About the project

What the project does

The CAPBIO4BG project will strengthen the research & innovation capacity of the Agricultural University of Plovdiv (AUP) in the area of Bioeconomy to develop and implement research & innovation projects in bio-economy value chains at regional, national, cross-border and international scale.

The CAPBIO4BG project will enhance the capacity for multi-actor and multi-disciplinary collaboration in research & innovation as a key precondition for implementing regional strategies on bioeconomy in Bulgaria and AUP. The AUP will strengthen its position as an academic actor in the development of bio-economy initiatives, including in development of a bio-economy knowledge and innovation hub in the Plovdiv region. The project will promote a systemic and integrated approaches for acquiring research knowledge and innovation in the field of Bioeconomy and build the capacity of AUP as a regional knowledge centre on Bioeconomy.

Who are the project partners

The AUP is twinning with three European Universities with excellent track record on the Bioeconomy: University of Bologna, Wageningen University and Research (WUR) and University college of Dublin. The WUR and Bologna University are members of the European Bioeconomy Alliance (EBU), a network of Excellence devoted to enable a fast transition to a Bioeconomy and UCD is leading in Biobased JU initiatives.

What outcomes are to expected

  • CAPBIO4BG will boost the potential of the AUP and formulate the research agenda and profile for the AUP and its partners in the field of Bioeconomy. The focus will be on developing new research projects at the AUP with leading partners and networks in which the more advanced Universities are already involved (Bioeconomy networks, BIO-EAST, FOODFORCE, FACCE JPI etc.)
  • Developing Living labs and regional hubs on Bioeconomy will allow AUP to boost the research potential of its staff by engaging them in real showcases on Bioeconomy to link science-policy-stakeholders interactions.

CAPBIO4BG will allow strengthening the research profile of the AUP by developing specific ideas for participation in the Horizon Europe and the ERA.

What impacts are to be expected

  • Increased research excellence of the AUP the area of Bio-economy

By introducing the Capacity Building Framework (CBF) with specific measures to enhance the capacity of the research staff of the AUP and its performance indicators (publications, research projects, collaborations) in the field of Bioeconomy. The project will deliver more qualified research staff with dedicated team conducting Bio-economy research and contributing to the implementation of the Bioeconomy Strategy. The research team will be able to acquire the necessary resources for conducting the research activities within regional, national and European funding programmes. The increased competitiveness of the AUP will be one of the main impacts as a result of the project so that a larger socio-economic impact can be achieved at regional, national and cross border level. Moreover, the project will create favourable conditions for innovations in the field of Bioeconomy in order to promote circular and bio based societal spinoff.

  • Raised AUP scientific profile and attractiveness

At the national level, the project will provide access to institutions outside the AUP to stimulate collaboration with the three Leading Universities of CAPBIO4BG.

  • Enhanced capacity for successful national, EU and international acquisition of research funding.

The project will deliver trained research management staff at the AUP that will be able to support researchers in their research funding proposals and develop project ideas and manage larger research programmes with international partners. The advanced Universities can share best practice via staff exchanges, workshops and research manager network.

  • Impact within the AUP as coordinating institution

CAPBIO4BG will deliver tangible changes within the AUP that will ensure its capacity and readiness to initiate and implement excellent research in the field of Bioeconomy. These impact of these changes will be to ensure increase of future peer reviewed journals of the AUPs researchers, engagement in collaboration agreements with businesses in innovation projects (Living Labs and best practices), increase in intellectual property and new innovative services that will promote development of a Bio-economy sector in Bulgaria