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The ORION project (Open Responsible Research and Innovation to further Outstanding KNowledge) aims to trigger evidence-based institutional, cultural and behavioral changes in Research Funding and Performing Organisations (RFPOs), targeting researchers, management staff and high-level leadership.

Our vision is to “embed” Open Science and Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) principles:

  • ethics
  • gender
  • governance
  • open access
  • public engagement
  • science education

in Research Funding and Performing Organisations, in their policies, practices, and processes to organise and do research. The focus is particularly on RFPOs involved in life sciences and biomedicine.

Throughout the project, we will seek to identify drivers and barriers, interests and values, as well as produce “prototypes” in the form of new citizen science projects, new research strategies, new funding frameworks, and training material.

ORION will engage many different types of stakeholders in the project including research and funding organisations, citizens, policy makers, and industry to achieve comprehensive solution to mentioned issues.

All materials and resources produced by ORION will be widely disseminated and freely available.

Opening Up the Research Life Cycle

The project will work at different levels of the research cycle, using tools as:

  • co-creation
  • public dialogues
  • training
  • citizen science

to promote institutional and cultural changes in:

  • scientists
  • institutions
  • funding bodies
  • society.

Project Partners

Project co-ordinator:

  • Centre for Genomic Regulation, Spain


  • ANT Foundation, Italy
  • Babraham Institute, United Kingdom
  • The Central European Institute of Technology, Czech Republic
  • CRECIM, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain
  • Instituto de Salud Carlos III, Spain
  • Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine, Germany
  • South Moravian Centre for International Mobility, Czech Republic
  • VA (Public & Science), Sweden

ORION has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 741527.ORION has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 741527.