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Global Summit on Merit Review Participants

July 25, 2012
A group photo showing participants of the inaugural Global Summit on Merit Review that took place May 14 and 15, 2012. For the event, the National Science Foundation (NSF) hosted members from G20/OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation 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. Leaders from the two-day inaugural summit released a set of merit review principles and established a global research council. Heads of research councils from about 50 countries participated in the summit and joined the new global research council. The merit review principles crafted by summit leaders include expert assessment, transparency, impartiality, appropriateness, confidentiality, and integrity and ethical consideration. The merit review process, as practiced by NSF and other leading funding agencies, is recognized as an essential tool for evaluating scientific research. Credit: Sandy Schaeffer