The mission ended on Thursday, April 5, with a round table, which was attended by ASM leadership, representatives and members of the Supreme Council for Science and Technological Development (SCSTD) and other guests. The event was used to present the systems governing RDI in Austria, Greece, Estonia and Belarus. This was also an opportunity for those present to gain first hand insight into the characteristics of these systems and perform a comparative analysis. In addition, the newly founded Center for Fundamental and Applied Research Funding (CFARF) of Moldova was presented at the event, which aims to support and promote national scientific community activities at the expense of public funds allocated through an open competition system.
Evaluation exercise of the RDI system in Moldova is conducted within the EU funded project IncoNet EECA ("S&T International Cooperation Network for Eastern European and Central Asian Countries") and will end in June with a final report performed by the experts. This document will provide an assessment of the current system of governance of science in the Republic of Moldova and will contain recommendations on how to improve and align it to the best international practices in this field.
The Group of Experts chaired by Mr. Manfred Spiesberger of the Centre for Social Innovation in Austria, includes specialists from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research in Germany, General Secretariat for Research and Technology of Greece, the Innovation Fund of Belarus, Ministry of Education and Research of Estonia, Ministry of Science and Research of Austria.