bridges, vol. 33, May 2012 / Noteworthy Information
On May 14-15, the heads of research councils from about 50 countries convened at the inaugural Global Summit on Merit Review and announced, on this occasion, the establishment of a Global Research Council. The Summit was hosted by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in Arlington, Virginia.
The merit review principles crafted by the Summit leaders include expert assessment, transparency, impartiality, appropriateness, confidentiality, and integrity and ethical considerations.
NSF hosted members from G20/OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) countries, which are typically the most research intensive, and countries with emerging scientific enterprises, including those involved with the State Department Science Envoys program. The merit review process, as practiced by NSF and other leading funding agencies, is recognized as an essential tool for evaluating scientific research. In releasing a set of common principles, the Summit participants identified best practices and standards that will cultivate multinational research cooperation among countries and across continents.
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