Research - Bulgaria
Bulgaria encourages companies to invest in research and innovation to help increase growth and create jobs. It is hoped that EU funds spent in this area will reach 3 of GDP by 2010.
Foreign companies wishing to provide research activities on the Bulgarian market frequently do so through agreements with local businesses in the form of:
- joint ventures.
The conditions for agreements of this kind are set out in the Bulgarian Commercial Code (TZ).
Scientific research and development agencies
The State Agency for Information Technologies and Communications is the government agency responsible for information and communications technology (ICT).
Alongside R&D, innovation is essential for businesses to develop and stay competitive.
Intellectual property must be protected to encourage research.
Participating in tenders
The National Scientific Research Fund (NSRF) of the Ministry of Education has been carrying out scientific research projects in Bulgaria over the last 3 years. The areas it covers include: natural science, mathematics, biology, agricultural sciences, medicine, etc. The Fund publishes its programme once a year. Bulgarian citizens and foreigners representing a company may participate in the tenders, if they wish.
The National Scientific Research Fund (NSRF) keeps a register of the scientific research conducted in Bulgaria. It contains not only lists of public contracts for scientific research, but also projects listed in the 'international programme' and elsewhere.
The Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Promotion Executive Agency provides information about financial support in setting up clusters. SMEs in the same business sector may set up clusters which allow them jointly to look for clients and new markets and conduct research.
Bulgaria's spending programme for EU funds coordinates research funded at national level with that at EU level. Funding applications can be submitted online, and are considered twice per annum.
The Operational Programme 'Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy 2007-2013' is an operational programme co-financed by the EU Structural Funds since Bulgaria's accession to the EC.
The procedures for selection by competition of project proposals for granting financial assistance notified to date are:
Check also the legislation on this topic in: