Technological Modernization Procedure: Call for Proposals

Application period: July 22 – September 21, 2022.

Total budget: BGN 260 million

Technological Modernization is the first measure launched under the National Recovery and Sustainability Plan and will be implemented by the General Directorate “European Competitiveness Funds” of the Ministry of Innovation and Growth of the Republic of Bulgaria.

The aim of this measure is to increase the efficiency of production processes, to achieve higher productivity, to reduce production costs and to optimize the production chain by providing grants to the Bulgarian SMEs.

The expected effect is to restore the economic potential of enterprises from the period before the COVID-19 pandemic and create conditions for the growth and development of enterprises through digitalization of production processes in order to expand or diversify the activity of SMEs.

Eligible candidates: Funds will be targeted at micro, small and medium-sized enterprises that should meet the following mandatory requirements:

1) To be legal entities or sole traders registered in accordance with the Commercial Act or the Cooperatives Act

2) To be registered no later than 31.12.2019

3) To have realized net sales revenue in total for the last three completed financial years (2019, 2020 and 2021) depending on the category of the candidate enterprise, as follows:

  • for micro enterprises >= BGN 210 thousand.
  • for small enterprises >= BGN 750 thousand.
  • for medium-sized enterprises >= BGN 3 million.

4) To have realized net sales revenue for the 2021 financial year, depending on the category of the candidate enterprise, as follows:

  • micro enterprise ≥ BGN 52,000
  • small enterprise ≥ BGN 187,000
  • medium enterprise ≥ BGN 750,000

5) To perform their main economic activity in one of the following sectors:

  • Sector C „Manufacturing“

C10 “Manufacture of food products”; C11 “Manufacture of beverages”; C13 ‘Manufacture of textiles and textile articles, except apparel’; C14 “Manufacture of wearing apparel”; C15 “Treatment of hides and skins; manufacture of footwear and other articles of hairless leather ‘; C16 “Manufacture of wood and of products of wood and cork, except furniture; manufacture of articles of straw and plaiting materials’; C17 “Manufacture of paper and paperboard and of articles of paper and paperboard”; C18 “Printing and reproduction of recorded media”; C19 “Manufacture of coke and refined petroleum products”; C20 “Manufacture of chemicals”; C21 “Manufacture of medicinal products and products”; R22 “Manufacture of rubber and plastic products”; R23 “Manufacture of other non-metallic mineral products”; C24 “Manufacture of basic metals”; C25 “Manufacture of fabricated metal products, except machinery and equipment”; C26 “Manufacture of computer and communication equipment, electronic and optical products”; C27 “Manufacture of electrical equipment” C28 “Manufacture of machinery and equipment, general and special purpose”; C29 “Manufacture of motor vehicles, trailers and semi-trailers”; C30 “Manufacture of motor vehicles, except automobiles”; C31 “Manufacture of furniture”; C32 “Manufacture not classified elsewhere “; C33 “Repair and installation of machinery and equipment”

  • Sector E “Waste Management and Recovery”

E38 “Collection and disposal of waste; material recycling’; E39 “Reclamation and other waste management services”

  • Sector J „Creation and dissemination of information and creative products; Telecommunications”

J58 “Publishing”; J59 “Film and television production, sound recording and music publishing”; J60 “Radio and television activities”; J61 Telecommunications; J62 “Information technology activities”; J63 “Information services”

  • Sector М „Professional activities and research“

M71 “Architectural and engineering activities”; M72 “Research and development”

Eligible costs:

  1. Purchase of machinery, facilities and equipment representing long-term tangible assets
  2. Costs for the purchase of software representing a long-term intangible asset, including:
  • costs for the acquisition of specialized software;
  • costs for acquiring ERP systems, CRM systems and/or MOM/MES systems – up to BGN 50,000.

Percentage of funding: up to 50%

Maximum amount of the grant:

  • For micro enterprises – BGN 180 thousand, but no more than 100% of the realized average annual net sales revenue for the three-year period 2019, 2020 and 2021.
  • For small enterprises – BGN 350 thousand, but no more than 60% of the realized average annual net sales revenue for the three-year period 2019, 2020 and 2021.
  • For medium-sized enterprises – BGN 700 thousand, but no more than 25% of the realized average annual net sales revenue for the three-year period 2019, 2020 and 2021.

Duration of the projects: up to 12 months

If you are interested to apply, contact our team of professionals to guide you through the application process.

KA1 Accreditation 2022: Submit your proposal by October 19th

A Call for Erasmus+ accreditation in the fields of vocational education and training (VET), school education and adult education is going to be published in the coming months.

Erasmus accreditation is a tool for organizations involved in education and training at different levels to open up to cross-border exchange and cooperation. Award of the Erasmus accreditation confirms that the applicant has set up a plan to implement high quality mobility activities as part of a wider effort to develop their organisation. Applicants can apply for an individual Erasmus accreditation for their organisation, or for an Erasmus accreditation for mobility consortium coordinators.

Successful applicants will gain simplified access to Key Action 1 funding opportunities in their respective field.

Eligible applicants include educational institutions, local and regional public authorities, coordination bodies and other organisations with a role in the field of VET, school and/or adult education.

The expected application deadline for Erasmus+ accreditation is October 19, 2022. More details are available in the Erasmus+ Programme Guide.

If you are interested to apply, contact our team to guide you through the application process.

European Social Fund+ Programme 2021-2027: Call for proposals

The European Commission has published a Call for proposals under the Employment and Social Innovation (“EaSI”) strand of the European Social Fund (ESF+) programme. 

With a budget of €10 million, the EC aims to support the realization of the European Pillar of Social Rights by funding 15 to 20 projects that develop and test integrated and inclusive social innovation approaches – in schools or training centres, at work or in local communities, or other relevant environments – to foster just green and digital transitions. A wide range of activities are eligible, including:

– identifying and addressing (re-/up-)skilling and (re-)training needs stemming from new, green or digital products, services or technologies;

– fostering social acceptance and/or behavioural changes for more sustainable business models, consumption patterns and/or modes of transport;

– developing sustainability pathways and transformation tools for social economy actors;

– developing tailor solutions to the particular contexts starting from general models, such as the City Doughnut or macro level climate adaptation solutions, to other, business or local environments;

– promoting the implementation of the EPSR principle 20. Essential services, including energy, mobility and digital communications, in the context of the green and digital transitions.

The foreseen results include: Greater uptake of new green and digital technologies; New trainings to endow European citizens to make the most out the green and digital transitions; Increase in social acceptance and ownership for fairer and more sustainable business models; Developed transformation tools for social economy actors; Engagement with local, regional, national authorities, as well as social partners and civil society at large to maximise the impact.

You can find more information on the EU Funding and Tenders Portal, or contact our team to guide you through the Call’s documentation and the application process.

European Vocational Skills Week 2022: 16-20 May 2022

The European Vocational Skills Week – the annual Week celebrating best practices in Vocational Education and Training (VET) – was held on 16-20 of May 2022. Launched in 2016, the initiative brings all stakeholders – VET organizations, teachers, trainers and students – together to showcase the benefits VET offers young people and adults alike. 

This year, the Week was focused on the theme of VET and the Green Transition. This theme is in line with the European Commission’s commitment to taking all the necessary steps to become carbon neutral by 2050 (known as the European Green Deal), including equipping people with the appropriate green skills. Within this Week, more than 800 events by local, regional, national organisations and other VET partners were held across Europe and online. The events organised by the European Commission included the flagship VET Excellence Awards. The awards were granted in several categories: Companies and learners awards; VET innovators awards; European funding for excellence in VET; and European Agencies awards. Among the winners were large companies and SMEs involved in apprenticeship; VET providers, researchers, and students; and consortia of organizations implementing EU-funded projects in the nexus of vocational education and the Green Transition.

You can find more details about the events held within the Week and the VET Excellence Awards winners on the European Commission’s website.

If you are active in the field of VET, stay tuned for updates about the European Vocational Skills Week 2023. You will have an opportunity to register your VET events on the Week’s website and benefit from EU-wide visibility and dissemination.