Much has been said about the societal impact of research and innovation (R&I). Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) is an umbrella concept that includes in a holistic way different policy agendas aimed at improving the relation between science and society. Guaranteeing research integrity, open access scientific results, and gender equality in research content and teams are all crucial for properly embedding science in society. In a context of global societal challenges, such as climate change or the ageing of our societies, broader societal involvement in R&I is needed to collaboratively reflect on the futures we aspire to as societies. Integrating the values, guiding principles and requirements of RRI in a funding scheme, whether existing or brand new, can contribute to increasing the ethical acceptability, sustainability and social desirability of the processes and outcomes of a programme. This section offers guidance for developing a funding policy aligned with the RRI principles.

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