ORION stands for Open Responsible Research and Innovation to further Outstanding Knowledge. This 4-year project (from May 2017 to April 2021) has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Science with and for Society (SWAFS) Work Programme. The main aim of the SWAFS Programme, that EU-LIFE has been actively supporting, is to build effective cooperation between science and society. Open science is a core strategy of the European Commission that involves widening participation and collaboration as well as sharing research processes and outcomes to improve research and innovation.


The project aims to trigger evidence-based institutional, cultural and behavioural changes in Research Funding and Performing Organizations (RFPOs), targeting researchers, management staff and high-level leadership. The long-term vision of the project is to “embed” Open Science and Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) principles (ethics, gender, governance, open access, public engagement, and science education) in RFPOs, in their policies, practices and processes to organize and do research.

The core elements of the projects are based on:

  • Benchmarking to analyse existing open science knowledge and practices and better understand the landscape.
  • Co-creation experiments involving multiple stakeholders around three specific challenges: opening up the research engine; identifying risks and opportunities presented by disruptive technologies; and running citizen science projects in fundamental research.
  • Training by developing and running training for researchers and professional staff at funding agencies on RRI and Open Science concepts, practices and tools.


The ORION project is engaging many different types of stakeholders in the project including research and funding organisations, citizens, policy makers, and industry.

ORION will identify drivers and barriers, interests and values, as well as produce “prototype” in the form of new citizen projects, new research strategies, new funding frameworks and training materials.

EU-LIFE participation

EU-LIFE is an associated partner of this important and innovative project in the field of Open Science.  Four of our members -CRG as a Project coordinator, MCD, CEITEC and Babraham- are actually teaming up in this collaborative project under the SWAFS H2020 Programme.


Facts and Figures


project partners


Open Science Workshops

held on October 2019



for Open Science in life sciences



of ORION Open Science podcast released on October 2019