Since its inception in 2003, the BAIT Foundation has been active in the development and promotion of projects related to the high-tech areas of the economy, the integration of modern scientific approaches and technologies in Bulgarian medicine, improving the quality and safety of life and drastically reducing pollution to sustainable levels in a national and international context.

Over the years, BAIT has strengthened its position as an innovator in the field of scientific, applied research, in the areas of civic participation in support of science and innovation policies, innovation and business support. The Foundation seeks to find solutions to some of the current problems facing society in Bulgaria and Europe. Caring for the environment and promoting eco-innovation, promoting and supporting meaningful research and innovation has become our cause.

Horizon 2020 is the largest ever EU Framework Program for Research and Innovation, aiming to support new, creative ideas, research projects, educational activities and smart policies.

1. Horizon 2020 -EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation

Horizon 2020 is the largest ever EU Framework Program for Research and Innovation, aiming to support new, creative ideas, research projects, educational activities and smart policies.

Funding is focused on the three main pillars of Horizon 2020:

  • Excellence in science: About € 3 billion, including € 1.7 billion in grants from the European Research Council for leading scientists and € 800 million in scholarships for young researchers Maria Skłodowska-Curie.
  • Industry leadership: € 1.8 billion to support European industry leadership in areas such as ICT, nanotechnology, advanced manufacturing technologies, robotics, biotechnology and space.
  • Community challenges: € 2.8 billion for innovative projects in response to the seven public challenges in Horizon 2020 – in general: health; agriculture, maritime affairs and bioeconomy; energy; transport; climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials; thinking societies; security.

2. Europe 2020: A Strategy for SmartSustainable and Inclusive Growth

The aim of the Europe 2020 strategy is to ensure that the economic recovery of the European Union (EU) after the economic and financial crisis is supported by a series of reforms to build solid foundations for growth and jobs by 2020. The strategy addresses the structural weaknesses of the EU economy and economic and social problems, taking into account the longer-term challenges of globalization, the scarcity of resources and the aging of the population.


  • The Europe 2020 strategy should enable the EU to achieve growth that is:

– Intelligent – through the development of knowledge and innovation;

– Sustainable – based on a greener and more competitive economy with more efficient use of resources;

– Inclusive – aimed at promoting employment and social and territorial cohesion.

  • The European Union has set itself five major goals for achieving this ambitious vision by 2020:

– Increasing the employment rate of the population aged 20-64. up to 75%;

– Investing 3% of GDP in research and development;

– Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 20%; increasing the share of renewable energies by up to 20%; and increasing energy efficiency by 20%;

– Reducing the proportion of early school leavers to less than 10% and increasing the proportion of graduates to at least 40%;

– Reducing the number of at-risk-of-poverty or social exclusion by 20 million.

3. Digital Europe Programme

The EU is launching a new funding program, Digital Europe, which will launch in 2021 in order to support the digital transformation of European societies and economies. The Digital Europe program will provide funding for projects in five areas: supercomputers, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, cutting-edge digital skills, as well as ensuring the widespread use of digital in the economy and society.

Funding for high-performance computing technology projects will benefit areas such as health, vehicle safety and renewable energy. With the support of the EU, public authorities and even the smallest businesses will have better access to artificial intelligence-based testing facilities that will facilitate the greater use of artificial intelligence. Funding will also be provided for cyber security and cyber defense equipment at the state of the art.

4. Digital Single Market Strategy for Europe

The European Commission has prioritized the creation of a digital single market by removing barriers for citizens and businesses. The Digital Single Market Strategy is based on three pillars:

1. Facilitate consumer and business access to digital goods and services across Europe.

2. Creating appropriate conditions for the flourishing of digital networks and services.

3. Maximize the growth potential of the digital economy.

5. European Innovation Partnership “Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability” EIP-AGRI

The agricultural European Innovation Partnership (EIP-AGRI) works to foster competitive and sustainable farming and forestry that ‘achieves more and better from less’. It contributes to ensuring a steady supply of food, feed and biomaterials, developing its work in harmony with the essential natural resources on which farming depends.EIP-AGRI promotes and supports the “interactive innovation approach” whereby innovation is initiated by their end-users and innovative ideas become practical applications through interaction between partners, knowledge sharing and effective mediation and dissemination of knowledge and information.