This session explores the relationship between two prominent concepts in research policy – responsible research and innovation (RRI) and transformative innovation. In their ambitious forms, each aims to act as a systemic social innoCecvation that creates space for funders, scientists and public groups to debate the goals of science and innovation, reflect on the dominant frames of innovation and then act on the outcomes of those deliberations, with funders playing a key coordinating role. Each has aspirations to be a participatory, collaborative, and reflexive form of innovation governance.
We will examine the relationship between these two concepts in the context of active European partnership funding programmes by collaboratively mapping the life-course of, activities in, and socio-technical trajectories associated with M.ERA-NET, a materials science programme. M.ERA-NET aims to systematically address the socio-ecological, ethical and political dimensions of the research and innovation it funds. It is developing guidelines and administrative processes in support of these goals. We will consider the possibilities and constraints of experimenting in live funding programmes and create space to share our own experiences of work in similar settings.