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The ORION research funding partner in Spain, the Carlos III Health Institute (Instituto de Salud Carlos III), launched last January an award for Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in Health Research. The award - #RRIhealthawards, seeks to recognise, support, promote and disseminate the work of ISCIII funded Health Research Institutes to incorporate the principles of RRI in their activities and projects. The call was open to Spanish Health Research Institutes that have developed significant institutional RRI activities during 2019.

26 proposals from 18 different research institutes (Institutos de Investigación Sanitaria, IIS) in Spain, were received for the RRI Health Awards. The submitted proposals include projects on Open Science, female talent, social collaboration, new healthcare models, scientific dissemination with patient and family participation, among many others. The areas of the RRI with the highest number of proposals received were; public engagement (with 16 proposals) and science education (with 14 proposals). Nominations for the award should include an explanation and report of the project submitted and a video description of the activity.

The proposals’ evaluation process follows the “peer review” system and all of the reviewers are experts in each of the RRI areas. The evaluation has been carried out during February-March following this process. Three Prizes, in the form of a lump-sum amount of 10.000 € each, will be awarded to the three best proposals as assessed by the evaluators. A Steering Committee shall select the 3 winning proposals and the presentation of the RRI health awards will be announced in June.

The initiative has been organised within the framework of the ORION project. The ORION partner Instituto de Salud Carlos III (ISCIII) is the leading Public Research Institution which funds, administers, and performs biomedical research in Spain. 

For more information please get in touch with Iris de San Pedro Botas at ISCIII.