TeRRItoria project has received funding from the European Union’s H2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 824565

Project summary

TErritorial Responsible Research and Innovation ThrOugh the involvement of local R&IA actors (TeRRItoria)

The importance of developing a “Territorial RRI” may be better understood by taking into consideration the broader transitional processes affecting European society. In the view of TeRRItoria, with the shift from modern to the so-called post-modern society, both science and local governance are experiencing critical transformations. Such critical transformations are challenging the usual strategies and measures to promote social cohesion and economic development. In this framework, the overall objective of TeRRItoria is to experiment with the adoption of RRI approaches in European regional and territorial RRI systems, opening these systems to a wider set of actors. TeRRItoria is based on the idea that RRI approaches, policies and practices, developed so far at the level of research institutions, should also be adapted and implemented to that of regional and territorial governance. Therefore, the project will contribute to developing what can be called a “Territorial RRI” by developing a set of transformative experiments in 5 European selected territories – 4 regions and 1 municipality, that is:

  • Region of Central Macedonia (Greece)
  • Region of Emilia Romagna (Italy)
  • Region of Trøndelag (Norway)
  • Region of North-East (Romania)
  • MMunicipality of Gabrovo (Bulgaria)

Project Consortium and Stakeholders


TeRRItoria is a collaborative project built by 13 entities, coming from 9 countries (Greece, Italy, Denmark, Norway, Bulgaria, Italy, Belgium, France and Romania):

  • European Science Foundation (Coordinator)
  • Knowledge & Innovation (K&I Srls)
  • Aarhus University (AU)
  • Region of Central Macedonia (RCM)
  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
  • Applied Research and Communications Fund (ARC-Fund)
  • European Association of Development Agencies (EURADA)
  • South East European Research Centre (SEERC)
  • Danish Board of Technology (DBT)
  • Municipality of Gabrovo (GABROVO)
  • Community of Trondelag (TRONDELAG)
  • North-East Regional Development Agency (ARD Nord-Est)


The targeted stakeholders include actors from research, business, public authorities, citizens and civil society organisations.

Role of ESF

ESF has assumed the role of project coordinator.

Timeline & Funding

This is a 3-year project, starting on 1 January 2019. The total funding received from EC is 2M euros.

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 824565