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It’s Official! MARIE has Influence!

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It’s Official! MARIE has Influence!

The Southern Regional Assembly (SRA), as a partner on the Interreg Europe MAIRE project, has been working with Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) to enhance the programme monitoring within the S&E Regional Operational Programme 2014-2020 to include reporting on responsible innovation.  We are delighted to be able to announce we have been successful in achieving this improvement.

SRA are managing authority for the S&E ROP, which promotes sustainable, smart growth, creates jobs and strengthens the regional innovation & knowledge base. SFI are ROP Intermediary Bodies and as such manage two schemes under Priority 1, which is focused on strengthening research, technological development and innovation. 

SRA and SFI, through working together on the MARIE project, have negotiated and agreed a revised template for the annual progress report, going forward SFI will now incorporate additional reporting on RRI elements in their Research Centre and Spokes Programmes.  Specifically, they will ask researchers to report on two of the RRI keys: Public Engagement and Science Education.

Over the next two years, SRA will be monitoring the results and impact this enhanced reporting will have to demonstrate the socio-economic benefits of responsible working practices.

This policy improvement supports MARIE’S overall objective of improving public policy that supports delivery of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in design, production and distribution of innovation in Smart Specialisation Sectors (S3). It promotes ways to prevent negative social and environmental impact and contributes to better quality of life.  By supporting commitment to responsibility, the project helps to create smart, sustainable and inclusive regions.

MARIE is part-funded by the Interreg Europe Programme, through the European Regional Development Fund and is led by CISE – Special Agency of the Chamber of Commerce of Florì-Cesena, Italy.

MARIE will run until 2021, find out more about MARIE at www.interregeurope.eu/marie/

Project Contact: Karen Coughlan, EU Projects Officer Phone: +353 (0) 51 860 706        


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