Our impacts to contribute to RRI
& Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

What is Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI)?

Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) implies that societal actors (researchers, citizens, policymakers, business, third sector organisations, etc.) work together during the whole research and innovation process in order to better align both the process and its outcomes with the values, needs and expectations of society.

In practice, RRI is implemented as a package that includes multi-actor and public engagement in research and innovation, enabling easier access to scientific results, the take-up of gender and ethics in the research and innovation content and process, and formal and informal science education.

Implementing RRI in Horizon 2020

Responsible research and innovation is key action of the ‘Science with and for Society’ objective. RRI actions will be promoted via ‘Science with and for Society’ objective via:

RRI is furthermore a ‘cross-cutting issue’ in Horizon 2020, which will be promoted throughout Horizon 2020 objectives. In many cases, inter- and transdisciplinary solutions will have to be developed, which cut across the multiple specific objectives of Horizon 2020. Within the specific objectives of the programme, actions can focus on thematic elements of RRI, as well as on more integrated approaches to promote RRI uptake.

Source: European Commission website


Deliver the RRI principles

MUSICA seeks to deliver the principles of RRI in full through a programme of public engagement, incorporating skills transferred form RRING and GRRIP projects (see section HWU will lead coordination of WP6 supported by other WPs and key local agency partners including the island municipality. A QH platform will be established on Innousses which will link representatives of academia, government, industry and civil society to promote real and sustainable engagement for the duration of the project and, in legacy terms, beyond. MUSICA will address all levels of the energy value chain, involving stakeholder groups, policy makers, municipalities and also the citizens to facilitate its adoption and repeatability in other locations. Engagement will extend into educative, communicative and participative involvement in the project via three workshops, case studies and trials. The three workshops will focus on QH and public engagement, as well as teaching transferable skills to transition for traditional work to MUP, MUS and Blue Growth occupations.

17 Sustainable Development Goals

MUSICA will align its impacts to contribute to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Grand Challenges.

World leaders adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (2030 Agenda) with the SDGs as its core. The EU was instrumental in shaping the global 2030 Agenda, which is fully consistent with Europe’s vision and has now become the world’s blueprint for global sustainable development. MUSICA will ensure it contributes to the SDGs for EU islands. MUSICA is directly relevant to Target 14 which refers to ocean energy and desalination from RES.

Building a Living Economy

Sustainable Development GoalsMUSICA contribution
Goal 7Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for allMUSICA MUP will provide competitively priced renewable electricity for islanders
Goal 9Resilient infrastructure, inclusive, sustainable industrialization innovationMUSICA provides one-stop shop sustainable and economical, energy Blue growth solution for small island.
Goal 12Ensure sustainable consumption and production patternsMUSICA RES Smart DSM ensures islanders will become educated and sustainable energy efficient consumers.

Protecting capabilities and flourishing

17 Sustainable Development GoalsMUSICA contribution
Goal 1End poverty in all its forms everywhere1] provide more economical energy for small islands. 2] stimulate industry, new Blue Growth and tourism
Goal 2End hunger, achieve food security and promote sustainable agricultureMUSICA MUP will provide new opportunities for offshore aquaculture, providing new food sources.
Goal 4Inclusive and equitable quality education , lifelong learning opportunities for allWP6 is dedicated to RRI, public engagement and quadruple helix participation providing social innovation
Goal 5Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girlsWP6 will ensure Gender Equality and diversity is achieved in the project and business plans, and public engagement
Goal 16Peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development,The MUSICA project will promote academic and industrial cooperation in the Aegean area, transnational cooperation,
Goal 17Strengthen implementation of global partnership for sustainable developmentMUSICA innovation vision is global, assisting global endeavour in decarbonising , whilst promoting industry

Staying within Planetary Boundaries

17 Sustainable Development GoalsMUSICA contribution
Goal 6Ensure availability and sustainable management of waterMUSICA  provides fresh water provision, renewably sustainably supplied, targeting water scare islands.
Goal 13Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impactsMUSICA smart ICT ensures energy efficiency and smart energy consumption, renewably created fresh water
Goal 14Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, for sustainable developmentMUSICA is a marine solution for islands, fosters marine Blue growth enterprises, sustainable RES , aquaculture

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement number 862252.