Swiss-Bulgarian Research Programme

Project completed

The joint research program aims at strengthening the research cooperation between Bulgaria and Switzerland in order to further enable the integration of Bulgarian researchers within international networks as well as to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and know-how among researchers. Activities are primarily the organisation of one call for Joint Research Projects applications and the implementation of 15 to 20 selected Joint Research Projects amounting to max 400,000 Swiss francs each.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Bulgaria
Promoting economic growth and improving working conditions
Research and Development
01.03.2011 - 31.12.2017
CHF 4'000'000

Note: the texts under all the headings, with the exception of 'Results achieved', describe the situation before the start of the project.

Background

Bulgaria has shown a keen interest to make research one of the priorities of the future Swiss Contribution to the EU-enlargement. The scientific institutions in this country have both need and interest to integrate more into the Western European research context. The Swiss Contribution will allow this through research partnerships between Bulgarian and Swiss scientific institutions (Joint Research Projects).

Objectives

The programm aims at strengthening the research cooperation between Bulgaria and Switzerland. Specific objectives are to further enable the integration of Bulgarian researchers within international networks as well as to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and know-how among researchers. Outcomes to bedelivered consist of benefits for end-users at policy level and at societal level captured by the number of submitted patent applications as well as number of innovations/ inventions in terms of product, process, methodology etc. implemented and used following the implementation of Joint Research Projects.

Target groups

Research groups / partnerships between Swiss and Bulgarian institutions; Bulgarian and Swiss academic community

Activities

Activities are primarily the organisation of one call for Joint Research Projects applications in early summer 2011 and the implementation of 15 to 20 selected Joint Research Projects amounting to max 400,000 Swiss francs each.

Results

Achieved results:  

  • 13 Research Projects carried out by researchers from Bulgaria jointly with researchers from Switzerland in the areas of ecology, social disparities and
    regional differences, medecine and engineering.
  • Several project findings have potential for concrete applications that might result in patents at a later stage.

Stabilisation of the scientific community, maintaining and building knowledge in Bulgaria:

  • on the 97 Bulgarian researchers’ part of the programme, a total of 71% indicated their intention to continue an academic career in Bulgaria.
  • 13 Bulgarian research institutions were strengthened through some new equipment.
  • A total of 131 scientific articles were published, of which 111 were peer reviewed by Swiss or Bulgarian researchers ensuring knowledge exchange.
  • The researchers participated actively in 234 international conferences, 6 of them organized by themselves, and extended their international scientific networks.
  • The researchers of 12 projects are willing to continue their bilateral cooperation, ensuring long-term partnerships

  • Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
    Credit area Swiss Contribution to the enlarged EU
    Project partners Contract partner
    Swiss Academic and Research Institution
    • Swiss National Science Foundation


    Other partners

    Intermediary Body: The Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and the Bulgarian Scientific Research Department (SRD); Executing Agency: Bulgarian and Swiss research institutions

    Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF   4'000'000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF   3'910'540
    Project phases

    Phase 1 01.03.2011 - 31.12.2017   (Completed)