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RCUK to co-host the Global Research Council 2016 annual meeting

Research Councils UK (RCUK) yesterday (28 May 2015) announced that they will co-host next year’s Global Research Council (GRC) annual meeting with the Indian Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB).

The GRC is a virtual organisation comprised of the heads of research funding agencies from around the world, and two members bid each year to co-host its annual meeting. The 2016 invitation-only meeting will be held in New Delhi in May 2016.

Professor Rick Rylance, Chair of RCUK, said: “RCUK is delighted to be working with SERB as co-hosts of the 2016 GRC meeting. Our relationship is founded on a long history of co-operation and collaboration between our two countries and research communities. The GRC is a unique global discussion forum for sharing best practice and learning from fellow research funding agencies around the world, and we will be looking to create a stimulating and engaging programme which builds on previous GRC discussion topics.”

Professor T.K. Chandrashekar, Secretary of SERB, said: “Both India and the UK have a long tradition of working together in promotion of R&D, and organising GRC 2016 with RCUK further strengthens our partnership.”

The GRC is dedicated to promoting the sharing of data and best practices for high-quality collaboration among funding agencies worldwide. Each year, two topics are agreed for discussion and in 2016 these will be ‘Equality and Status of Women in Research’ and ‘Interdisciplinarity’. Outcomes from five regional meetings in autumn 2015 will feed into the 2016 meeting.

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Notes to editors

  1. Further information about the GRC can be found at: 

  2. Research Councils UK (RCUK) is the strategic partnership of the UK’s seven Research Councils. Our collective ambition is to ensure the UK remains the best place in the world to do research, innovate and grow business. The Research Councils are central to delivering research and innovation for economic growth and societal impact. Together, we invest £3 billion in research each year, covering all disciplines and sectors, to meet tomorrow’s challenges today. Our investments create new knowledge through: funding research excellence; responding to society’s challenges; developing skills, leadership and infrastructure; and leading the UK’s research direction. We drive innovation through: creating environments and brokering partnerships; co-delivering research and innovation with over 2,500 businesses, 1,000 of which are SMEs; and providing intelligence for policy making. Find out more about our work at

    The seven UK Research Councils are:

  3. The Indian Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) was established through an Act of Parliament in 2008. SERB’s mission is to promote basic research in Science and Engineering and to provide financial assistance to persons engaged in such research, academic institutions, research and development laboratories, industrial concerns and other agencies. 

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