Dr. Abdulnasser Al Ansari, the Deputy Executive Director of QNRF, attended the 3rd Annual Global Meeting of the Global Research Council (GRC) which took place in Beijing, China in May. The meeting was hosted by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the National Natural Science Foundation of China, and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).
The GRC is an informal organisation among public funding agencies worldwide, and the meeting brought together the heads of approximately 70 science and research councils from around the globe, as well as high-ranking guests from science and research, science administration and research policy units. In December, 2013, QNRF hosted the Global Research Council Regional Meeting for the Middle East and North Africa region at its Doha offices.
Dr. Abdulnasser said that a global consultative process at five Regional Meetings held around the world – including the one hosted by QNRF, in Doha - had included over 100 different research funding and research performing organisations, as well as other stakeholder groups.
In Beijing the process culminated in the endorsement of a declaration of principles and actions that the GRC participants are, and should be, committed to fulfilling. Entitled ‘Statement of Principles and Actions for shaping the Future: Supporting the Next Generation of Researchers’, this action plan sets guidelines and goals that hopefully will continue to promote socially responsible research amongst the research community.
Open access for publications, a topic also discussed at the Doha meeting, was again on the agenda, and the participants discussed the implementation of the GRC action plan on open access contributions. Over 60 organisations contributed to the development of the action plan, which includes a range of activities designed to foster the open exchange of research results by GRC participant organizations.
Dr. Abdulnasser said that the GRC encourages funding agencies to work together, which enables researchers to collaborate. In today’s global research environment, he said, it is something that is encouraged by the GRC and supported by QNRF.
For more information on the statement of principles visit: http://www.globalresearchcouncil.org/statement-principles-research-integrity
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