D-STIR - Danube Framework for Responsible Research and Innovation using Socio-Technical Integration

D-STIR’s objective is to improve Danube framework conditions for innovation, by integrating Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in the whole innovation pipeline.

The main goal of this Programme is to develop coordinated policies and actions in the programme area reinforcing the commitments of the Europe 2020 strategy towards the three dimensions of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth

With implementation of the Socio-Technical Integration Research (STIR) method of research, D-STIR project is extremely important for Danube innovation framework conditions as RRI awareness and capacity in the region are limited. It ensures that R&I is carried out in a socially, environmentally and ethically manner. 

RRI is result focused: encouraging innovation that brings responsible products to the markets swiftly and managing risks.

D-STIR was designed to achieve this. The final output, Danube RRI Strategy, includes recommendations and concrete tools, particularly an adaptation the STIR (Socio-Technical Integration Research) Method.

Transnational cooperation among complementary partners makes D-STIR possible. They work with Transnational Stakeholder Groups, gathering target groups from policy, academia, business (including SMEs) and civil society across the macro-region.

D-STIR is highly innovative. It applies RRI implementation method across the Danube and in less developed regions for the first time. It promotes quadruple helix cooperation and continuous learning evaluation, to lead to the long-term expected change: an innovation pipeline based on cooperation, responsibility and competitiveness.


Danube Framework for Responsible Research and Innovation using Socio-Technical Integration
Start date
End date
Budget in Euro
Overall: 1923366,8
ERDF Contribution: 1524025,49
IPA Contribution: 110836,26
ENI Contribution: 0
Call number
Call 1
Innovative and socially responsible Danube region
Specific objective
Improve framework conditions for innovation


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Project Partners

Name Type Email Country
SOUTH-EAST REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY Lead partner nina.irimia@adrse.ro Romania
Cassovia Life Sciences ERDF partner martin.haranta@cassovialifesciences.eu Slovakia
First Hungarian Responsible Innovation Association ERDF partner lukovicsmiklos@gmail.com Hungary
ELI-HU Research and Development Non-profit Ltd ERDF partner David.Bereczkei@eli-alps.hu Hungary
Development centre of the Heart of Slovenia ERDF partner anita.molka@razvoj.si Slovenia
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Project News

  • D-STIR - Interview with Dr. Miklós Lukovics, lead expert of the First Hungarian Responsible Innovation Association
    - 17-03-2017

     Dr. Miklós Lukovics: “In my opinion, D-STIR is a historic opportunity for the Danube region” You are the idea owner of the D-STIR Project. What is the background of it? The history of D-STIR dates back to 2012, when we investigated...

  • D-STIR - We are honoured to welcome Associate Professor at Arizona State University Erik Fisher
    - 15-03-2017

    Associate Professor at Arizona State University Erik Fisher will join D-STIR Project as an external expert. Find bellow interesting interview with the professor about STIR method, expectations for Eastern European region and interesting...

    - 27-02-2017

    15 partners from 8 European countries (Romania, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Germany, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina) have launched D-STIR project in Košice, Slovakia. On 22nd and 23rd February 2017 kick off meeting has...

    - 14-02-2017

    During 22nd -23rd of February 2017 the kick-off meeting of D-STIR project – “Danube Framework for Responsible Research and Innovation using Socio-Technical Integration” will be held in Kosice/Slovakia. D-STIR aims to improve Danube...

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