Bulgarian Science Fund (NSFB)

The Bulgarian Science Fund is a public institution, established in 2008 to provide funding for project-based research. The Fund also coordinates bilateral programs with the Bulgarian Ministry of Education and Science, supports COST actions and participates in EC framework programs. The decision-making body of the Fund is the Executive Board, supported by 6 scientific advisory committees in 6 thematic areas, one bilateral committee and external experts. The representative person is NSFB Executive Manager. The structure is responsible for the evaluation and implementation of NSFB programs and activities. Some of NSFB main goals is to communicate the conclusions of its projects' evaluations, to provide its own observations and to improve its practices and procedures in setting up research programs and calls. Many efforts are concentrated to provide sound and meaningful analysis on aspects such as policy intervention; clarity in program definition about the social aspect, efficient evaluation criteria, performance indicators  according to the specificity of the research and effective frameworks  that allows all those actions to correlate and work accordingly.

Reflecting to an on-going Peer Review exercise on evaluating the current research and innovation system in Bulgaria under Horizon 2020 Policy Support Facility, the Bulgarian Science Fund aims to achieve wider socio-economic impacts of allocated funds through:

  • developing evaluation methodologies that capture wider impact;
  • capitalizing on synergies with reporting, monitoring and evaluation systems  on the level of other research funding agencies with regard to impact on research and innovation performance across Europe and beyond;
  • assessing social dimension and strategic relevance of national programs.

In the period 2010-2015, NSFB participated in 3 transnational joint calls in FP7 project and in one co-fund call and is currently participating in an ERA-Net co-fund action in Consolidating the European research Area on biodiversity and ecosystem services.

Contact Person: Violeta Milkova, e-mail: v.milkova@mon.bg

Website: https://www.fni.bg/