Seventh Framework Programme for Research (FP7)

pdfList of funded projects in FP7

The analysis of the participation of BAS in the Seventh Framework Programme for the period from its launch in 2007 until the end of 2009, based on an annual input from all departments, confirms the tendencies of the previous Framework Programmes. With each passing year there is an increase in the number of units of BAS which are included in the programme, either through its proposals; as members of international consortia, which have prepared and deposited projects or simply only through the participation of some of its scientists in already approved projects. There is an increase in the number of successful projects, maintaining the share of BAS at an average of 40-50% of the total number of successful Bulgarian projects.

So, in 2007, the first year of the Seventh Framework Programme, the results of the participation of BAS are quite modest:

  • Number of submitted projects: 200 (prepared by 48 units);
  • Number of approved projects: 25 (prepared by 16 units);
  • Attracted European subsidies: 1.1 million EUR.

A year later, at the end of 2008, the results for the past two years are now:

  • Total number of submitted projects: 300, with the participation of 61 units;
  • Number of approved projects: 74, with the successful participation of 32 units (an increase of nearly three times for one year);
  • Attracted European subsidies: 7 million EUR (an increase of 6 million EUR for one year).

The trend of increasing the number of submitted and approved projects and the amount of European funding is stable again in 2009, the third year of Participation in the Seventh Framework Programme.

In total for the period 2007-2009 the results are as follows:

  • Number of projects submitted: 420, prepared by 62 units;
  • Number of approved projects: 104, prepared by 40 units;
  • Attracted European subsidies: 9,403,729 EUR.

Among the most successful units of BAS involved in FP7 so far are: the Institute of Oceanology in Varna (22 projects submitted, of them - 12 successful and attracted sum of 1,656,894 EUR) and the Institute for Parallel Processing (with 26 projects submitted, 15 of them successful and attracted sum of 1,529,163 EUR).

Immediately after them are ranked the Central Laboratory of General Ecology (12 projects submitted, four of them successful and 1,100,720 EUR); Institute of Microbiology (with 13 projects submitted, four of them successful for 972,651 EUR); INRNE (38 projects submitted, 12 successful and 400,000 EUR); IBIR (8 projects submitted, only one of them successful, but for the impressive sum of 442,500 EUR), Institute of Organic Chemistry (11 submitted, 4 of them for successful 400 772 EUR); IEES (7 projects submitted, 3 successful for 391,940 EUR), the Institute of Sociology (8 projects submitted, 3 successful projects and the amount of 367,192 EUR).

It should be noted the fact that 39 scientists and administrators from the BAS system are members of the National Network for coordination and consultation on the participation of Bulgaria in the 7th FP, created by the Ministry of Education in 2007, either as a national representative for Bulgaria in the Programme Committee or as the National Contact Person in the different priorities of FP7. They support the participation of the Bulgarian scientific community in the programme by periodically organizing national information days on various topics, some of them - with the assistance of the Institutional Bureau for Framework Programmes of the EU in the Directorate "International Activities" at BAS-HQ.

The Institutional Bureau continues its efforts to support the participation in FP7 of BAS. In July 2010 the virtual "Consulting office" began work. The virtual consulting office provides expert advice to BAS scientists who prepare projects within FP7, or wish to participate in FP7, but they need consultation and advice, as they have not yet applied for funding under the Programme. In the consulting office experts, who are part of the National Contact Network for FP7, work on a voluntary basis.

Note: The Institute of Parallel Processing is now Institute of Information and Communication Technologies