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Call: MVI – responsible innovation

Innovation stands for challenges: highly promising innovations can fail because ethical and societal questions are not taken into account in good time. Examples are discussions about the extraction of shale gas, the electronic patient file, and the ‘smart energy meter’. In the case of responsible innovation possible ethical and societal consequences of the innovation are already involved at an early stage. For this NWO has developed the Responsible Innovation research programme.

The responsible innovation approach has become a tried and tested formula. NWO Responsible Innovation research for innovations within the top sectors that is tackled in a socially responsible manner will not hinder the growth and opportunities in the market but can instead accelerate these. As the ethical and societal aspects have already been taken into account during the design phase, complex and costly adjustments in retrospect can be prevented and opportunities for better products and services arise. The responsible innovation approach therefore offers many opportunities for the top sectors and industry. This is why the Responsible Innovation programme has a prominent position in all of the top sectors.

Researchers and private partners
Consortia of researchers and private parties can apply for funding for proactive research into ethical and social aspects of innovation via the NWO funding instrument Responsible Innovation (NWO-MVI). The call for proposals focuses on the themes of Building Materials of Life (BBoL), Creative Industry, Energy, and Logistics. Researchers who want more information on the call or to get in touch with possible research partners can join the Pitch & Date Event on 23 May in Utrecht.

Call for proposals
The MVI-call for proposals is open until 7 September 2017, 14.00 hrs, targeting on consortia of researchers and companies. The main applicant is an experienced researcher with a PhD degree and an affiliation at a Dutch university or a research institute recognised by NWO. In addition, a consortium always has at least one private party that provides a matching contribution to the project. Part of the required matching may also come from (semi) public parties. Applications can be submitted for large projects (250.000 euro) and for small projects (125.000 euro).

For more details and forms, check NWO.