Euro-SDMX Metadata Structure (ESMS)
National Statistical Institute
|Contact organisation unit|
Science, Innovation and Information Society Department
|Contact person function|
Head of department
|Contact mail address|
2, P. Volov Str., 1038 Sofia, Bulgaria
|Contact email address|
|Contact phone number|
+359 2 9857 103
|Contact fax number|
|Metadata last certified||30 June 2022|
|Metadata last posted||30 June 2022|
|Metadata last update||30 June 2022|
The statistical survey on Government budget allocations for R&D (GBARD) provides internationally comparable information about government support to R&D activities.
Nomenclature for the analysis and comparison of scientific programmes and budgets (NABS 2007).
GBARD covers government-financed R&D performed not only in national teritory as well as abroad. Annual membership dues in the budget of international scientific organisations as well as payments from the budget related to the participation of Bulgaria in bilateral and multilateral research programs are also treated as government budget allocations for R&D.
|Statistical concepts and definitions|
The indicator Government budget allocations for R&D (GBARD) include both current costs and capital expenditure on R&D. According to the purpose of the R&D programme or project GBARD are distributed to the socio-economic objectives on the basis of the Nomenclature of analysis and comparison of scientific programs and budgets (NABS 2007).
Ministries and departments (R&D funding organizations).
The statistical survey on GBARD is exhaustive survey and covers all Ministries and departments - primary level spending credits for R&D.
From 2007 onwards.
|Unit of measure|
|Legal acts and other agreements|
· Regulation (EU) 2019/2152 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 November 2019 on European business statistics, repealing 10 legal acts in the field of business statistics;
· Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1197 of 30 July 2020 laying down technical specifications and arrangements pursuant to Regulation (EU) 2019/2152 of the European Parliament and of the Council on European business statistics repealing 10 legal acts in the field of business statistics.
· National Legal basis:
· Law on Statistics;
· National Statistical Programme.
|Confidentiality - policy|
· Law on Statistics;
· Regulation (EC) No 223/2009 on European statistics (recital 24 and Article 20(4)) of 11 March 2009 (OJ L 87, p. 164), stipulates the need to establish common principles and guidelines ensuring the confidentiality of data used for the production of European statistics and the access to those confidential data with due account for technical developments and the requirements of users in a democratic society.
|Confidentiality - data treatment|
The individual (primary) data are confidential according to the Law on Statistics and European legislation. To ensure their protection and inability to be identified, the aggregated indicators are also defined as confidential when the indicator is calculated from one or two enterprises or one enterprise formed more than 85% of the total value of this indicator.
The deadline for dissemination is specified in the Release Calendar presenting the results of the statistical surveys carried out by the National Statistical Institute.
|Release calendar access|
The calendar is available on the NSI website.
Data are published on the NSI website and on NSI information system INFOSTAT and are available to all users of statistical information.
|Frequency of dissemination|
|Accessibility and clarity|
Data are available for all users on the NSI website and on NSI information system INFOSTAT under the heading R&D, Innovation and Information Society
Micro data are neither distributed nor provided to the users.
Information service on request, according to the Rules for dissemination of statistical products and services of NSI.
|Documentation on methodology|
Methodological manual “Frascati” (Guidelines for Collecting and Reporting Data on Research and Experimental Development - Frascati Manual, OECD, 2015), adopted by Eurostat for statistical surveys on R&D.
Quality Report on GBARD statistics.
The statistical practices used to compile GBARD by socio-economic objectives data are in compliance with Frascati Manual recommendations.
Quality assessment is based on standard quality criteria - relevance, accuracy and reliability, timeliness, comparability and coherence.
Main users of GBARD data are ministries, research institutions and other users in the country, as well as Eurostat and other international organizations.
User satisfaction survey is not conducted.
In accordance with Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1197 the required data completeness is ensured for all variables.
|Accuracy and reliability|
The statistical data are of good accuracy and reliability.
The survey is exhaustive and there are no sampling errors.
|Timeliness and punctuality|
GBARD data are published 6 months after the end of reference period.
Deadlines for GBARD data delivery, specified in the Release Calendar, are strictly respected.
|Coherence and comparability|
|Comparability - geographical|
Data for Bulgaria are comparable with the data for the rest EU member states.
|Comparability - over time|
Data are comparable over time.
|Coherence - cross domain|
|Coherence - internal|
The difference between GBARD data and R&D expenditure financed by government is not significant.
|Cost and burden|
|Data revision - policy|
|Data revision - practice|
GBARD survey and budget text analisis.
|Frequency of data collection|
The survey on GBARD is exhaustive survey and covers all Ministries and departments which are primary level spending credits for R&D. Data are collected using a paper questionnaire and by e-mail.
Data validation is done through arithmetic and logic control of input data and comparison of the output data with the results of previous surveys and data from administrative sources.
The survey on GBARD is exhaustive survey and no estimates are made.