National Programs

National policy on scientific research in Bulgaria is coordinated by the Ministry of Education and Science. Structural unit that supports the coordination of national and European level is Directorate Research. Directorate Research assisted administratively created in 1990 Bulgarian Science Fund. Its creation was one of the first steps associated with the implementation of project finance in the country.

Bulgarian Academy of Sciences - policy and strategy

Other important national instrument for development and enhancement of research potential are the Operational Programs:

EU and Bulgaria - Policies and Programs:


European Programs


HORIZON 2020 - the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation

Horizon 2020 provides major simplification through a single set of rules. It will combine all research and innovation funding currently provided through the Framework Programmes for Research and Technical Development, the innovation related activities of the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT).

The proposed support for research and innovation under Horizon 2020 will:

  • Strengthen the EU’s position in science with a dedicated budget of € 24 341 million1.This will provide a boost to top-level research in Europe, including the very successful European Research Council (ERC).
  • Strengthen industrial leadership in innovation € 17 015 million1. This includes major investment in key technologies, greater access to capital and support for SMEs.
  • Provide € 30 956 million1 to help address major concerns shared by all Europeans such as climate change, developing sustainable transport and mobility, making renewable energy more affordable, ensuring food safety and security, or coping with the challenge of an ageing population.


“Erasmus+” - investing in Europe's education, training and youth

 Erasmus+ would bring together all the current EU and international schemes for education, training, youth and sport, replacing seven existing programmes with one. 


At Community level, the European Union possesses three key funding instruments to support research and innovation: Cohesion policy which is funded by the Structural and Cohesion Funds; Research Framework Program and the Framework Program for Competitiveness and Innovation.


   CIP   EU Cohesion Policy          

 Other Programs


  International Science & Technology Center

  Fulbright in Bulgaria 

  America for Bulgaria Foundation