Responsible Healthcare Ecosystems

CHERRIES | Constructing Healthcare Environments through Responsible Research Innovation and Entrepreneurship Strategies is an EU funded project aimed at enabling Responsible, Research and Innovation (RRI) policy experiments in the healthcare sector in three European territories – in Murcia (ES), Örebro (SE) and the Republic of Cyprus (CY).

The CHERRIES team applies the RRI framework to mobilise territorial stakeholder ecosystems and engage them into regional pilot actions aimed at:
1. identifying needs in the healthcare sector at territorial level
2. encourage the proposition and co-creation of innovative solutions to the identified needs
3. stimulate institutional reflection processes on how to innovate products and services in the healthcare sector through participatory approaches
4. present evidence-based recommendations for revision of sectoral policies, strategies and innovation support instruments.

CHERRIES activities

European territories are at the core of CHERRIES action.



The team will start with a mapping exercise covering the regional healthcare stakeholders and policy ecosystems as well as the innovation support ecosystems.

Capacity building

CHERRIES will then train multipliers and key stakeholders for the RRI based demand articulation, experimentation and to the co-creation process. CHERRIES will run a series of regional training events and will release a toolbox providing territories with relevant resources and guidance on how to replicate the experiments in their healthcare ecosystems.


It is all set to start the experiment phase! CHERRIES will fund one pilot action per territory that matches a demand of the territorial healthcare sector with a solution that is co-created between the solution provider and sectoral stakeholders.

Phase 1 – the challenge

  • → Publishing of a call for needs
  • → Collection and analysis of sectoral needs per territory
  • → Selection of demand for call per territory
  • → Development of a call that incorporates the sectoral demand and RRI principles

Phase 2 – the solution

  • → Publishing a call for solution
  • → Evaluation and selection of a solution provider
  • → Co-creation of pilots and project monitoring

Design a responsible and demand-oriented territorial policy mix

CHERRIES team will collect the learnings of these phases to embed them in the territorial policy mixes and strategies while giving the territorial stakeholder groups an active role in shaping their environment.


CHERRIES will monitor and assess the impact of the regional experiments and of the overall action measuring the impact of the project in terms of how it contributes to the change of the 11 sub-dimension MoRRI indicators and to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals, especially SDG3 ‘Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages’.

Mutual learning

CHERRIES team will facilitate the learning exchange between the three pilot regions and beyond through dedicated workshops and webinars so to build a wider European community of actors and territories interested in testing and implementing CHERRIES approaches.


A recruitment campaign will be launched to select at least 3 more regions – the so called CHERRIES Mirror Regions – who will benefit from personalised support to implement the CHERRIES model and learnings in their own territories, leveraging their own territorial resources.


With this innovative design processes, CHERRIES aims to contribute to more open, transparent and democratic R&I systems in the engaged territories and beyond, creating societal, democratic, environmental, economic and scientific impacts as well as tackling transformation processes of the organisations involved.

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