The GATE project will build a Center of Excellence in Big Data as an independent institute at Sofia University, established by a decree of the Council of Ministers in early 2019. The aim of GATE is to develop research capacity and potential in Big Data and to form a sustainable critical mass of scientists by expanding the existing research network and establishing long-term agreements with leading global organizations.

GATE will build a stakeholder ecosystem by promoting effective collaboration between government, industry, academia and public organizations in the big data field and related technology areas. It is vital for GATE to build up elite staff by improving the quality of education, as well as motivating a new generation of young scientists who are able to apply science to the benefit of society.