They have established a Global Research Council (GRC), which will provide a forum for 50 heads of research councils from around the world to meet regularly and address issues of common interest. It will be governed by a board with equal numbers from developing and developed countries. The next global summit will be hosted by Brazil and Germany in Berlin on May 27-29, 2013.
The leaders of research councils moreover released a Statement of Principles of Scientific Merit Review. The merit review principles crafted by the summit leaders include: transparency, peer review, impartiality, confidentiality, integrity and ethical consideration. The merit review process, as practiced by leading funding agencies, is therefore recognized as an essential tool for evaluating scientific research.