Journal of IMAB - Annual Proceeding (Scientific Papers)
Publisher: Peytchinski, Gospodin Iliev
ISSN: 1312 773X (Online)
Issue: 2013, vol. 19, book 4
Subject Collection: Oral and Dental Medicine
Pages: 336-339
DOI: 10.5272/jimab.2013194.336
Published online: 14 July 2013

J of IMAB 2013; 19(4):336-339
Svetoslav Garov1Corresponding Autor, Maria Dencheva2, Angelina Kisselova2.
1) Department of Health Policy and Management, Faculty of Public Health,
2) Department of Imaging and Oral Diagnostic, Faculty of Dental Medicine,
Medical University - Sofia, Bulgaria.

Introduction:  In Bulgaria there are five medical universities: in the cities of Sofia, Plovdiv, Varna, Pleven and Stara Zagora. Their main mission is training specialists in the fields of medicine and health care, increasing their qualification by means of postgraduate education and performing research activities. One of medical universities’ top priorities is encouraging research activities mainly aimed at preparation and implementation of research projects.
Aim: The purpose of our study is to examine the current status of research project activities    in Bulgarian medical universities.
Material and methods: In order to define the science competitions related to Bulgarian medical universities  we have applied a documentary and sociological approach.
Results: Research projects that Bulgarian medical universities can apply for are divided into two groups – national and international. The most significant international projects are European ones since Bulgaria is an EU member state and this allows us to participate in such projects.
Conclusion: Universities should strive for establishing even better conditions for encouraging application for research projects aimed at developing competent and experienced staff, even though the majority of them may not obtain approval for financing.
The changes in the situation regarding Bulgarian science require the implementation and development of more research staff motivated to improve their knowledge and skills in the relevant dynamically changing competition and project field.

Key words: Bulgarian medical universities, science competitions, research projects, EU member, research project financing.

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Garov S, Dencheva M, Kisselova A. Current status of research project activities in medical universities in Bulgaria. J of IMAB. 2013; 19(4):336-339. doi: 10.5272/jimab.2013194.336.

Correspondence to: Dr. Svetoslav Garov, Department of Health Policy and Management, Faculty of Public Health, Medical University - Sofia; 8, Bialo more str., 1527, Sofia, Bulgaria.

1. Bulgarian Science Fund,
2. Horizon 2020 - European Commission,
3. National Cost Coordination Office - Bulgaria,
4. Program - Prevention and control of HIF/AIDS, Ministry of Health,
5. Seventh Framework Program (FP7),

Received: 14 May 2013
Published online: 14 July 2013

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