CROSS 2022

Call for project

The call for projects 2022 is closed
Theme : Responsible Innovation

Submissions were received until 17 September, 2021
Selected projects will be notified in November, 2021

CROSS 2022, Responsible Innovation - iStock photo, credits: ihsanyildizli
CROSS 2022, Responsible Innovation – iStock photo, credits: ihsanyildizli

Engineering sciences and technologies have multiplied the human capacity to understand and transform reality. We are able to realize plenty of projects long thought impossible: landing on Mars, transforming the human genome, changing the way the climate is working. But should we carry out these projects?

The question of the desirability of these projects is a crucial one for sciences and for society as a whole. Values such as prosperity, justice, respect for human beings and for the environment are at the core of these societal questions.

This value-based questioning applies to all engineering sciences and technologies. It raises the question of the objectives of technological innovations, but also its methods. The challenge bears upon the “why”, but also upon the “how”. For life sciences, data-based technologies or climate engineering, these questions are crucial.

In the meantime, virtually all human and social sciences address these values-based challenges and could contribute to identifying, framing and addressing these key societal issues. Economics, law, psychology, history, social sciences, political sciences, philosophy all contribute to the investigations on the conditions of just and responsible technological innovations.


Proposals:

Proposals must come from joint UNIL-EPFL teams, which bring together specialists in the human and social sciences on the one hand, with specialists from life sciences, natural sciences or engineering on the other. Projects are encouraged to involve stakeholders of innovation, citizens and other concerned groups in the research process.

Up to six projects will be selected, with a maximum of CHF 60,000 awarded per project.


Questions on the theme:

For advice on the suitability of a project idea to the theme of “responsible innovation”, you can contact Dr. Johan Rochel


Deadline for submission:

The call for projects 2022 is closed
Submissions were received until 17 September, 2021.
Selected projects will be notified in November, 2021.


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