Mission

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 identifies the ethical and societal aspects of technological innovations at an early stage so that these can be taken into account in the design process. Privacy, safety, trust, sustainability, autonomy and responsibility are some examples of these aspects. Legal, psychological (behaviour), societal and economic aspects are also part of Responsible Innovation (MVI).

This approach results in identifying the ethical and societal aspects of the proposed products and services, insight into the potential questions and objections these may raise, and specific recommendations for the design process. This latter aspect is a spearhead of the MVI approach, which aims at bringing about responsible innovations that enjoy broad societal consensus.