Innovation and european projects

  • LIV:IN seeks to become a flagship initiative for the effective integration of RRI in industry that is transferable across sectors. This project specifically focuses on the information and communications technology (ICT) industry and smart future living.

    LIV:IN will create both physical and virtual spaces for co-creating smart future living systems together with and for industrial technology providers, application developers, and citizens in line with the principles of RRI. The project follows an opportunity-oriented approach and acknowledges RRI as a means to consider societal concerns and to co-create new business opportunities. As a result of these activities, LIV:IN will engage industry leaders, experts and citizens to experiment with responsible ways of co-creating innovations for smart future living.

    Website and more information coming soon.

    «This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 787991».


  • The European project RRI Tools, led by the ”la Caixa” Foundation and financed by the European Commission within its Seventh Framework Program (FP7), was carried out over a three-year period (2014-2016) by a multi-disciplinary consortium made up of 26 institutions from 30 countries in the European Research Area, distributed into 19 active RRI Hubs.

    The purpose of the RRI Tools project was to develop a package of digital tools, the RRI Toolkit, a set of online tools aimed at training, disseminating and applying responsible research and innovation in Europe.

    To complement all these resources, RRI Tools developed a training program with a set of materials and more than ninety seminars run in 2016 throughout Europe. The object of these seminars was to train all the stakeholders involved in the RDI sphere to implement RRI and foster the dissemination of this concept all over Europe.

    RRI Tools has constructed a community of practice that now has over 1,100 members and 5,000 followers on social networks, and is growing by the day, proving there is considerable interest on the part of the different European stakeholders.

    As of 2017, ”la Caixa” Foundation has taken on the running and continuity of the project in order to ensure that the platform remains active in the coming years.

    «This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No. 612393».


  • The GENDER-NET project began in the year 2013 with an award of assistance by the European Commission with the primary aim of meeting the common challenges still faced by European research institutions in achieving gender equality in research and innovation.

    The project ended in October 2016, but because of its success over these three years, it has received a further subsidy to extend it for five more years (2017-2022), giving rise to GENDER-NET Plus ERA-NET Cofund.

    With the ”la Caixa” Foundation and the Spanish ministry of Finance, Industry and Competitiveness (MINECO) as Spanish partners, this project depends on a consortium of sixteen organisations with the primary aim of reinforcing transnational cooperation between the owners and managers of research programmes, giving support to the promotion of gender equality through institutional change and encouraging the inclusion of sex and gender analysis in finance and research programmes. 

    To achieve this, the first international call has been launched with a financial allocation of €9M for research and gender projects based on the Sustainable Development Goals and, specifically, in the following fields:

    - Health and welfare.
    - Infrastructures, industrialisation and innovation.
    - Climate change.

    The projects must be multinational with at least 3 different countries represented in the consortium and they must be led by non-profit organisations, universities and university foundations, research centres, technological centres, hospitals or hospital foundations.

    The call is open until 1 March 2018.

    You can check all of the documents needed for the call and access the application platform on this link.

    GENDER-NET Plus has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No [741874].


  • The aim of the COMPASS project is to analyse how Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) can be included in a meaningful way in the innovation systems that exist in European industry.

    Thus, it sets out to provide evidence for better absorption of RRI in research, development and innovation (RDI) and to foster cooperation in three key fields of innovation: biomedicine, nanotechnology and cyber-security. Another goal is the sustainable, responsible promotion of RDI in the running of highly innovative companies.

    To develop responsible innovation road maps, the project will involve compiling evidence of the benefits of RRI to industry through interviews with professionals, case studies of companies in the sectors assessed and organising “Responsible Innovation Laboratories”.

    The ”la Caixa” Foundation takes part in the project by designing and starting up the “Responsible Innovation Laboratories”, specifically in the biomedical sector in Catalonia, and leads communication and dissemination of the measures.

    «This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 710543».


  • EIT Health is a unique European Union initiative to stimulate innovation and entrepreneurial spirit throughout Europe under the auspices of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). The EIT Health consortium won a competitive round of tendering run by the EIT in 2015 to be the vehicle for promoting innovation in biomedicine and health in the European Union in the next seven years.

    EIT Health collaborates with the ”la Caixa” Foundation through the CaixaResearch programme, supporting biomedical research projects with the potential to transfer the results of their research to society through the setting up of spin-offs or licences.

  • The aim of the HEIRRI project (from HEI, Higher Education Institutions, and RRI, Responsible Research and Innovation) with the help of the ”la Caixa” Foundation, is to incorporate the concept of RRI in scientific and engineering degree courses, and to work essentially through universities and other higher education institutions (HEIs).

    The project lasts for three years and has a budget of about one and a half million euros, financed by the European Commission Horizon 2020 programme, among others.

    HEIRRI project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 666004.