The Background Report provides an overview of the Bulgarian science, research and innovation system in the context of the Specific Support to Bulgaria within the Horizon 2020 Policy Support Facility.
The report begins by elaborating on the country’s socio-economic context and addresses, in a comparative way, the R&D trends, including financial flows. Research performance indicators are also presented along with information on governance of the R&D system, the research-performing institutions and the higher education institutions. The report provides an overview of relevant strategic and policy documents, including the latest developments. It also sketches the process of introducing a performance-based research funding system with its institutional funding component and an evaluation component. Finally, it provides insights on the pilot evaluation by the public research organisations.