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The EOSC Association is the legal entity established to govern the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). It was formed on 29th July 2020 with four founding members and has since grown to over 200 Members and Observers.
The Association membership is jointly responsible for delivering the objectives agreed in the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the European Union and EOSC Association to form the official Partnership.
The EOSC ecosystem is being co-created in a series of funded projects and initiatives from Member States and Associated Countries. The EOSC Association plays an important role in helping to coordinate and steer these investments via its Task Forces and other governance structures.
The EOSC Association brings together key stakeholders in the European research environment such as research funders, service providers, representatives of the research community, and intergovernmental organisations to agree on strategies for the advancement of Open Science and for optimising the conditions for research outcomes to benefit European society.
The Association is comprised of Members and Observers. All Members have a presence in an EU Member State (MS) or Associated Country (AC), or any other country associated with the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. Observers may be established outside this area.
Members and Observers must be a legal entity and confirm in writing that they embrace and endorse the vision of the Association and adhere to its values. They cannot be a department of national governments or ministries.