Prof. Roumen Pankov, Dr. Habil.
Corresponding member of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences Vice-rector of Research and Project Affairs at Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski"
This Yearbook of Scientific Research Projects at Sofia University is the second edition after the Yearbook 2010-2011. It presents a part of the 245 projects completed in the last three years.
As in the previous years, project funding remained the main financial source supporting research. More than half of the research projects were funded by national programs, including the structural funds. About 15% of the projects received funding from EU programs and 30% were supported by industry - local and foreign companies.
By virtue of it and mostly owing to the enthusiasm and professional curiosity inherent to real researchers, our Alma Mater continued to be not only the most prestigious school of higher education in Bulgaria but also the most influential university research centre in our country. This fact has also been acknowledged by Elsevier, by awarding Sofia University with the SciVal Award 2015 "as the institution with the best competence in research".
I would like to express my sincere gratitude to my colleagues from the University Faculties and to the Scientific Research Centre, that provides excellent administrative, financial and information services to the research teams, and to emphasize that despite the depreciation of the public priorities relating to science and education in our country, we will continue to prove that Knowledge has no alternative.