The Global Research Council (GRC) is a virtual organization established in 2012 and comprised of the heads of science funding agencies from all over the world. It promotes sharing of data and best practices for high-quality collaboration among funding agencies worldwide. The Global Research Council improves communication and cooperation among funding agencies and explores mechanisms that support the global science enterprise and the worldwide research community. Furthermore it provides a forum for regular meetings of the heads of research councils, including the President of the Czech Science Foundation (GACR), for it is one of the founding members of the Global Research Council.
The 1st Global Meeting of the GRC was hosted by the U.S. National Science Foundation in May 2012. Almost 50 heads of research councils attended the event. The participants endorsed a high-level Statement of Principles for Scientific Merit Review, and launched the Global Research Council. The Statement of Principles for Scientific Merit Review is designed to provide a framework for increased international research cooperation, and to convey accepted international standards for science funding agencies.
The 2nd Global Meeting of the GRC took place in Berlin in May 2013. The heads of about 70 science and research councils from around the world as well as high-ranking guests from science and research, science administration and research policy attended the meeting. The topics of discussion and endorsement were an Action Plan towards Open Access, a high-level Statement of Principles for Research Integrity as well as new statutes for the GRC. The event was hosted jointly by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the National Council of Technological and Scientific Development (CNPq) of Brazil.
The 3rd Meeting of the GRC was held in Beijing in May 2014. The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) were the host organizations and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) was the co-host organization. The topics for discussion included Open Access for Publications and Shaping the Future: Supporting the Next Generation of Researchers.
The 4th Annual Global Meeting of the Global Research Council (GRC) was held on May 26-28 2015 in Tokyo, Japan.
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.