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Responsible Research Assessment Working Group

GRC RRA working group

The GRC Responsible Research Assessment (RRA) working group was established in September 2021 for the following key purposes:

  • to advocate for the importance of RRA; and
  • to provide guidance and support to participant organisations on embedding RRA in their practices, as well as in the organisations they fund.

The GRC RRA working group drives forward the dialogue between GRC participants, as well as designs and delivers actions that help and support GRC participants to implement RRA principles. There is clear appetite and need to move from statements to action; this working group helps to achieve this in a manner which is informed by global perspectives.

The group operates within the GRC structures, specifically presenting at the GRC Regional meetings and the Annual Meetings.  

The group is co-chaired for an initial 2-year term by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), United Kingdom, and King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), Saudi Arabia.


In November 2020, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) in collaboration with the National Research Foundation (NRF) in South Africa and the UK Forum for Responsible Research Metrics delivered a GRC Virtual Conference on Responsible Research Assessment (RRA). Conference content is available to re-watch on the GRC YouTube channel, here.

Prior to the conference the Research on Research Institute (RoRI) launched a working paper on ‘The changing role of funders in responsible research assessment: progress, obstacles and the way ahead’. The paper sets out the state of play regarding RRA, exploring what RRA means and outlining existing principles and frameworks in the space. It also presents the findings from a survey of GRC participant organisations on their own RRA policies and practices carried out in September 2020.

At the GRC 9th Annual Meeting in May 2021, a Conference Summary Report was published and the GRC endorsed a Call to Action calling on participant organisations to embed existing RRA principles and take concrete action to incentivise and fulfil RRA ambitions.

The Call to Action calls on GRC participant organisations to support the adoption of RRA globally by developing a collective understanding of RRA, learning through collaboration, and sharing information and best practice.

Current RRA working group members are:

Alicia Juliana KowaltowskiUniversity of São Paulo/ São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP)
Cynthia Veronica Jeppesen

National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET)

David O'Brien

Robert McLean
International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
Shawn McGuirkNatural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
Joanne LooyenMinistry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE)
New Zealand
LI WencongNational Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC)
Anne CodyHealth Research Board (HRB)
Catriona FirthUK Research and Innovation (UKRI)
United Kingdom
Claire Fraser (Co-Chair)UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)
United Kingdom
James MorrisScience Europe
Jean-Emmanuel FaureEuropean Commission
Jenny ClarkinScience Foundation Ireland (SFI)
Matthias KiesselbachGerman Research Foundation (DFG)
Noemi Aubert-BonnUK Research and Innovation (UKRI)
United Kingdom
Ruhena BegumUK Research and Innovation (UKRI)
United Kingdom
Sean SapcariuLuxembourg National Research Fund
Selcan KarabulutScientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK)
Mohammed Ahmad S.
Al-Shamsi (Co-Chair)
King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST)
Saudi Arabia
Obaid Mohamed Al SaeediMinistry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation (MoHERI)
Sub-Saharan Africa 
Bugwesa Zablon Katale

Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH)

Dirce MadeiraFundo Nacional de Investigação (FNI)
Nosisa Dube National Research Foundation (NRF)
South Africa