Science Europe and the Global Research Council

What is the Global Research Council?

The Global Research Council (GRC) is a permanent, but virtual, organisation, comprised of the heads of science and engineering research agencies from around the world, dedicated to promoting the sharing of data and best practices for high-quality collaboration.

Science Europe has an active role in the GRC governance: Stephan Kuster (Science Europe Head of Policy Affairs) is a member of the Summit International Steering Committee (ISC).

2012 GRC Summit on Merit Review

In May 2012, the National Science Foundation (NSF, US) hosted a Global Summit on Merit Review in Washington. This Summit served as the inaugural meeting of the Global Research Council.

The Summit endorsed a Statement on the Principles of Merit Review. This set out six principles: expert assessment, transparency, impartiality, appropriateness, confidentiality, and integrity and ethical considerations. The intention is that setting out these agreed high-level principles will both foster international co-operation and assist countries that are in the process of developing new funding agencies, by providing a global consensus on what constitutes an effective review system.

2013 GRC Summit on Open Access and Research Integrity

The Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) and the German Research Foundation (DFG) co-hosted the second GRC summit on 27–29 May 2013 in Berlin.

At the 2013 Summit, over 70 participating Research Councils from all regions of the globe endorsed and adopted a ‘Statement of Principles on Research Integrity’, and agreed on an action plan for implementing Open Access to publications.

This second Summit was prepared by five regional meetings in autumn 2012: the Americas, Europe, Africa, the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region, and Asia–Pacific.

Science Europe co-ordinated the organisation of the European regional working group meeting on 22 October 2012 in Brussels.

2014 GRC Summit in Beijing, China

The third GRC Summit was be co-hosted by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). The Summit took place in spring 2014 in Beijing, China.

Preparatory regional meetings were held in autumn 2013, hosted by GRC participant Research Councils in the five regions worldwide. The European regional meeting took place on 30 October in Paris, co-organised by the French National Research Agency (ANR) and Science Europe.

Science Europe and the French National Research Agency (ANR) co-ordinated the organisation of the European regional working group meeting on 30 October 2013 in Paris.


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