A funding contract worth 41.4 million euros of European funds has been signed by Romania’s Minister-delegate for European Funds Rovana Plumb with Minister of Research and Innovation Lucian Georgescu and head of the ANELIS PLUS Association of Romania’s Universities, R&D Institutes and Central University Libraries Gheorghe Popa, according to a press statement by the Ministry of Regional Development, Public Administration and European Funds (MDRAPFE) released on Tuesday.
“The project is designed to secure access to international scientific bases and increase the involvement of the Romanian research community in international networks of major importance to the development of science and technology. At the same time, the project will contribute toward the development of an adequate informational infrastructure to support complex research projects,” according to the statement.
ANELIS PLUS 2020 is also said to attempt to increase Romanian presence in European research while facilitating ties with the world research community.
“Research development and access to knowledge are essential to any strong nation. This is for the first time after 1977 when the Romanian academe is connected to international databases. Only this way can Romanian scientists have real-time access to technical literature,” said Plumb.
In his turn, Georgescu said this is a unique project in Romania that will allow access to the outcomes of scientific research published in the main streams of research organisations.
“This is research support for those who set to get high-level scientific results,” said Georgescu.
The ANELIS PLUS 2020 project for national electronic access to technical literature in support of Romania’s education and research system is funded under the 2014-2020 operational programme competitiveness, priority axis one – research, development and innovation (RDI) to support economic competitiveness and business development, action 1.1.2, developing nationally-coordinated R&D centres connected to relevant European and international networks and securing access of scientists to European and international scientific publications and databases.
Operational Programme Competitiveness (OPC) is designed to address the challenges stemming from low support for research, development and innovation (RDI) and the under-developed information and communication technologies (ICT) services and infrastructure.