New opportunities for funding education, science and innovation in Bulgaria

Bulgaria funding for education, science and innovation

Over EUR 670 million will be invested in promoting the sector. Operational Program Science and Education for Smart Growth (SESG) is new to Bulgaria and was one of the first programs approved by the European Commission in 2015. It will finance scientific research and innovation, general and higher education, as well as vocational training in the country in the period 2014-2020.

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Operational Program Science and Education for Smart Growth (SESG) is new to Bulgaria and was one of the first programs approved by the European Commission in 2015. It will finance scientific research and innovation, general and higher education, as well as vocational training in the country in the period 2014-2020.

The program has two overall strategic goals: strengthening research and innovation, and enhancing education and social inclusion at all educational levels.

Investments will focus on the following priorities:
 

  • Developing hubs of high-quality research and innovation: Funding of up to EUR 243 million will be dedicated to research infrastructure of regional and national significance and will support the specialization of researchers.
  • Improving key competences of students and children, including through innovative teaching methods: Approximately EUR 220 million will be disbursed to promote the quality of education with a view of obtaining better outcomes on the labor market, as well as the modernization of vocational education and life-long learning. 
  • Integrating children at risk of exclusion from education: EUR 110 million will finance marginalized ethnic groups or groups with specific educational needs. The program will thus be a key instrument for reducing the share of early school leavers.

SESG is expected to create 11 new centers of excellence and competence,
support 20 regional laboratories and pilot centers, and involve over 1,500
researchers in activities under the program. It will give 1,500 schools and
160,000 students the opportunity to develop specific knowledge, skills and
competencies. Some 30,000 students will receive scholarships while 850 students will be involved in mobility programs.

At KPMG, we work across the education sector serving clients in primary,
secondary and higher education, as well as vocational education and training. We support strategic planners, funders and providers of educational services in order to respond to the growing demand for high quality education.
We can assist the Ministry of Education, universities, institutes,
schools and other program beneficiaries to strengthen their administrative and absorption capacity and manage EU funded projects efficiently and effectively, in order to mitigate the risks of financial corrections.

Our experience in providing assurance and advisory services across
education, research and innovation, combined with our global network of
Education professionals, will help you to be ready to move forward with your
ambitious agenda for change.

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