Our ambition

We pursue our mission to engage study participants, citizens and other social groups from different countries in health research. Thereby we want to achieve an integrative way of innovation and citizen engagement in cohort research. Therefore we combine Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) with crowdsourcing in a co-creative manner.

Further information: See newsletter 3 under JoinUs4Health news.

Responsible Research and Innovation


Innovation and Citizen Engagement

For that purpose, we have developed an online platform (go to the platform). See our handbook for further details:

Handbook in English: Download pdf

Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI):

Responsible Research and Innovation is an approach that estimates and evaluates potential impacts and social expectations in relation to research and innovation. The aim of this approach is to promote the design of inclusive and sustainable research and innovation.

To achieve this goal, it is essential that the different social actors (researchers, citizens, policy makers, businesses, etc.) work together thoughout the research and innovation process.

Source: European Commission


Crowdsourcing is a type of participative online activity. Via the JoinUs4Health platform, an individual (e.g. platform user, cohort participant, scientist, etc.) or an organization (e.g. business, Non-Governmental Organization) can proposes the voluntary undertaking of a task. Voluntary contributions may include ideas, work, knowledge and/or experience.

Adapted from Estellés-Arolas, E. and F. G. L. Guevara (2012). “Towards an integrated Crowdsourcing Definition.” Journal of Information Science 38.

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