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EUREC Projects: ETHNA System

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    Ethics Governance System for RRI in Higher Education, Funding and Research Centres (ETHNA System)


    The Objective of ETHNA System is to implement and enforce an internal management and procedural system of the Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) within 6 European Higher Education, Funding and Research Centres (HEFRC). It aims to generate a process of Ethical Governance of the RRI where Gender equality, Open Science, Citizensí Engagement and Integrity Research (ethics) dimensions will be also necessarily addressed through a multi-stakeholder governance. It will be translated into a new formal organisational structure that will facilitate the compliance with all RRI dimensions in all scientific disciplines as well as assuring the innovations accomplished are made according to the needs of civil society demands.
    And to move from theory to practice, an ethical infrastructure is developed: an Ethna Office of the RRI that offers guidelines as well as a system to ethically manage the dimensions of the RRI through four tools (ethical code, ethics committee, ethical hotline and progress indicators to report). The Ethna Office will be implemented in each HEFRC that will use the same protocol but adapted to its idiosyncrasy and specificity.


  • implement and validate a new formal organizational structure within the management structure in 6 different HERCs of the consortium (Spain, Norway, Bulgaria, Estonia, Aus-tria and Portugal) and 3 types of contexts (Universities, Funding research organisations and Technological Parks)
  • develop a sustainability plan to to maximise the impact during 5 years after the end of the project
  • mutual learning among the consortium partners
  • Duration: Jan 2020 - Dec 2022

    For further information visit the ETHNA System website, Twitter @ethnasystem and Facebook

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    ETHNA System has received funding from the European Unionís Horizon 2020 research and innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No 872360.

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