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2016 Global Research Council Annual Meeting

RCUK jointly hosted the GRC 2016 Annual Meeting with the Indian Science and Engineering Board (SERB) in New Delhi on 25-27 May 2016. This was the fifth annual meeting of the GRC.

More than 100 delegates attended the event at the Taj Palace Hotel, with Heads of Research Councils from 44 countries participating, to share best practice and discuss research funding policy issues.

This year’s themes

The two themes for the meeting were: Interdisciplinarity; and Equality and Status of Women in Research.

During the meeting, participants discussed and endorsed a Statement of Principles on Interdisciplinarity and a Statement of Principles and Actions Promoting the Equality and Status of Women in Research, which were developed from GRC Regional Meetings. The aim of these documents is to provide funding agencies worldwide with a set of principles and suite of potential actions to implement to create the enabling environment necessary for investing in and supporting interdisciplinary research, and to promote improved equality and diversity practices within their own countries.

SERB and RCUK also commissioned an independent report on each topic from external consultants to complement the Statement and Actions. These included: an overview of current literature on each topic; information on GRC participants’ policies and practice; analysis of relevant data; and recommendations for GRC participants based on the evidence presented in the reports.

Outputs from the meeting

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