Sofia University (SU) is the oldest and largest university in Bulgaria. Since its establishment has always played a very important role of the most prestigious educational and scientific hub in Bulgaria. SU is the most successful Bulgarian participant in EC FP7 Programme attracting more than 9 M Euro funding and the only Bulgarian university to feature in the QS World University Rankings 2016/17, in the 651-700 range (ranked 46th within the EECA QS University Rankings). Bulgarian University Rating System (BURS) 2015, ranks SU first in overall and especially in ICT. With regard to graduates' realization and the labour market, SU (through its Faculty of mathematics and Informatics - FMI) trains specialists with the highest average income among graduates in Bulgaria, as ICT graduates hold the leading position.
Within GATE SU mobilizes its strongest and most relevant groups:
Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics (FMI) is "the best Bulgarian faculty in ICT", according to BURS, and a regional leader in ICT education and research. FMI is admitting the most talented and ambitious students - national, EU and even world champions in ICT and mathematics and is the “best producer” of specialists in advanced technologies for Bulgarian industry. The faculty also demonstrates a solid research potential and has gained international recognition with more than 130 national and 40 EU Projects.
Faculty of Physics (FoP) is the leading institution in all fields of Physics including ICT-enhanced research and higher education in the country with 124 academic staff, including 90 full and associate professors and 28 PhD students. FoP has proved its expertise in quantum information, quantum computations and computational nanotechnology and nanoscience. FoP has been involved in 135 research projects, among which 22 EU funded. FoP has a long-term collaboration with leading research and educational organizations such as CERN (Geneva, Switzerland).
Scientific Research Department (SRD) is the department responsible for administration and support of the SU research and project activities on a contract basis. Annually, SRD administrates over 300 project contracts with a total value of about 5 M EUR. Projects are funded on a contract basis by the National Research Fund (60%), the EC Programmes (30%), and by the industry. Over 500 researchers, mainly from the academic staff of SU take part in these activities.
Technology Transfer Office (TTO) is a structure of SRD and acts as a mediator between the university research departments and industrial enterprises thus supporting the transfer of scientific knowledge and technology. At present, the SRD is a member of the Association of European Science & Technology Transfer Professionals and of the CERN TTOs Network.
Chalmers University of Technology (CHALMERS) is a leading European institution with extensive experience in research, education and innovation. Over the years, CHALMERS has participated in 580 Framework Programme projects (200 accepted projects in FP7) and has been the coordinator of 80 FP projects (40 in FP7). The annual EU funding for research is 15 M EUR. CHALMERS participates in GATE with Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) and Areas of Advance in ICT (AAI) and will also provide its powerful infrastructure.
CSE is strongly international, with about 70 faculty and 70 PhD students from about 30 countries. There is extensive national and international collaboration with academia and industry. Industrial collaborators include Volvo, Saab, Ericsson and RUAG Space, as well as many smaller ICT companies. SCE is currently running COEGSS CoE under Horizon 2020 with 8 leading EU research organisations.
AAI is organised as ecosystem of thematic platforms for long-term collaboration that target specific challenges, often directly relevant for industry and society, also offering common access to cutting-edge research infrastructures, as well as to several targeted centres. AAI supports exchange of expertise across disciplines, between students and teachers, and alongside partners from industry and society, thus mobilizing all aspects of operations and creating beneficial to all
Chalmers Industrial Technology (CIT) has the mission to support and stimulate the collaboration between industry and universities and to manage contract research and collaboration projects with industry on commercial terms. Since its founding in 1984, CIT’s track record includes commissions on five continents, activities in 49 countries and more than 1800 customers. Today, CIT has approximately 90 employees and a turnover of 11 M€/y.
CIT are managing a number of centres and programs in order to utilize research and new technologies. Swedish government agencies as Vinnova, Energimyndigheten and Formas are together with different EU-initiatives some of the stakeholders. CIT does not publish scientific articles, but is a purely institutes support and complement the Chalmers research.