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By the end of the year, the Ministry of Innovation and Growth will open three procedures for applications for a total of BGN 525 million from the completely new for Bulgaria Program for Scientific Research, Innovation and Digitalization for Intelligent Transformation (PNIIDIT) 2021-2027, the press center reports of the ministry.

 Its budget is BGN 2 billion. The program aims to support the relationship between science and business by giving Bulgarian companies the opportunity to work with modern equipment and with leading researchers from scientific organizations and universities.

In this way, companies will be able to expand their market and renew the products they offer.

The first procedure from PNIIDIT - to build a national network of 12 digital and innovation hubs with a budget of BGN 140 million, will open for applications in March.

Bulgarian companies will be able to work together with the Centers of Excellence and Competence established during the last program period, as well as with the future network of digital hubs.

The first will provide their laboratories for the needs of companies and support the processes of creation, development and testing of technologies and prototypes.

The latter will perform specialized services for businesses in the field of digitization, artificial intelligence and cyber security.

The network of digital hubs will help both Bulgarian companies and companies from all over Europe.

In the second half of 2023, the second measure under the Program set for this year - the voucher scheme for small and medium-sized enterprises for the implementation of scientific developments in business - will be open for applications.

It has a budget of nearly BGN 50 million. The measure is to promote cooperation and use the potential in Centers of Excellence, Centers of Competence, sites from the National Roadmap for Scientific Infrastructure and other research organizations and higher schools.

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The third procedure under PNIIDIT within the framework of 2023 is for the development of the Centers of Excellence and the Centers of Competence, built under the Operational Program "Science and Education for Intelligent Growth" (2014-2020) with a budget of BGN 336 million. this measure will support technology deployment, knowledge transfer and shortening the path from research to innovation.

Projects that received the Seal of Excellence quality mark under the EC's Digital Europe and Horizon Europe programs will also be funded.

Investments will be made in industrial innovation programs to develop technologies to make regions more competitive and climate neutral.

We remind you that the Research, Innovation and Digitization Program for Smart Transformation (PNIIDIT) 2021-2027 was approved in record time by the EC - sent on October 26 and approved on December 5.

It is one of the three directions through which, under the Ministry of Innovation and Growth, from February until the end of the year, more than BGN 1.7 billion will go to businesses. The other two are the National Recovery and Sustainability Plan (NRSP) and the new program " Competitiveness and Innovation" (PCIP) 2021-2027, which has a budget of BGN 3 billion.


Ministry of Innovation and Growth