What is GRACE?

GRACE (Grounding RRI Actions to Achieve Institutional Changes in European Research Funding and Performing Organisations) supports the European Commission’s objective of spreading and embedding Responsible Research and innovation (RRI) in the European Research area. The project will develop a set of Grounding Actions (GAs) in six Research Funding and Performing Organisations (RFPOs). This will be the basis for the tailor-made 8- year Roadmap towards RRI for each implementing organisation, ensuring its sustainability and full implementation over the long-term.

key concepts

  • Responsible Research and Innovation(RRI): Approach that assesses the collaboration of different societal actors (including researchers, policy makers, industry and businesses, as well as citizens) during the research and innovation process, to better align both the process and its outcomes with the values, needs and expectations of society.
    In practice, RRI is implemented as a package that includes multi-actor and public engagement in research and innovation, enabling easier access to scientific results, the take up of gender and ethics in the research and innovation content and process, and formal and informal science education. For more information click here.
  • Grounding actions: Any action or coordinated set of activities that incorporate some of the RRI aspects leading to one or more institutional changes at the engaged RFPOs. Examples include: Gender-equality related criteria in funding allocation, web-based platform on RRI- related training, permanent/recurring science communication activities, allocation of resources on public engagement in decision making, established research ethics committees at the RFPO level.
  • Institutional change: Any institutional arrangement (i.e. explicit and binding measure) that incorporates RRI or part of it in the RFPO and that is designed to last over time. Examples include: Changes in organisational structures or functions, new norms, procedures, guidelines, agreements, funds or explicit mission statement.



rapidly and effectively RRI-oriented grounding actions (GAs) that will result in a set of clearly identifiable institutional arrangements.


a self-analysis based on their needs, expectations and specific characteristics.


on the existing knowledge on RRI implementation thanks to the involvement of expert partners and mutual-learning processes.


roadmaps that will be sustainable over time and result in RRI-oriented policy.

Project structure

Preparatory phase

  • Focus on co-creation
  • Design of mutual learning process
  • Grounding actions (GAs)
  • Evaluation scheme
  • Draft version of the 8-year roadmaps towards RRI

Development and mutual learning phase

  • Focus on implementation of GAs
  • Set of monitoring service to evaluate and assess the impact of each GA

Stocktaking phase

  • Development of a sustainability plan
  • Focus on ensuring GAs long-term sustainability
  • Focus on activation 8-year roadmap
  • Final version of 6 roadmaps for each implementation partner
  • Evaluation of GAs impact assessment