Commission experts support the development of 13 Bulgarian research and innovation centres
Commission experts from the Joint Research Centre will provide support and guidance to 13 Bulgarian research and innovation centres to help them bring their innovative ideas to the market, facilitate the transfer and dissemination of knowledge and strengthen both their ties with businesses and their participation in European and international cooperation projects.
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The experts will also help the 13 centres improve their legal, managerial and operational frameworks, deal with state aid issues and identify financing opportunities, including through EU funds.
The 13 centres include four “centres of excellence” i.e. fundamental research institutions and nine “centres of competence”, focused on applied research activities with potential for industrial uptake. It concerns sectors such as mechatronics, digital technologies, creative and gaming industries and biotechnology and other areas in line with the priorities of Bulgaria's smart specialisation strategy (https://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/sources/docgener/guides/smart_spec/strength_innov_regions_en.pdf, https://rio.jrc.ec.europa.eu/en/library/innovation-strategy-smart-specialisation-republic-bulgaria-2014-2020), its industrial and innovation strategy based on local competitive strengths.
A full press release is available at https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ip_19_5829
For more information:
Johannes Bahrke – Tél.: +32 229 58615,
Sophie Dupin de Saint-Cyr - Tel.: +32 229 56169