Bulgaria: BNSF

 

Bulgarian National Science Fund: BNSF

Name of the programme/initiative

 

Programme website

 www.fni.bg

Programme owner

 Bulgarian National Science Fund

Program manager (excecuting funding organisation)

 

Contact person
Details: e-mail, tel.

 Name: Milena Alexandrova

 Phone: +359 884 171 363

 e-mail: aleksandrova@mon.bg

Type of research eligible for funding: eligible TRL range

 Basic research

Funding rates (approx.)

BNSF commits a contribution of € 230 081 from the national budget to the Joint Call. The maximum amount of the funding available to Bulgarian researchers should be up to € 76 693

Major eligibility restrictions
(e.g. types of organisations, thematic restricition)

Eligibility criteria:

Applicants under this procedure shall be directly responsible for the implementation of the activities under the project proposal and shall not act as intermediaries, but they shall carry out activities under the project proposal on their behalf and at their expense.

 

Applicants to this procedure must be entities:

1) Accredited universities as defined in Art.85 para.1, p. 7 of the Higher Education Act;

2) Research organizations as defined in Art. 47, para 1 of the Higher Education Act. http://lll.mon.bg/uploaded_files/zkn_visseto_obr_01.03.2016_EN.pdf

 

Applicants to this procedure must be entities:

1) Carrying out fundamental research studies; and

2) Whose activities are entirely of a non-profit nature; or

3) Whose activities are of both for-profit and not-for-profit nature, but these activities are clearly distinguished and their organization allows tracking of revenue and expenditures connected with their implementation, including by keeping analytical accounting. In the event that an applicant is involved in both for-profit and not-for-profit activities, the funding, expenditures and revenues shall be taken into account separately for each type of activity and on the basis of consistently applied principles of accounting of expenditures being justifiable.

 

Funding conditions:

The maximum requested budget per project is up to 76.600 euros. The eligible costs are specified in ”National requirements and eligibility conditions” of Bulgarian National Science Fund available at:

https://www.fni.bg/sites/default/files/competition/12_2016/ERA/FNI_International_Programs_2017_BG.pdf

 

The following costs are not eligible:

•          costs for activities carried out before the date of entry into force of the grant contract under the current procedure;

•          costs that have already been funded or are fundable by other, confirmed sources;

•          costs made for the purchase of assets and / or performance of activities not directly related to the project proposal and the fundamental research planned in it;

•          tax costs, including refundable VAT; • within the contract duration

•          fine, sanction and penalty payments for events occurring within the contract duration;

•          costs for consulting services during the project proposal preparation stage;

•          costs depending on the use of local rather than imported goods;

all costs falling outside the scope of eligible costs of the procedure in the respective state.

 

The financial plan of the project should comprise “Indirect eligible costs” which include:

–          Administrative costs – up to 7 % of the total project cost.

–          Audit costs – up to 1 % of the total project cost.

These costs are required to be included even they are not identified within the general rules of the call announced under the respective international programme

 

All the eligible costs are specified in” National requirements and eligibility conditions” of Bulgarian National Science Fund available at:

https://www.fni.bg/sites/default/files/competition/12_2016/ERA/FNI_International_Programs_2017_BG.pdf

Geographical coverage (national/regional)

All Bulgarian regions

National/regional schedule, cut-off dates, Deadlines

The Bulgarian teams must submit the national application to fulfill the national funding rules