The main aim of DRUG-MOLECULE is to enhance the research conducted at Departments of Organic Chemistry and Biotechnology of the University of Chemical Technology and Metallurgy (UCTM) in Bulgaria through targeted twinning activities with two internationally-leading research institutions, namely the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT) and the Italian National Research Council (CNR).

In particular, the aim will be to stimulate excellence and innovation capacity at UCTM primarily in the field of medicinal chemistry and drug discovery. Twinning activities will include knowledge transfer and exchange of best practices between AIT/ CNR and UCTM. This project will entail significant benefits for all institutions involved in terms of enhancement of their Research and Innovation (R&I) capacity in science and technology and raising their staff's research profile.
The specific objective is: To enhance the quality of and increase the R&I output of the Department of Organic Chemistry (UCTM), through the enhancement of its scientific and technological capacity in the field of medicinal chemistry and drug discovery.
To this end, the focus will be in strengthening the capabilities of the Department of Organic Chemistry in terms of human (research) resources, knowhow and infrastructure towards achieving an excellence-driven research team and environment enabling top-class research work to take place in the particular field of research.
This objective will be achieved through specialized training, experts' visits, know-how exchange, targeted networking with experts in the field, infrastructure sharing and subsequent upgrading, close interaction with AIT and CNR for joint project implementation as well as co-supervision of early stage researchers(ESRs).
Quantified targets
Quantified targets by the end of the project/key performance indicators (impact compared to initial situation): at least 2 cosupervised (by AIT and/or CNR) PhD students; at least 30% increase of peer-review publications.