To support countries in reforming their research and innovation systems, the Directorate-General for Research & Innovation (DG RTD) of the European Commission set up a Policy Support Facility (PSF) under the European Framework Programme for Research & Innovation ‘Horizon 2020’. It aimed to support Member States and associated countries in improving their national science, technology and innovation systems.
The Bulgarian government requested specific support from the PSF, as a basis for the finalisation of the national performance-based research funding system (PRFS).
The PSF panel of four independent experts worked from January to December 2017, including a mission to Sofia to consult stakeholders and discuss potential recommendations. This report summarises the panel’s recommendations which focus on:
• The need to implement a structural reform of the R&I system as a precondition for any PRFS to be effective
• How to refine the current PRFS design to ensure the introduction of a fair, transparent, simple and low-cost PRFS
• The options for designing an integrated evaluation and research funding framework