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


Project number








36 months (2018-2021)




979,989 €  


Applicant (Coordinator)


Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova: Mrs. Olesia Sirbiu –



Local Coordinators





Armenian State University of Economics (ASUE): Mr Nerses Gevorgyan – 

Yerevan Brusov State University of Languages and Social Sciences (YSULS): Mrs. Anna Chulyan –

Yerevan State Medical University (YSMU): Mr. Seyran Kocharyan –

Yerevan State University (YSU): Mr. Alexander Markarov –

Ministry of Education, Science, Culture & Sport of Republic of Armenia (MoESCS): Mrs. Lilit Mkrtchyan – 

EU partners





Communauté d’universités et établissements Université Côte d’Azur – France

Universite de Monpellier – France

Institut za Evropske Razvojne Politike in Raziskave Maribor – Slovenia

Universita Degli Studi Guglielmo Marconi – TELEMATICA – Italy

Universitat de Valecia – Spain

Universite de Liege – Belgium


Partner countries










Armenian State University of Economics (ASUE) 
Yerevan Brusov State University of Languages and Social Sciences (YSULS)
Yerevan State Medical University (YSMU)
Yerevan State University (YSU)
Ministry of Education and Science of RA (MoES)


Asociatia Obsteasca Consiliul Rectorilor Din Republica Moldova
Universitatea De Stat De Medicina Si Farmacie Nicolae Testemitanu Din Republica Moldova
Universitatea Tehnica A Moldovei
Ministry of Education and Science of Republic of Moldova 

Associated Partners

Electronic Information for Libraries

Project Summary

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.

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:

  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.