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The Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS) is the most prominent national institution in security and defense-related research and technology development.

The Centre for National Security and Defense Research (CNSDR) was established in 2002 to facilitate security and defense research within the Academy. The Centre’s first line of activities are information collection and dissemination to the Academy’s institutes and research teams on end-user needs, NATO and EU programs, and opportunities for bilateral and multilateral cooperation.

To this end CNSDR maintains close contacts with all main end-users in the Republic of Bulgaria – the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Home Affairs, General Directorate “Civil Protection”, “G.S. Rakovski” Defense and Staff College, Academy of the Ministry of Interior and other security research actors. The Centre maintains a database of available research capabilities and technologies, and informs potential end-users and facilitates contacts and cooperation between researchers and end-users.In the period from 2003 to 2007 the Centre had been assigned to perform the role of Secretariat of the Scientific-Coordination Council at the Permanent Government Committee for Protection of the Population in Emergencies. CNSDR organises national competition for concepts and ideas for improving scientific support to security sector transformation and a Bi-annual National Emergency Management Conference. The Centre regularly publishes proceedings from these major scientific events. Since 2007 the Centre has been tasked to provide Bulgarian stakeholders with information for the Security theme under EU 7-th Framework programme (FP7). The Centre’s Director was а member of FP7 Security Programme Committee and an expert from the Centre served as National contact person (NCP) for FP7 Security theme. For years the Centre’s Director has served as National representative in NATO Scientific Committee.

Coordination activities and projects

In performing its coordination tasks the Centre participated as partner in two major FP7 coordination and support projects funded under the Security theme:

  • SEREN-1, a FP7 project under Grant agreement no.217937 with the European Commission in the period 2008-2009 which was coordinated by the French Atomic Energy Commission. The project’s main objective was to link the different National contact persons (NCPs) for FP7 Security theme, to enhance coordination in the network, and to improve the quality of the Security NCP service.
  • SEREN-2, a FP7 project under Grant agreement no.261814 with the European Commission in the period 2011-2013 which was coordinated by the Romanian Space Agency. The project’s main objective was further to enhance cooperation and networking between EU Member States’ National contact persons (NCPs) for FP7 Security theme. In these coordination projects CNSDR provided the Bulgarian contribution for defining the European security research landscape.

Closely related to coordination tasks are the Centre’s activities in technology transfer. In the period 2012-2014 the Centre for National Security and Defense Research in cooperation with the Space Research and Technology Institute established a specialized Aero-Space Technology Transfer Office for Crisis Management and Disaster Resilience within the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. The Technology Transfer Office is funded by the European Fund for Regional Development and aims at developing and deploying an innovative prototype for monitoring and protection of public health during disasters and crises with state-of-the-art technologies. The main objective is to achieve effective transfer of aero-space technologies to the market and to generate benefits for R&D organizations, civil society, for the public and business sectors.

Research activities and projects

The next main objective of the Centre is to carry out security research projects. The Centre’s most important defense and security research projects are, as follows:

  • Force Modernisation Study, conducted for the Ministry of Defense in 2002
  • A Study on the Restructuring of TEREM EAD (major Bulgarian state owned defence company), conducted for the Ministry of Defense and TEREM EAD in 2003
  • A Study on the Restructuring of TEREM EAD (major Bulgarian state owned defence company), conducted for the Ministry of Defense and TEREM EAD in 2003
  • White Paper on Civil Security, conducted for the Permanent Government Committee for Protection of the Population in Emergencies in 2004
  • Methodology for Planning of Critical Infrastructure Protection, conducted for the Permanent Government Committee for Protection of the Population in Emergencies in 2005
  • EU TACOM – 2006 Exercise for Terrorist Act Consequences Management, a project funded by Directorate-General “Environment” of the European Commission in 2006
  • Methodology for Critical Infrastructure Protection at Municipal Level – developed within the frameworks of a public tender for the Ministry of State Policy for Disasters and Accidents in 2007
  • Saber Guardian 2014 – an exercise of the US Army European Command which is organized with the cooperation of the Bulgarian Ministry of Defense at Novo Selo’s Joint Training Range in 2014. In this civil-military exercise the Centre for National Security and Defense Research will provide modeling and simulation tools and geo-information support.