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Call: Innovations and Competitiveness Bulgaria 2014-2020

Acronym OPIC
Type of Fund Structural Fund
Description of programme
"Innovations and Competitiveness Bulgaria"

The overall objective of this National Operational Programme is to contribute to Bulgarian innovation performance in the following indicators: number of local providers, (local business entities engaged in the process of creating innovation), contribution to the value chain, collaboration between business and academia in the field of R&D, capacity for innovation, nature of competitive advantages. In order to achieve this objective, the Programme focuses on the following Priority Axes (PA):

  • PA1: Technological development and Innovation
  • PA2: Entrepreneurship and capacity for growth of SMEs
  • PA3: Energy and resource efficiency of the enterprises
  • PA4: Removing the obstacles in the security of gas supplies
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Innovations and Competitiveness Bulgaria 2014-2020
Description of call
"Innovations and Competitiveness Bulgaria 2014-2020"

For more detailed information regarding calls in this Programme, please consult the Programme website

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Thematic Focus Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, Research & Innovation, Technology Transfer & Exchange, Circular Economy, Sustainability, Natural Resources, Justice, Safety & Security, Capacity Building, Cooperation Networks, Institutional Cooperation
Funding area Bulgaria / България
Origin of Applicant Bulgaria / България
Eligible applicants Federal State / Region / City / Municipality / Local Authority, Research Institution, Lobby Group / Professional Association / Trade Union, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, SMEs (between 10 and 249 employees), Microenterprises (fewer than 10 employees), National Government, Start Up Company, University, Enterprise (more than 250 employees or not defined), Public Services
Applicant details

The eligible persons differ among the priority axes (PA):

  • PA 1 - enterprises or group of enterprises (micro, small, medium or lrge ones), including partnerships with research organizations (legal entities as well as other forms of partnerships), agencies, institutions, business organizations and other entities providing services for support of R&D and innovation in enterprises, Sofia Tech Park, technology transfer offices and technology centers, clusters.
  • PA 2 - start-ups and existing enterprises in the sectors defined in the National Strategy for Promotion of SMEs and in the area of creative and cultural industries, enterprises developing new products and services related to an ageing population, care and health, social entrepeneurship, existing micro, small and medium-sized enterprises according to the National Strategy for Promotion of SMEs 2014-2020 for operations financed through grants, clusters (including new and existing clusters within the Strategy for the Danube region, the Action Plan, PA 3), business associations as well as organizations and institutions that are associated with implementation of activities and provision of services in support of business and improvement of business environment.
  • PA  3 - SMEs
  • PA 4 -Ministry of Energy
Recurring Call unknown
Type of Funding Grants
Financial details

Total Programme budget: 1.27 billion €

The budget is allocated as follows:
  • PA1 - 295.3 million €
  • PA2 - 577.5 million €
  • PA3 - 274.1 million €
  • PA4 - 45 million €
Contact Details

Directorate General „European Funds for Competitiveness“
Phone: +352 2 80 75 336

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