NERRI (Neuro-Enhancement: Responsible Research and Innovation) is a research project financed by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme. A consortium composed of 11 European countries (Portugal, England, Italy, Germany, Holland, Austria, Spain, Hungary, Denmark, Iceland and Belgium) has been working on NERRI since March 2013.
The Italian partners are SISSA (the International School for Advanced Studies of Trieste) and the Toscana Life Sciences Foundation. The international consortium (18 partners) includes experts in neurocognitive sciences, social sciences, legislation, ethics and communication sciences. The grant agreement with the European Community was finalized in early 2013 and the project was officially launched on 1 March 2013.
The objective of the NERRI project is to contribute to the introduction of responsible innovation and research in cognitive enhancement in the European Research Area, and to the creation of a regulatory framework that supports the implementation of policies to regulate the development of technologies in this sector. These objectives will be achieved with the implementation of mobilization and mutual learning (MML) activities that will involve the scientific community, policymakers, industry, civil society groups, patient associations and the general public.
The project is divided into five Work Packages: in the first exploration phase, WP2 Reconnaissance, TLS was engaged in interviewing scientists, policymakers and other stakeholders in order to define the neuro-enhancement field. The second step, which began in 2014, WP3 Societal Dialogue, is aimed at stimulating and organizing a broad social dialogue through the use of involvement methods that are customized for specific areas (education, health, work, research) and stakeholders (producers, users and intermediaries).