Responsible Research Innovation

Responsible Research Innovation

Responsible Research Innovation refers to the wider impacts of science and innovation

What is Responsible Research Innovation?

The term Responsible Research Innovation (RRI) refers to the wider impacts of science and innovation.  Research has the ability to not only produce understanding, knowledge and value, but also unintended:

  • Consequences
  • Questions
  • Ethical dilemmas
  • Social transformations

In developing proposals, researchers should reflect on the potential social, cultural, economic and environmental implications of introducing a new product, service, process or business model to market. 


Institutional values and activities

Newcastle University is committed to the principles of Responsible Research Innovation.  This is reflected in our core values and institutional Ethics Policy.  To find out more about some of our institutional values and associated activities please see the following links:

Tools to support researchers

Colleagues may wish to refer to the following when considering discipline specific approaches.  Guest speakers from professional bodies, industry and academia can also stimulate conversations around Responsible Research Innovation in different subject areas. 

AREA Framework

A reflective tool developed by EPRC to help researchers identify and minimise potential negative impacts


Information about the United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals

Professional Bodies

A list is provided in the ‘External Resources’ section of the University’s Research Integrity webpage

External Training

Training providers such as ORBIT and Skillfluence can provide customised training for PhD student cohorts and research groups

EDI Toolkit

An online toolkit has been developed to help University colleagues and students understand how to embed the principles of equality, diversity and inclusion in research.  


Faculty Offices provide local support for researchers developing proposals and the management of Doctoral Training Centres at Newcastle University.