SOFIA DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION was founded as non-profit organization with the decision 348
of the Sofia Municipal Council to work for the sustainable development of the capital.

LAUNCHING A NEW HORIZON2020 PROJECT ON TERRITORIAL DEVELOPMENT AND GOVERNANCE

SDA is a partner of the new Horizon2020 project RRI-LEADERS - Leveraging Leadership for Responsible Research and Innovation in Territories.

The project adopts a meso-level approach, and will explore the application and sustainability of the RRI (responsible research and innovation) paradigm within territorial innovation systems. In RRI-LEADERS a “territory” is understood as a confluence between three interconnected primary aspects: geographical location, socio-economic and cultural bonds, and administrative authority. The project will involve four distinct territories from different parts of Europe, representing different cultural and socio-economic backgrounds, different scope of territorial oversight, different institutional and decision-making infrastructures, different R&I landscapes, and different dynamics among territorial actors. As such, the four territories will represent a diverse range of opportunities and implications for RRI, which will enable the RRI-LEADERS consortium to carry out a thorough assessment of the RRI relevance to territorial governance and have the involved territories act as demonstrators for the potential of RRI on subnational level. The partners will engage in a multi-stage co-creation process that will mobilise territorial quadruple helix stakeholders towards the elaboration of future-oriented strategy and action plans - territorial outlooks for each of the participating territories. Territorial partners will have the leading role in this process, and will additionally work to ensure the broadest societal and governance-level endorsement. The Consortium will further use the accumulated knowledge to chart a detailed outlook for the future potential of RRI as a guiding framework in territorial governance of R&I, and will aim to provide an evolutionary perspective on RRI for the upcoming Horizon Europe programme.

RRI-LEADERS represents a partnership of 9 organisations, of which five are methodological partners and four are territorial partners, collectively coming from 5 countries – Bulgaria, Denmark, Greece, Spain (Catalonia) and Switzerland.

Project period: 3 years (2020-2023)

Consortium members:
Project coordinator: APPLIED RESEARCH AND COMMUNICATIONS FUND (ARC Fund) - Bulgaria
PANEPISTIMIO DYTIKIS MAKEDONIAS (UoWM) - Greece
FONDEN TEKNOLOGIRADET (DBT) - Denmark
FUNDACIO CATALANA PER A LA RECERCA I LA INNOVACIO (FCRi) - Spain
ZURCHER HOCHSCHULE FUR ANGEWANDTE WISSENSCHAFTEN (ZHAW) - Switzerland
REGIONAL ASSOCATION OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT OF WESTERN MACEDONIA (LGA-WM) - Greece
MUNICIPALITY OF THALWIL (THA) - Switzerland
PROMOCIO ECONOMICA DE SABADELL SL-PES (PES SL) - Spain

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