The Global Research Council has a long-term objective of fostering multilateral research and
collaboration across continents to benefit both developing and developed nations.

Global Research Council Seeking Hosts for Fall 2016 Regional Meetings

The Governing Board of the GRC invites national research funding agencies to submit bids to host Regional Meetings of the GRC. Five Regional Meetings are anticipated in:

  • Africa
  • Americas
  • Asia Pacific
  • Europe
  • Middle East/North Africa

Interested funding agencies should submit their bid by April 22, 2016.


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Participants included approximately 60 heads of research councils from around the world, as well as high-ranking observers from global science agencies, university associations and research policy organizations.

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India to host the 2016 Annual Meeting of the GRC

The Governing Board of the Global Research Council has selected India to host the 5th Annual Meeting of the Global Research Council.

The Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) of India will be the host organization. The Research Councils UK (RCUK) will be the co-host organization. The invitation-only meeting will be held in New Delhi in May 2016. The two topics agreed for discussion are "Equality and Status of Women in Research" and "Interdisciplinarity."

In conjunction with the Global Research Council, the Research Councils UK (RCUK) and the British Library hosted a workshop in April 2015 to discuss Open Access in a global research context. Approximately 50 participants from across the world attended the workshop, including representatives from funding agencies, publishers, libraries and the research community. A report commissioned by RCUK entitled Evolution or revolution? Publishers' perceptions of future directions in research communications and the publisher role helped frame the discussions during the two-day event.

Image credits: Slide 1: (background); (top left); Thinkstock (all other insets); Slide 2:; Slide 3: Christos Nicolaides, Juanes Research Group; Slide 4: Sandy Schaeffer for NSF; Slide 5: S2N Media; (left)