowledge and Innovation (K&I)
  • Aarhus University (AU)
  • South-East European Research Center (SEERC)
  • European Network for Science Centres and Museums (ECSITE)
  • University of Groningen (RUG)
  • University of Siena (UNISI)
  • Swedish Environmental Research Institute (IVL)
  • Agency for Management of Universities and Research Grants (AGAUR)
  • Research Center of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (ZRC SAZU)


The targeted stakeholders are divided in three different main groups: newcomers in the world of RRI institutional change, stakeholders of the RRI community and research and innovation (R&I) community that is potentially interested in RRI.

Role of ESF

ESF is the Project Coordinator and leads the work package on Communication, dissemination and exploitation.

Timeline & Funding

This is a 3-year project, starting on 1 January 2019. The total funding received from EC is 3.1M euros.

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 824521