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Call: Science and Education for Smart Growth Bulgaria

Type of Fund Structural Fund
Description of programme
"Science and Education for Smart Growth Bulgaria"

The programme has two overall goals: strengthening research and innovation and enhancing education and social inclusion at all educational levels. Investments will focus on the following priorities:

  • Up to 243 million € will be invested in developing centres of excellence and centres of competence, as hubs of high-quality research and innovation in the areas defined in the Research and Innovation Strategy for Smart Specialisation. Funding will be dedicated to research infrastructure of regional and national significance, as well as to support the specialisation of researchers and their involvement in the European Research Area.
  • Investment in education (around 220 million €) will aim at improving key competences of students and children, including through innovative teaching methods. It will promote the quality of higher education with a view of obtaining better outcomes on the labour market, as well as the modernisation of vocational education and life-long learning. Significant focus is put on measures investing in the qualifications of researchers, teachers, lecturers improving their mobility and career opportunities.
  • A dedicated funding of 110 million € will finance the integration of children at risk of exclusion from education, on account of belonging to marginalised ethnic groups or to groups with specific educational needs. The programme will thus be a key instrument for reducing the share of early school leavers.
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Science and Education for Smart Growth Bulgaria
Description of call
"Science and Education for Smart Growth Bulgaria"

The programme is managed by the Bulgarian Ministry of education, youth and science. For more information regarding the individual calls/measures, please contact the National Contact Point, see below.

Thematic Focus Education, Research, Equal Rights, Innovation, Youth, People with Disabilities, Social affairs
Funding area Bulgaria / България
Origin of Applicant Bulgaria / България
Eligible applicants Education and Training Centres, 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), NGO / NPO, National Government, Start Up Company, University, Enterprise (more than 250 employees or not defined), Public Services, Other
Call opens 01.01.2014
Call closes 31.12.2020
Recurring Call unknown
Type of Funding Grant
Financial details

Co-financing rate: 85%.

Contact Details

Ministry of Education, Youth and Science

General Directorate "Structural funds and international educational programmes" 
125 Tsarigradsko shosse Blvd., bl. 5, fl. 1
1113 Sofia

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