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Digitalize or die - Dynamic drivers of responsible research and innovation in health and welfare services

According to the Horizon 2020 programme, 'Responsible research and innovation (RRI) is an approach that anticipates and assesses potential implications and societal expectations with regard to research and innovation, with the aim to foster the design of inclusive and sustainable research and innovation'.

This project aims to identify a number of digital and welfare firms at three different stages of commercialisation - start-ups, those that have been launched and established firms. We aim to understand how these firms fit into the RRI framework and how their fit within this framework affects their commercialisation, taking into consideration their own specific context. 

We will also look at how information and communication technology facilitates innovation in healthcare and welfare services, and explore how this could be done in a responsible way. 

This project will also explore the role of users, caregivers, patients and relatives in innovation processes in health and welfare services. We will examine social perceptions of what constitutes responsible research and innovation, and how these vary across different regions, communities and social groups. 

The project is sponsored by the Norwegian Research Council and includes six participating countries: Australia, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, UK and the USA.


September 2017 to February 2019