International cooperation

The Bulgarian Academy of Sciences performs a significant part of the international scientific cooperation of the country. The Academy has maintained traditional ties with foreign scientific and educational organizations for many years and implements an active policy aimed at international scientific partnership.

The Department of International Relations, established in 1957, fulfills the administrative functions required for diverse international activities of the Academy which also include the coordination of national programs and projects involving some of the Bulgarian universities. The tasks of the Department consist in supporting international scientific cooperation and expanding the prospectives for research of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences through the realization of opportunities for joint work of Bulgarian and foreign scientists.

The Bulgarian Academy of Sciences conducts scientific research in accordance with universal values, national traditions and interests. It participates in the development of world science and helps to multiply the spiritual and material wealth of the nation.

Administrative services

Department of International Relations

The International Relations Department, established in 1957, fulfills the administrative functions required for many diverse international activities of the Academy which also include the coordination of national programs and of programs and projects involving some of the Bulgarian universities. The tasks of the Department consist in supporting international scientific cooperation and expanding the research prospectives of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences through the realization of opportunities for joint work of Bulgarian and foreign scientists.

In the day-to-day work of the Department, the exchange of research visits under bilateral agreements of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (the number of which exceeds 45), the administrative support for the Academy’s participation in the framework programs of the European Union as well as activities providing the membership of BAS in international organizations prevail.

The International Relations Department disseminates information among BAS units on the deadlines for submitting projects, opportunities for specialization abroad, international scientific prizes, opportunities for young scientists to participate in conferences abroad and others. The department also performs activities related to the provision of funds for business trips abroad and the reception of foreign scientists in Bulgaria, with the provision of visas, accommodation and transport. It  takes part in the organization of conferences, lectures, award ceremonies, presentations and others.

International Relations Staff

Veneta NIKOLOVA, Head of Department
Russia, Erasmus Students’ mobility
Phone: (+359 2) 979 52 30
Fax: (+359 2) 986 25 23; (+359 2) 988 04 48
E-mail: veneta@cu.bas.bg

Tomina GALIBOVA, Chief Expert
ERASMUS coordinator – staff mobility, incoming mobility, agreements with Programme countries
Poland, Sweden, UK, USA, Turkey
EEA grants – Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein,
Phone: (+359 2) 979 5387
E-mail: tominaglb@cu.bas.bg

Nikola JABLIANOV, Chief Expert
Italy, Spain, Romania, Greece, Serbia, Macedonia, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, China
Phone: (+359 2) 986 23 97
E-mail: kolio@cu.bas.bg

Gabriella TCHOUPRENSKA, Senior Expert
Czech Republic, Slovakia, Armenia, International organizations and European programmes, Scientific Diaspora club coordinator
Marie Sklodowska-Curie National Contact Point, FP Horizon 2020, EURAXESS LoCP
Phone: (+359 2) 979 5241
E-mail: tchouprenska@cu.bas.bg

Plamen STEFANOV, Senior Expert
Phone: (+359 2) 979 5238
E-mail: stefanov@cu.bas.bg

Svetla STOYCHEVA, Junior Expert
Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Austria, Germany, France, Belgium – WBI, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Mongolia
Phone: (+359 2) 979 5236
E-mail: stoycheva@cu.bas.bg

Eleonora MILANOVA, Junior Expert
Belgium – FWO, Ukraine, Belarus, Hungary, Egypt, Israel, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova
Phone: (+359 2) 979 5235
E-mail: milanova@cu.bas.bg

Bilateral cooperation and exchange agreements

The Bulgarian Academy of Sciences has concluded over 45 bilateral agreements under the equivalent-free-exchange mechanism with international scientific organizations.

The administrative support to the agreements is carried out by the General Academic Administration of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences through the Department of International Relations.

CountryInstitutionDetailsFree quotaRequirements
AustriaAustrian Academy of SciencesAgreement signed: 1977 Last updated: 1999 Validity: open-ended Joint projects: none Exchange quota: not fixedNo free quota (projects only)Visits to Austria: on invitation by members of AAS
AlbaniaThe Academy of Sciences of AlbaniaAgreement signed: 1990 Last updated: 2014 Validity: open-ended Joint projects: none Exchange quota: not fixedBilaterally signed project proposals submitted to both organizations
BelarusThe National Academy of Sciences of BelarusAgreement signed: 2002 Last updated: 2016 Validity: 3 years Joint projects: 9 Exchange quota for each of the parties: 10 man/weeksNo free quota (projects only)Bilaterally signed project proposals submitted to both organizations
BelgiumResearch Foundation - Flanders (F.W.O.)Agreement signed: 2000 Validity of projects: 3 years Joint projects: 9 Exchange quota: 30 man-weeksNo free quota (projects only)Bilaterally signed project proposals submitted to both organizations
BelgiumNational Fund for Scientific Research - Wallonie (FNRS)Agreement signed: 1994 Updated: every year Validity: 3 years Joint projects: 9 Exchange quota: 20 man/weeks Two stipends of 800 Euro per month for max. two people and for no more than three months for each of the partiesNo free quota (projects only)Bilaterally signed project proposals submitted to both organizations
EstoniaEstonian Academy of SciencesAgreement signed: 1996 Updated: 2018 Validity: 3 years Joint projects: 4 Exchange quota: 51 man-daysNo free quota (projects only)Bilaterally signed project proposals submitted to both organizations
GermanyGerman Research Foundation (DFG)Agreement signed: 1973 Updated: 2008 Validity: open-ended No exchange quotaNo free quotaSince February 2012: individual online applications on the website of DFG
Bosnia and HerzegovinaAcademy of Sciences and Arts of Bosnia and HerzegovinaAgreement signed: 2016 Validity: open-ended Joint projects: noneNo free quota (projects only)Bilaterally signed project proposals submitted to both parties
GreeceThe Aristotle University of ThessalonikiAgreement signed: 2006 Validity: open-ended Joint projects: 3 Exchange quota: 75 man-daysFree quota: on invitation, part of the total exchange quotaBilaterally signed project proposals submitted to both organizations; invitation from the foreign partner
GreeceUniversity of AthensAgreement signed: 2010 Validity: 5 years Joint projects: none The Agreement envisages exchange of scientists, staff and PhD studentsInvitation from a foreign partner
ItalyNational Research Council (CNR)Agreement signed: 1967 Last updated: 2012 Validity: 6 years; validity of projects: 3 years Joint projects: 10 2000 Euro per project a year for Bulgarian scientists; each organization covers the expenses of its own scientistsBilaterally signed project proposals submitted to both institutions
KosovoAcademy of Sciences and Arts of KosovoAgreement signed: 2012 Validity: open-ended Joint projects: noneNo free quota (projects only)By availability of financial resources
SpainSpanish National Research CouncilAgreement signed: 2003 Frozen since 2012 on request of the Spanish side
LatviaLatvian Academy of SciencesAgreement signed: 1996 Last updated: 2018 Validity: 3 years Joint projects: 6 Exchange quota: 12 man-weeksOn invitation, part of the total quotaBilaterally signed project proposals submitted to both organizations
LithuaniaLithuanian Academy of SciencesAgreement signed: 2007 Validity: open-ended Joint projects: 4 Exchange quota: 8 man-weeksOn invitation, part of the total quotaBilaterally signed project proposals submitted to both organizations
MacedoniaMacedonian Academy of Sciences and ArtsAgreement signed: 1999 Last updated: 2014 Validity: open-ended; validity of projects: 2 years Joint projects: 15 Each organization covers the expenses of its scientistsBilaterally signed project proposals submitted to both organizations
MoldovaMoldavian Academy of SciencesAgreement signed: 1999 Validity: open-ended Joint projects: noneExchanges depend on the availability of funding
PolandPolish Academy of SciencesAgreement signed: 1959 Last updated: 2018 Validity: 3 years (2018-2020) Joint projects: 31 Exchange quota: 40 man-weeksFree quota: on invitation, within the total quotaBilaterally signed project proposals submitted to both organizations
Republika Srpska in Bosnia and HerzegovinaAcademy of Sciences and Arts of Republika Srpska in Bosnia and HerzegovinaAgreement signed: 2015 Validity: open-ended Joint projects: noneNo free quota (projects only)By interest on the side of both organizations
RomaniaRomanian Academy (RA)Agreement signed: 1959 Last updated: 1999 Validity: open-ended Joint projects: 43 Exchange quota: 60 man-weeks10 weeksBilaterally signed project proposals submitted to both organizations
RussiaRussian Academy of Sciences (RAS)Agreement signed: 1958 Last updated: 2012 Agreement on cooperation in the field of fundamental space research Exchange quota: 35 man-weeks Projects: 35
SlovakiaSlovak Academy of SciencesAgreement signed: 1994 Last updated: 2018 Validity: 3 years Joint projects: Exchange quota: 14 man-weeks1 month for young scientistsBilaterally signed projects, on invitation for the free quota
SloveniaSlovenian Academy of Sciences and ArtsAgreement signed: 2007 Validity: open-ended Joint projects: 2 Exchange quota: 6 man-weeksNo free quota (projects only)Bilaterally signed project proposals submitted to both organizations
SerbiaSerbian Academy of Sciences and ArtsAgreement signed: 1998 Last updated: 2007 Validity: open-ended Joint projects: 19 Exchange quota: 35 man-weeksNo free quota (projects only)Bilaterally signed project proposals submitted to both organizations
TurkeyScientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK)Agreement signed: 2002 Validity: open-ended Joint projects: 4 Exchange quota: individual for each projectNo free quota (projects only)Bilaterally signed project proposals submitted to both parties
TurkeyTurkish Academy of Sciences (TUBA)Agreement signed: 2003 Validity: open-ended Joint projects: none Exchange quota: 6 man-monthsVisits of Bulgarian scientists: on invitation by a Turkish partner
UkraineThe National Academy of Sciences of UkraineAgreement signed: 1996 Last updated: 2016 Validity: 3 years Joint projects: 4 Exchange quota: 30 man-weeksBilaterally signed project proposals submitted to both organizations
UkraineKharkov National UniversityAgreement signed: 2006 Last updated: 2017 Validity: 5 years Joint projects: none No exchange quotaBilaterally signed project proposals submitted to both organizations
HungaryHungarian Academy of SciencesAgreement signed: 1995 (1958) Last updated: 2016 Validity: 3 years Joint projects: 14 Exchange quota: individual for each projectabout 3 weeksBilaterally signed project proposals submitted to both organizations; invitation for the free quota
FranceThe National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS)Agreement signed: 1965 Last updated: forthcoming Validity: 4 years Joint projects: 1 No exchange quotaNo free quotaBilaterally signed project proposals submitted to both organizations every two years
CroatiaCroatian Academy of Sciences and ArtsAgreement signed: 1997 Last updated: 2007 Validity: open-ended Joint projects: 2 Exchange quota: 8 man-weeksNo free quota (projects only)Bilaterally signed project proposals submitted to both organizations
MontenegroMontenegrin Academy of Sciences and ArtsAgreement signed: 2003 Last updated: 2006 Validity: open-ended Joint projects: 2 Exchange quota: 3 man-weeksAvailability of financial resources, invitation
Czech RepublicAcademy of Sciences of the Czech RepublicAgreement signed: 1993 Last updated: 2017 Validity: 3 years Joint projects: 16 Exchange quota: individual for each project2 weeksBilaterally signed projects, invitation for the free quota
SwedenRoyal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and AntiquitiesAgreement signed: 2000 Validity: open-ended Joint projects: 1 Exchange quota: 8 man-weeksNo free quota (projects only)Bilaterally signed project proposals submitted to both organizations
AzerbaijanAzerbaijan National Academy of SciencesAgreement signed: 2011 Updated: 2017 Validity: 3 years Joint projects: 6 Exchange quota: 15 man-daysNo free quota (projects only)Bilaterally signed projects
EgyptAcademy of Scientific Research and Technology of the Arab Republic of EgyptAgreement signed: 1991 Last updated: 2016 Validity: 3 years Joint projects: 13 Exchange quota: 12,5 man-weeksNo free quota (projects only)Bilaterally signed projects
IsraelThe Israel Academy of Sciences and HumanitiesAgreement signed: 1995 Validity: open-ended Joint projects: 4 Exchange quota: 9 man-weeksif there is unused quota from the total exchange quotaBilaterally signed projects, invitation for the free quota
IsraelBen Gurion University of the NegevAgreement signed: 1995 Validity: open-ended Joint projects: 1 Exchange quota: individual for a given projectNo free quota (projects only)Bilaterally signed projects
ChinaThe Chinese Academy of Social SciencesAgreement signed: 2000 Validity: open-ended Joint projects: 2 Exchange quota: 10 man-weeksif available, within the total exchange quotaBilaterally signed project proposals submitted to both organizations
ChinaThe Chinese Academy of SciencesAgreement signed: 1986 Last updated: 2002 Validity: open-ended Joint projects: none Exchange quota: 10 man-weeksNo free quota (projects only)Bilaterally signed project proposals submitted to both organizations
Republic of KoreaKorea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST)Agreement signed: 2012 Validity: automatic renewal every 5 years Joint projects: noneNo free quota (projects only)
MongoliaThe Mongolian Academy of SciencesAgreement signed: 1968 Joint projects: none Exchange quota: noBilaterally signed project proposals submitted to both organizations
TaiwanThe National Science Council of TaiwanAgreement signed: 2001 Validity: open-ended Joint projects: 1 Exchange quota: noNo free quota (projects only)Bilaterally signed project proposals submitted to both organizations
JapanThe University of TokyoAgreement signed: 2006 Last updated: 2012 Validity: 3 years Joint projects: none Exchange quota: noBilaterally signed project proposals or proposals for bilateral workshops submitted to both organizations
JapanScience Council of Japan (SCJ)Agrement signed: 2012 Validity: 5 years Exchange quota: no

International programs

Programs that have ended

  • 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development of EU (FP7)

  • 6th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development of EU (FP6)

  • 5th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development of EU (FP5)

  • Participation of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences in building the European Research Area

Membership in international organizations

The Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, directly or through its units, is a representative of Bulgaria in intergovernmental organizations which bring together politicians, researchers and public figures working to solve global problems.
The Academy is a member of a number of non-governmental organizations
focused on specific research areas that unite leading science centers around the world .

News

BAS awarded the “Prof. Marko Semov” prize for a strong presence in the spiritual life of the nation

Thursday, 11 July 2019|Comments Off on BAS awarded the “Prof. Marko Semov” prize for a strong presence in the spiritual life of the nation

President Rumen Radev awarded the “Prof. Marko Semov” prize on the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences for its bright presence in the spiritual life of the nation and on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of [...]

The President of BAS, Academician Julian Revalski, met with a delegation from the Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China

Friday, 28 June 2019|Comments Off on The President of BAS, Academician Julian Revalski, met with a delegation from the Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China

The President of BAS, Acad. Julian Revalski, the Vice-President, corr.-mem. Kostadin Ganev and the Scientific Secretaries Prof. Sevdalina Dimitrova and Prof. Kristalina Stoykova met with a delegation from the Institute of Scientific and Technical Information [...]

Academician Julian Revalski, President of BAS, visited the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna, Russia

Thursday, 6 June 2019|Comments Off on Academician Julian Revalski, President of BAS, visited the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna, Russia

The President of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences Prof. Julian Revalski, Full Member of BAS, accompanied by Professor Evdokia Pasheva, Scientific Secretary-General of the Academy and Professor Sevdalina Dimitrova, Scientific Secretary of division “Energy Resources [...]

ALLEA General Assembly 2019

Friday, 17 May 2019|Comments Off on ALLEA General Assembly 2019

The anniversary General Assembly of ALLEA, the European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities, was held in Bern, Switzerland from 8 to 10 May 2019. The event celebrated the 25th anniversary of the organization. [...]

The Scientific Secretary-General of BAS Prof. Evdokia Pasheva participated in a meeting of the Executive Board of the European Science Foundation (ESF)

Wednesday, 15 May 2019|Comments Off on The Scientific Secretary-General of BAS Prof. Evdokia Pasheva participated in a meeting of the Executive Board of the European Science Foundation (ESF)

The Scientific Secretary-General of BAS, Prof. Evdokia Pasheva, participated in a meeting of the Executive Board of the European Science Foundation (ESF) on 9 May in Rome, Italy. On May 9 and 10, Prof. Pasheva [...]