The RISC Consortium was established in November 2007 when the directors of socially conscious research institutes from Europe, North America and South America met in Luxembourg to participate in a conference on “Social Cohesion in Europe and the Americas.” Since that time, the consortium has expanded its membership into Africa and consolidated its scientific activities through annual international conferences, a book series, a new scientific journal, thematic workshops/symposium and grants for young scholars. The RISC Consortium plans to support policy-relevant research and training in the near future.