The aim of this PSF activity is to support the Bulgarian authorities in the development of (1) a research performance-based funding system, inspired by Member States best practices, and (2) a model for the evaluation and assessment of the public research institutions' performances. This activity aims to further implement the recommendations of the 2015 PSF Peer Review of the Bulgarian R&I system, in particular recommendation n°5 concerning the allocation system for institutional funding.
During the kick-off meeting the Bulgarian authorities presented the rationale behind their request for the specific support and discuss with the PSF panel of experts the main bottlenecks in regards the funding allocation systems, more concretely as regards the performance based funding, and the main challenges in relation to the evaluation and assessment of the research institutions. Specific session was devoted to the presentation and discussion of the results of the pilot phase of the evaluation system launched in the context of the 'Regulation on monitoring and evaluation of research conducted by the universities and the scientific organizations as well as the activities of the National Science Fund' adopted in October 2015.
This Specific Support is a follow-up to the PSF Peer Review of the Bulgarian R&I system in 2015. It aims to support implementation of the review’s recommendations, in particular concerning the allocation system for institutional funding. During the visit the expert panel met the Bulgarian authorities involved in R&I policies, as well as representatives of research institutions, research communities and industry. They discussed the main challenges for the Bulgarian public funding system for R&I and the process for evaluation of public research institutions’ outcomes. This will provide the experts with further information on the key elements of the current funding allocation system, as well as the model for evaluation and monitoring of research organisations' activities. The visit will help them perform their analyses and propose recommendations tailored to the country's needs.