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EUREC Projects: proEthics

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    Participatory Real Life Experiments in Research and Innovation Funding Organisations on Ethics (PRO-Ethics)


    PRO-Ethics’ overall objective is to create a comprehensive, co-developed, tested and widely consulted Ethics Framework that enables a more effective handling of the ethical dimension of innovation, with a special focus on the engagement of citizens in participative innovation, to the benefit of more relevant, fair and effective innovation activities. In order to reach this overall objective, PRO-Ethics has the following specific objectives:
  • To gather and systematise needs, requirements and values of citizens (including the underlying ethical principles) within participatory processes to improve access and avoid a technological divide
  • To create and promote fair and gender sensitive interaction modes taking into account legal frameworks, governance structures and regulations, codes of practice, and tools (including IT Tools)
  • To test, pilot and assess novel participation configurations in three fields of action of RFOs‘ ac-tivities: Participation in innovation projects, participation in strategy development and participation in evaluation processes
  • To validate findings in interactive learning formats and in dialogue with stakeholders and ethic bodies
  • To secure a widespread take-up of the developed framework across the European Union (and beyond) by consulting, sharing, and promoting standards, principles, and guidelines

  • Outcomes:

    PRO-Ethics aims to create a significant impact on innovation ethics through its processes and products by employing the strategic positions and strengths of the PRO-Ethics project partners. The major expected impact of PRO-Ethics is to enable and facilitate a more effective handling of the ethical dimension of innovation, in particular regarding new modes of interaction and novel participation configurations. Impact can be traced in the mid-term through the following quantified key-performance indicators (KPIs):
  • RFOs from 15 European countries endorse the PRO-Ethics framework at project end
  • 1000s of innovation projects and dozens of strategy and programme development processes and evaluations have benefited from applying the PRO-Ethics framework
  • 11 pilots in 8 partnering RFOs have worked with hundreds of non-traditional stakeholders.
  • Duration: Jan 2020 - Dec 2023

    For further information visit the PRO-Ethics website and Twitter @pro_ethics

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    PRO-Ethics has received funding from the European Union´s Horizon 2020 coordination and support programme under grant agreement No 872441.

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