Alliance for Responsible Science

The Alliance for Responsible Science was founded in June 2015. The aim of this network is to initiate changes in the research landscape and to align everyday activities more closely with civil society. In the meantime, 51 institutions from the fields of science, research, education and practice have declared their willingness to jointly pursue this path.


Responsible Science, also referred to as "Responsible Research and Innovation" (RRI) in the EU context, actively involves civil society in research and innovation processes in order to meet current challenges more effectively and in line with the values, expectations and needs of society.

Austria has also included Responsible Science as an important element in the Action Plan for a Competitive Research Area (in German: Aktionsplan für einen wettbewerbsfähigen Forschungsraum) of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research (BMBWF) published in 2015 and founded the Alliance for Responsible Science to promote cultural change in the scientific community.


At present, the Alliance for Responsible Science has 51 members from the field of supporting institutions, from education and practice, from the non-university research sector and from the university sector. All institutions have signed the Memorandum of Understanding and agreed to pursue the Responsible Science objectives.

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Why join?

By joining, new members join a network of institutions that has set itself the goal of orienting itself towards social values and needs and jointly promoting cultural change in the research landscape.

How can an institution become a member?

Membership in the Alliance for Responsible Science is free of charge. There are no obligations associated with it.

If your institution is interested in joining, please inform the staff of the Center for Citizen Science via e-mail to They will contact you immediately to take the necessary steps.

Responsible Science Pilot Projects

Some of the Sparkling Science projects already fulfilled part of the RRI key dimensions defined by the European Commission during the program's lifetime.

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Further Initiatives & RRI Information


In 2014 the "Platform Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) Austria" (RRI Platform) was launched. It is a competence network that collects experiences from national and international RRI projects, promotes scientific exchange, communicates the RRI concept to stakeholders and the public and supports RRI projects.

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Research Platform Responsible Research and Innovation in Academic Practice

The research platform of the University of Vienna has set itself the goal of exploring the conditions for responsible action at the university along various topics and in close interdisciplinary cooperation.

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Rome Declaration on Responsible Research and Innovation in Europe

Responsible Research and Innovation – Europe’s ability to respond to societal challenges