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Strengthening Research Management and Open Science Capacities of HEIS in Moldova and Armenia (MINERVA)

979,989 €
Implementation period
36 months (2019-2022)
Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova – Moldova
Republic of Armenia, Belgium, Italy, Spain, France, Slovenia
Developing conditions for the implementation of the core principles of Open Science at universities in Moldova and Armenia



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     The main aim of the MINERVA is to develop conditions for the implementation of the core principles of Open Science at universities in Moldova and Armenia. The Project specific objective is threefold: Open science, open innovation, and openness to the world are set as one of the main research and innovation strategies in the European Research Area (ARA). Open science provides an effective framework for the enhancement of research transparency, dissemination, collaborations, and accountability. The academic community in Moldova and Armenia have recognized the importance and advantages of open science principles which is manifested through the numerous initiatives undertaken by the government bodies, faculties, libraries, NGOs, and journal publishers. However, in the absence of coordination, compromise on standards, and a solid legislative support, these initiatives seem isolated and ineffective from the global point of view.

  1. To advance national and institutional guidelines, policies, and incentives related to the open science in Moldova and Armenia,
  1. To establish digital repositories at all project`s partner HEIs in Moldova and Armenia and to foster their infrastructural development and interoperability, and
  1. To build human research capacities in order to ensure the sustainable implementation of open science principles and enhance the social inclusiveness and accountability of publicly-funded research.

     MINERVA project plans to improve institutional HR policies and practices through a series of bylaw changes that will prepare researchers for the labour market and society by facilitating their career development. Further, it will enhance their level of competences through a series of practical trainings in transversal and transferable skills.

     Thus it will harmonize the management of university research potentials and foster regional cooperation in the Eastern Partnership Countries converging with EU developments in higher education sector.

            MINERVA Parteners

1. Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova (coordonator)
2. State University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Moldova
3. Technical University of Moldova
4. Rectors Council of the Republic of Moldova
5. Ministry of Education, Culture and Research of the Republic of Moldova
6. Yerevan State Medical University named after M. Heratsi, Armenia
7. Armenian State University of Economics, Armenia
8. Yerevan State University, Armenia
9. Yerevan Brusov State University of Languages and Social Sciences, Armenia
10. Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Armenia, Armenia
11. University of Liege, Belgium
12. Università degli Studi Guglielmo Marconi, Italy
13. University of Valencia, Spain
14. Universite Cote d’Azur, France
15. University of Montpellier, France
16. European Policy Development and Research Institute, Slovenia

Associated Parteners
1. Free International University of Moldova (as member of the Rectors`s Council)
2. State University "Dimitrie Cantemir" of Moldova (as member of the Rectors`

  Fore more information, please visit the folowing links: 

1. https://erasmusplus.am/course/strengthening-research-management-and-open-science-capacities-of-heis-in-moldova-and-armenia-minerva/ 

2. http://minerva-project.ase.md/en/