Identifying ethical and societal issues at an early stage and taking these into account in the design process will lead to responsible innovations that enjoy broad societal consensus. This approach also reduces failures or costly adaptations at a later stage.
The priorities of the NWO-MVI approach are:
- Proactive design and development perspective
Societal aspects and the potential impact on stakeholders are involved from the start of the innovation process. Examples are the legal, ethical/philosophical, economic, sociological and (behavioural) psychological aspects.
- Multidisciplinary and integrated approach
Societal challenges are always multidisciplinary in nature. In the research, expertise from the humanities, natural sciences and social sciences is deployed in an integrated manner to realise innovations that not only try to solve a problem but are also acceptable or responsible from a societal viewpoint.
- Societal relevance and valorisation
Stakeholders are involved in the research to contribute their knowledge from everyday practice and to facilitate the applicability and implementation of the research results.