ARC Fund has been the coordinator of the Bulgarian Safer Internet Center since its establishment in 2005. The Centre works for the protection and empowerment of children and young people on the Internet by raising awareness, training (children, parents and professionals), consultations (Helpline) and monitoring and reporting online sexual abuse and exploitation of minors (Hotline).

The young people (re)act

A handbook with 13 training modules to develop digital-media literacy, social and leadership skills, teamwork and active citizenship in young people:

Innovation in the workplace

The report presents the results of a survey among small and medium-sized enterprises in Bulgaria on innovations introduced in the workplace, which are new management practices leading to a change in the model of organization of work processes and organizational culture of enterprises.
PDF 2020

The report provides an annual assessment of the innovation potential of the Bulgarian economy in Europe and of the status and opportunities of the Bulgarian innovation system. It makes recommendations for improving public policy on innovation in Bulgaria and in the EU drawing on the latest theoretical and empirical research and taking into account the specific economic, political, cultural and institutional framework within which the country’s innovation system is developing. The leading theme of 2020 is the strategic framework of the European Commission for the...

Expect first results from the Hidden Innovations project on 23 November

On 23-24 November, within the framework of the conference dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the reestablishment of the Faculty of Economics of Sofia University, the team of the project “Hidden Innovations: Analysis of Research and Innovation Activity Remaining Uncovered by Official Statistics” will present an analysis of the first data of the project. On November 23, Prof. Teodora Georgieva, Senior Expert at the Applied Research and Communications Fund, and Assoc. prof. Daniela Georgieva from the International Business School will comment on the regulatory framework...

A new project is investigating the problem of non-submission of statistics on research activity of enterprises in Bulgaria

The Applied Research and Communications Fund has launched a six-month project that aims to explore attitudes and opportunities to address the problem of non-submission of data on research activity of enterprises to the National Statistical Institute in the framework of the Annual Financial Reports. The project foresees a conference and focus groups with representatives of the entrepreneurial environment, industry and business organisations, with the Ministry of Economy and the National Statistical Institute as well as the Ministry of Finance and the National Revenue Agency. The aim is to...

Business, experts and institutions discussed ideas for the Innovation Strategy for Smart Specialisation

Entrepreneurs, representatives of the Ministry of Economy and regional administrations, experts from the non-governmental sector, industry and business organisations, and university professors from the six planning regions in Bulgaria took part in focus groups on the preparation of a concept for smart specialisation in Bulgaria for 2021-2027. The focus groups on the topic “Smart Specialisation in Bulgaria – Opportunities and Challenges” are part of the project “Effective and Transparent Smart Specialisation Policy for Bulgaria 2021 – 2027“. It is funded by...

Invitation for a focus group for the preparation of a smart specialisation concept for Bulgaria for the period 2021-2027

The Applied Research and Communications Fund and the Ministry of Economy are working on the preparation of a Smart Specialisation Concept for Bulgaria for the next programming period 2021-2027. We invite you on 22 and 23 July to an online focus group in Zoom with representatives of the research community and the business community from the different planning regions. The aim is to identify attitudes towards technological and economic profiling in the country and the results of smart specialisation policy. We look forward to your suggestions and ideas for policies in this area in the next...

Ivan Yossifov: Telemedicine supports, not threatens, communication and physical examination with a doctor

Ivan Yosifov is the CEO of “Naicoms” Ltd – a Bulgarian innovative company that offers a telemedicine system. “Naicoms won the award in the Social Innovation category in the Innovative Enterprise of the Year 2019 contest, an initiative of the Applied Research and Communications Fund with the support of Enterprise Europe Network – Bulgaria. The company offered a fully developed telemedicine system for free as an alternative for safe access to healthcare services in a complicated health situation this year. The system ( is used by hospitals such as...