The deployment of ICTs induces pervasive and radical changes in our lives. Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) and Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) both inform and equip the approach to ICT in H2020.

The deployment of ICTs and their uptake by society affects the human condition radically by modifying our relationships to ourselves, others and the world around us. The Onlife Initiative explores these changes and invites to shift the focus of RRI-SSH from a reactive to a proactive approach of critical accompaniment.

Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) and Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) have to be taken on board in all areas of H2020. The aim is to go beyond compliance and encourage a proactive critical accompaniment of technological developments informed by SSH expertise and RRI actions (user engagement, gender equality, ethical issues, education and open access).

RRI actions and SSH expertise are required to interact intimately with other disciplines to develop new knowledge, key competences and major technological breakthroughs as well as translating knowledge into economic and societal value. The concrete implementation requires an all-encompassing approach covering all phases of the policy cycle.

Work Programme 16-17

An ambitious and daring approach to the embedding of RRI and SSH has been undertaken for the ICT-related parts of WP16-17. It is presented in the background note and relies heavily on the results of a workshop that took place on Feb 3, 2015. An Info-Day on the RRI-SSH approach in the ICT-related parts of WP16-17 was organised on 7 December 2015.

The approach, focussing now on the topics with a deadline in 2017, will be presented during a session of the ICT Proposers' Day 2016 on September 27 in Bratislava.

Work Programme 14-15

The approach to RRI and SSH in ICT-related parts of WP14-15 has been explained in two info days that took place on Jan 20, 2014 and Feb 2, 2015.