New EnRRICH policy brief, Connecting the European Higher Education Agenda with Open Science and Responsible Research and Innovation


This document is aimed at those working in higher education policy internationally, though it may also be of use to national and institutional level policymakers. It summarizes the findings of the project ‘Enhancing Responsible Research and Innovation through Curricula in Higher Education (EnRRICH)’

EnRRICH was funded through Horizon 2020 to examine how Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) could be embedded in higher education curricula. The main goal was to use this approach to create graduates who are capable of contributing to Open Science and mission oriented research. In order to tackle this goal, EnRRICH developed a range of practical resources to support educators, alongside influencing policy by encouraging higher education policymakers to examine how RRI could synergise with their own activities and goals.

The EnRRICH policy brief 'Connecting the European Higher Education Agenda with Open Science and Responsible Research and Innovation' suggests policy measures needed to enhance a structural embedding of RRI and Open Science principally in European policy for Higher Education but also in Framework Programme 9 ‘Horizon Europe’. In order to make arguments directly consistent with the European Higher Education agenda, this brief is structured around the four main policy priorities for action identified by Europe in the Renewed EU Agenda for Higher Education:
1. Tackling future skills mismatches and promoting excellence in skills development
2. Building inclusive and connected higher education systems
3. Ensuring higher education institutions contribute to innovation
4. Supporting effective and efficient higher education systems

The conclusion offers recommendations for Research and Innovation, particularly in the context of the development of ‘Horizon Europe‘.



  • UNESCO. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • The Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP)

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  • Generalitat de Catalunya