The Memorandum of Understanding for the association of Moldova to the EU's Seventh Framework Programme was signed on November 11, 2011 in Brussels, by Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science and Gheorghe Duca, President of the Academy of Sciences of Moldova.
Thus, Moldovan research entities participating in the calls from the 2012 FP7 work programmes will be considered as being from an associated country.
Moldova is the first Eastern Partnership country and the second ENP country, after Israel, to associate to FP7. Subject to the signature of the MoU, Moldova will get similar rights to those of the EU member states, thus becoming a member of the European Research Area, which will allow the country to cooperate as equal partner in all the calls announced by FP7. Local scientists, research institutes, universities and companies will have the opportunity to collaborate with their counterparts across Europe in key research areas, while strengthening their own research expertise and capacity.