How do you bring about responsible innovations that enjoy broad societal consensus? How do you make better products and services? To this end, NWO has developed the responsible innovation research programme (NWO-MVI).
NWO-MVI research focuses on important societal challenges and the innovations required for these. It itemises the societal aspects of these (technological) innovations at an early stage so that they can be taken into account during the design and development phase. The aim of NWO-MVI research is to realise innovations that are acceptable to society.
Complex societal challenges, for example in the area of energy transition, require innovations in which knowledge about people’s behaviour, societal processes, nature and technology are deployed in an integratedmanner. Values such as sustainability, health, security, democracy, responsibility, justice and privacy often play an important role in these societal challenges. Conflicts between these values can arise – for example between security and privacy – and the challenge of the innovation process is to devise solutions that do justice to allrelevant values. Such an approach makes these solutions more acceptable to society and prevents failures or expensive adjustments in retrospect.
Every NWO-MVI project has a valorisation panel made up of relevant stakeholders. These can be representatives from government bodies, companies and civil society organisations as well as private individuals. The aim of these panels is to obtain a better view of the everyday practice that the intended innovations will play a role in and to foster the involvement of these stakeholders in that.