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Incubator houses

Eight of the 44 project proposals received an endorsing RDI policy opinion from the National Research, Development and Innovation Office, which is a precondition when applying for the funds of HUF 5 billion (nearly EUR 16 million) under the “Innovation Ecosystem” (EDIOP-2.1.5-15) programme.

August 04, 2016
Competitiveness Council in Bratislava
European ministers for research, development and innovation discussed ways to improve the opportunities of young researchers and SMEs in the meeting of the Competitiveness Council held in Bratislava, on 19 July 2016. Hungary’s position was delivered by József Pálinkás, President of the NRDI Office.
August 01, 2016
Tudományos és Technológiai (TéT) konferencia
A new approach is being applied to bilateral scientific and technological programmes, the authentic interpretation of which will be a significant task for the specialised attachés working at the foreign representation offices of Hungary, said József Pálinkás at the Science and Technology (S&T) conference organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the NRDI Office on 12 July 2016. At the event key actors of the domestic RDI sector discussed the opportunities for strengthening international RDI relations with Science and Technology attachés.
July 21, 2016
RDI spending
The activity of the National  Research, Development and Innovation Office to boost domestic RDI may, in the long run, strengthen the positive trends and reverse the negative ones that are outlined by the preliminary figures recently published by the Central Statistical Office for 2015.
July 21, 2016
Vladimír Sucha
József Pálinkás, President of the National Research, Development and Innovation Office, received Vladimír Sucha, Director-General of the Joint Research Centre, in the NRDI Office on 24 June 2016.
July 01, 2016
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József Pálinkás, President of the NRDI Office requested partnership from the representatives of innovative enterprises and incubator houses at the Digital Factory’s forum on 20 June 2016. The partnership, which relies on mutual confidence, can only work if both incubator houses and the financer aim at long-term cooperation.
July 01, 2016
New funding opportunities – Postdoctoral researchers are 30% more willing to apply
Young researchers have more funding opportunities as a result of the substantially revamped funding system of postdoctoral research projects and fellowships, effected by the NRDI Office this year. In line with international best practice, the aim of changing the system was to better separate traditional fellowship programs, which provide wage-like funding, and the financing of research projects within the funding schemes for postdoctoral researchers.
June 30, 2016
H2020
The proper cost accounting of researcher wages for projects financed under the Horizon 2020 programme is a major challenge for Hungarian institutions, since regulations regarding the means used to top up salaries became more stringent than in the previous framework programmes.
June 22, 2016
Vállalati KFI
The call intends to support knowledge-intensive innovative businesses while developing novel marketable products, services and technologies with high intellectual added value. Entries by micro, small and medium sized enterprises as well as large companies are invited to compete for funds in the range of HUF 80 to 500 million (EUR 258 to 1612 thousand) to finance their research, development and innovation activities performed either individually or in consortia.
June 06, 2016
Open Access
Implementation of the Open Science Policy Platform by the European Commission to spread the idea of open science may give way to sharing the results of publicly funded research projects and a broader utilization of them. The topic was a key topic on the agenda of the Competitiveness Council meeting on 27 May in Brussels. Speakers included József Pálinkás, President of the NRDI Office who expressed Hungary’s position on the subject.
May 31, 2016
Hungarian news
An analysis and a comprehensive survey of the potential of Hungary's RDI system by independent experts have been going on for half a year. The latest stage of the process was the second country visit of the international experts between 18 and 20 April, 2016. As part of a series of consultations, experts met representatives from regional development agencies, employee representatives from chambers and scientific organizations, heads of private educational institutions, decision-makers of local and global enterprises, as well as PhD students and young researchers.
EU Education Commissioner Tibor Navracsics has established a panel to advise on reforms to the European Institute for Innovation and Technology (EIT), as he awaits the results of a special audit being carried out by the European Court of Auditors to assess if the Budapest-based body is, “a suitable vehicle to deliver innovation in the EU”.
The seventh World Science Forum will be held in Budapest from 4 to 7 November 2015. After the highly successful 2013 event in Rio de Janeiro the Forum will be hosted again by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in partnership with UNESCO, ICSU, AAAS, TWAS and EASAC. The main theme of the 2015 Forum will be "The Enabling Power of Science" reflecting on the way how science opens new paths for the improvement of human life, business innovation and policy making.
Source: sciforum.hu
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International news
As part of the H2020 work programme update, the European Commission has revised the Energy Calls for 2017. Potential applicants are invited to read the updated Energy Work Programme.
Ahead of the next cut-off deadline for Eurostars funding applications on 15 September 2016 at 20:00 CET, this webinar is organized to provide straightforward and comprehensive information to organisations wishing collaborate internationally in their field of innovation.
The Ministry of Science and Technology has invited applications for 'India-EU Research and Innovation 2016-17' under European Union Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement.
EU funding for farmers, scientists and other projects will be replaced by the Treasury after Brexit, Chancellor Philip Hammond has said.
The European Commission launched a "Common Exploitation Booster" pilot initiative providing four types of services:
  • Analysis of Exploitation Risks, to scout the route towards the market and better tackle risks;
  • Exploitation Strategy Seminar a joint working session to streamline the exploitation strategy and go to market action plan;
  • Business Plan Development to design a convincing and actionable plan for exploitation;
  • Brokerage and Pitching Event where partners present their results to peers, potential users and investors, in order to pave the way to follow-ups.
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