BG16RFOP002-1.016 „Development of Innovation Clusters“

BG16RFOP002-1.016 „Development of Innovation Clusters

Questions and answers session under the procedure

/only in Bulgarian language/

Directorate General „European funds for competitiveness”, Managing authority of Operational Programme “Innovation and competitiveness” 2014-2020 invites those wishing to submit project proposals under Priority axis 1 „Technological development and innovation“, Investment priority 1.1 „Technological development and innovation“, by AANOUNCING A procedure for selection of projects:

BG16RFOP002-1.016 „Development of Innovation Clusters

The general objective of the procedure is stimulating the innovation activity of clusters through joint use of equipment, exchange of knowledge and experience, effective contribution for the transfer of knowledge, building of specific networks of companies, which are   interconnected but still competitors on the market, dissemination of information and cooperation between the enterprises and the other organization within the structure of the cluster.  

The applicable state/ de minimis aid regime is as following:

Under Component 1 the applicable regime is „de minimis“ aid, according to Regulation (EU) № 1407/2013 of the Commission of December 18, 2013.

Under Component 2 the applicable regime is „aid for innovation clusters“, according to Regulation (EU) № 651/2014.

The grant procedure is realized with the financial support of the European Union through the European regional development fund.

The total amount of the grant under the procedure is BGN 29 924 199 (€15 300 000).

Applicable under the procedure are the following activities:

1) Strengthening the innovation and research potential of the cluster and establishment of cooperation;   

2) Development of innovation clusters (incl. shared infrastructure and know-how).

The submission of project proposal under the present procedure is done entirely electronically by filling in a web-based application form and submitting the application form and the supporting documents through the „Е-application“ module of the Information system for management and monitoring of EU funds in Bulgaria 2020, only by using Qualified Electronic Signature (QES) at the following Internet address:

The deadline for submission of project proposals under the procedure is 4 pm on October 26, 2019.

The applicants may ask additional questions and request clarification regarding the Requirements for Application up to three weeks before the deadline for submission of project proposals. Additional questions Additional questions can only be asked via the e-mail shown below, clearly indicating the name of the project selection procedure:

E-mail address:

No questions answered by telephone will be provided. No individual responses to the questions asked by the candidates will be sent.

The full package of documents (Requirements for Application, Requirements for Implementation  and their Annexes /only in Bulgarian language/) in the Unified information system for management and monitoring of the EU Structural Instruments in Bulgaria (UMIS 2020):, on the website of the Operational programme:, as well as on the European structural and investment funds information portal: