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Open Call for Proposals: Participatory Elements in Research and Innovation

PRO-Ethics is launching an Open Call for Proposals. All European RFOs are eligible to apply for funding of a maximum of €25,000. Through workshops, consultations, field visits, etc., the RFO should develop its competencies so that it can carry out participatory activities as part of its portfolio in the future.

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PILOT STORY: The Romanian National Agenda of Research is being enriched by listening to the citizens

04.07.2022
In May, PRO-Ethics' RFO partner UEFISCDI hosted two world café events with 60 citizens to discuss two main topics based on the National Agenda of Research in Romania. The aim is to enrich the Research Strategic Agenda with the input gathered.

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Workshop on participation and interaction: RECs, researchers & the public

27.06.2022
Research ethics committees would benefit from advise on when and how to involve lay people in their work. They may also need advise on how to review the social value of research projects. These were some of the points made in a recent PRO-Ethics workshop.

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New PRO-Ethics Animated Video

09.06.2022
Have a look at our new animated video where we lay out the aims of our project!

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Learnings from PRO-Ethics 2nd Cross-Learning Workshop

05.05.2022
On the mornings of the 20 and 21 April 2022, the PRO-Ethics RFO partners gathered to discuss their initial work with participatory pilots. The main goals were to promote mutual exchange among the RFOs, by sharing each other’s challenges and lessons learned, to draw inspiration and new ideas for next steps, and to discuss practical and ethical dimensions of participation.

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PILOT STORY: Discussing practical experiences with user involvement and ethics

26.04.2022
Early 2022, the Research Council of Norway (RCN) invited a selection of inspiring projects within the health care sector to share their experiences with user involvement and ethical dilemmas. This was a first, small gathering in the Involve Hub RCN is undertaking as a pilot in PRO-Ethics.

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PILOT STORY: An evaluation panel of informal caregivers

23.03.2022
The German funding organisation VDI/VDE-IT is piloting a citizen panel of informal caregivers. The panel will contribute in the evaluation process of a new funding instrument, especially assessing what sort of interactive technologies that would support them in their roles as caregivers. We present some of their first learnings.

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Third General Assembly Meeting

10.12.2021
This year’s general assembly meeting marked the mid-point of the PRO-Ethics project. It was thus conceptualised both as a platform for stocktaking and for focusing the still somewhat diffuse moving parts of the project towards our shared goals, laying the groundwork for the years to come.

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New ethics framework is available

26.10.2021
The first version of the PRO-Ethics framework is now available. The aim is to ensure that citizen and stakeholder participation can be properly designed and implemented.

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How can engagement be successful and ethical? Which ethical values and principles are most important?

21.07.2021
PRO-Ethics has developed a first draft framework for ethical participation in research and innovation. After a succesful training session in June, PRO-Ethics' research funding organisations will now test the framework in real-life pilots.

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How can we successfully involve citizens in research and innovation?

21.05.2021
Citizens often experience research and innovation through end-products and services. But how can citizens successfully participate in different stages of research and innovation, including in the strategic development and evaluation processes of research and funding organisations? This continues to be a central question for the PRO-Ethics consortium.

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Policy Brief 1:
Putting Citizens at the Centre of Research and Innovation

21.04.2021
To meet societal challenges and secure a sustainable and resilient future, large scale innovation and a drive for improvement are needed. Public participation offers important benefits when developing new solutions. Preliminary results from PRO-Ethics emphasises the need for a common ethical foundation when involving citizens and stakeholders in innovation processes.

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Learnings from one year of PRO-Ethics

03.03.2021
How can research funding organisations (RFOs) involve citizens in ethically sound ways, to allow for mutually enriching processes and more sustainable outcomes of research and innovation endeavours? Throughout 2020, the RFO partners of PRO-Ethics spent considerable time sharing and exchanging their experiences from four participatory pilots of our “pilot phase I”. We are excited to share our learnings from one year of PRO-Ethics.

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Considering participation across research and innovation will require sufficient buy-in

11.02.2021
Gathering sufficient buy-in to ensure participation is considered across research and innovation projects continues to be a major barrier for research funding organisations. An ethical framework to guide stakeholder participation would be useful for organisations needing to demonstrate the value of involving citizens and end-users in innovation processes.

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Ethical reviews in evaluation procedures boosts quality and trust

08.02.2021
A new report on the Eurostars funding programme shows that including an ethical review in the evaluation process improves the project quality and makes decision-makers more confident in putting money into the programme.

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Second General Assembly Meeting

18.12.2020
In early December 2020, all partners of the PRO-Ethics project met online for the second general assembly meeting. This event also marked the first official meeting of the consortium with the PRO-Ethics Advisory Board.

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A long way to go on citizen involvement

02.12.2020
Citizens and end-users are more underrepresentated than expected in participatory processes, shows new PRO-Ethics report.

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Results of Workshop 1 with Ethics Committees and Research Integrity Bodies

18.11.2020
Effective stakeholder engagement is essential if PRO-Ethics is to have lasting, sustainable impact. D4.3 describes the results of PRO-Ethics’ initial steps to engage a key set of stakeholders, namely ethics committees and research integrity bodies. The document presents findings from a set of interviews and a workshop conducted between July and September 2020. The interviews and the workshop generated a rich set of ideas and questions to be addressed within PRO-Ethics, as well as important gaps where PRO-Ethics can make a novel contribution to the field of citizen participation in research and innovation activities.

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How can IT tools support participation in a responsible way?

14.10.2020
While the use of IT tools enables new forms of participation in research and innovation processes, pitfalls are definitely also present. In a recent workshop, PRO-Ethics partners discussed how to avoid deepening the "digital divide" along with other ethical dilemmas.

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What can PRO-Ethics learn from research ethics and integrity experts?

09.10.2020
The fields of research ethics and integrity have significant expertise in some forms of public participation in research. Research ethics committees, for example, oversee the participation of humans as research subjects, particularly in the biomedical sciences. In a recent workshop, PRO-Ethics RFOs and research ethics and integrity experts gathered to discuss what the project can learn from their fields of expertise.

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The ethics review under the magnifying glass

08.10.2020
Eureka offered to be a case study in the PRO-Ethics project because of its expertise in managing and handling the “ethics review” for its major funding programme: Eurostars. The ethics review is a unique tool ensuring that project proposals funded under the Eurostars programme are compliant with main ethical principles and international/EU and national legislation. In the context of PRO-Ethics, the ethics review plays an important role, as it offers a special focus on the ethical participation of research participants (adults, children, vulnerable populations, patients, etc.) in funded research projects, states Davide Delaiti, process leader for ethics in Eureka.

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PRO-Ethics will develop a best practise to ethically engage citizens

04.09.2020
"Through PRO-Ethics, we try to find solutions to maximise the benefits and minimise the risks of participatory approaches," says project coordinator Dorothea Sturn.

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Initiation of cross-learning efforts

04.09.2020
Cross-learning is an important cornerstone of PRO-Ethics. It aims to release the full potential of the pilot projects through the mutual exchange of experiences and learnings by the participating Research Funding Organisations (RFOs). The first steps of this process were taken earlier this year with the first of three cross-learning workshops, which focused on the ethical practices and challenges of the participating RFOs.

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PRO-Ethics Theoretical Framework:
Ethics of Participation in European Research and Innovation

04.09.2020
In the course of PRO-Ethics’ exploration of participatory practices in innovation processes, the Theoretical framework (D1.2) is the first publicly disseminated systemic study of PRO-Ethics, setting the ground of the PRO-Ethics project’s rationale. This study offers a critical review of literature and practices related to ethics and participatory practices in innovation, defining the framing of ethics of participation applied to innovation processes.
Short form article

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Publication of D1.2 Theoretical framework

31.07.2020
In the course of PRO-Ethics’ exploration of participatory practices in innovation processes, the Theoretical framework (D1.2) is the first publicly disseminated systemic study of PRO-Ethics, setting the ground of the PRO-Ethics project’s rationale. This study offers a critical review of literature and practices related to ethics and participatory practices in innovation, defining the framing of ethics of participation applied to innovation processes.
Long form article

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