EaP STI Evaluation Platform: MoU signed

1. Jul 2016

IncoNet EaP activity facilitates better STI funding review procedures in competitive calls

The IncoNet EaP started in 2014 and 2015 preparations for a Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) among the active research funding agencies and research commitees in the EaP countries. ZSI and the Moldavian partner CIP in the IncoNet EaP facilitated the process throughout the 2 years including also the set up of the roadmap and drafting the MoU. A third workshop was organised by Shota Rusatavel Science Foundation in Tbilisi to progress with the drafted documents and to find ways of establishing an active network functioning most importantly also beyond the existence of IncoNet EaP. The event involved the relevant organisations from all 6 EaP countries and focused on the developed roadmap and the future responsibilities for implementation of the 10 identified activities. On the occasion of the two-day event on 27 June 2016 the MoU was signed by five of the six countries, the sixth country will sign after approval of the corresponding foreign ministry in the next months to complete the process.

The MoU aims also to signalize to EU Member country the interest to cooperate in joint activities. The MoU includes as an Annex a roadmap providing outlines for dedicated activities:

  • Exchange of thematic reviewers on a case to case basis
  • Establishment of a joint reviewer database
  • Further use of existing reviewer data currently collected in "Eval-Inco"
  • Quality mechanisms for review and reviewer databases
  • Exchange on current practice of agencies and programme owners
  • Twinning actions with EU STI fundign agencies
  • Peer review of funding agencies
  • Exchange on STI funding practice
  • Capacity building for the STI stakeholders
  • Maintainace of the network itself (2 year host jointly by two organisations)

The event was the third workshop following meetings in Chisinau (05/2014) and Kiev (10/2015).


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