Applied Research and Communications Fund (ARC Fund)
Main contact: Marko Hajdinjak
Established in 1991, ARC Fund is a leading Bulgarian non-governmental research institute, working to support the knowledge-based economy and research, development and innovation policy. ARC Fund conducts applied policy research and analysis, education and training, and various forms of liaison with governmental and non-governmental agencies (expert commentary, policy advice, and contribution to public debate, civil society capacity building and network development). ARC Fund has successfully managed and partnered in more than 100 projects supported under FP4, FP5, FP6, FP7 and CIP, Horizon 2020 and COSME, INTERREG IVC, South-East Europe, Interreg Danube and Interreg-Europe programmes, including two RRI-focused projects (RRI-Practice and TeRRItoria).
ARC Fund employs a total staff of 26 and has three thematic programmes: (i) Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Programme (STIPP); (ii) Safer Internet Centre; and (iii) Innovation and Business Support Programme.
ARC Fund will bring to the ETHNA System its experience in research and innovation project management and implementation, and good knowledge of RRI keys and AIRR dimensions. ARC Fund will lead the implementation of WP6 “Evaluation and Implementation Process”, and its team will be actively involved in the implementation of all other work packages.