Simeon Anguelov, Naum Yakimoff
The good relations of the Bulgarian science with the partners in Europe contributed to the decision of integrating Bulgaria into the European Union. The Bulgarian scientists were the first to learn the language of Brussels and to succeed in obtaining financing of projects, in this case via the Framework programmes. The Bulgarian Academy of Sciences is the national leader with one hundred forty projects in FP 6. However, the most important achievement was the recognition of eleven Centres of excellence, eight of which are units of the Academy. This is quite an asset for successful work with the new European instruments: the European Research Council and European Institute of Technology. The Bulgarian Academy of Sciences took the decision to award all the projects proposed by brilliant individuals and supported by some institutes who may be selected as successful at least at the first stage in the first call for proposals launched by ERC for Starting Independent Research Grants. This is to underline once again the importance of introducing highest quality criteria in assessing individual researchers and institutions in the country.