News of the Office
The 2016 budget of the NRDI Office and Fund allocates a total of approximately HUF 3.3 billion (more than EUR 10.5 million) for covering membership fees in international RDI organisations and the costs of access to research infrastructure.
April 21, 2016
This year, the number of applications submitted for funds available for promising researcher-initiated basic research projects has increased by 18% since 2015 and by 29% since 2014. The programme budget of HUF 7 billion, an amount significantly larger than in last year, was open to apply until 17 March for research project proposals in any field of science without thematic priorities.
April 19, 2016
József Pálinkás, President of the NRDI Office, visited the most prominent incubation centre in the Netherlands when participating in the Open Access conference held in the Hague on 21–22 March 2016. Elaborated by the NRDI Office, the new funding scheme of the recently launched Innovation Ecosystem programme aims to develop similarly successful startup communities throughout Hungary.
April 18, 2016
Pálinkás József
In the framework of the series of university incubation events supported by the NRDI Office, the first innovation workshop and competition of the Startup Campus took place in Győr, 16 March. In his welcome speech József Pálinkás, President of the NRDI Office, briefly outlined the funding schemes designed to stimulate the growth of the “great start-up generation”. The programme series will carry on with further events in Kecskemét and Debrecen.
April 18, 2016
Call for proposals
In 2015, a coherent portfolio of competitive calls was implemented by the NRDI Office to facilitate the purpose-oriented and value-creating use of RDI funds coming from European sources and the National Research, Development and Innovation Fund.
March 22, 2016
PSF Peer Review
As the next stage in the process of extensively analysing the RDI system of Hungary and finding new opportunities, an international group of independent experts visited Budapest between 24 and 26 February 2016. During the three-day peer review, the experts held talks with the representatives of government institutions, the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, higher education institutions and the private sector.
March 21, 2016
Robert-Jan Smits
Robert-Jan Smits, head of the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation at the European Commission held talks with Dr. József Pálinkás, president of the National Research, Development and Innovation Office (NRDI Office), Dr. Gábor Szabó, rector of the University of Szeged (SZTE), and researchers about the ongoing scientific programmes and development plans in Szeged.
March 12, 2016
8 March 2016 – think.BDPST, the comprehensive forum for innovation in the Central European region started today. The conference provides an opportunity for the representatives of the business sector, the government and scientific life to discuss the key take-off points for the development policy of the Visegrad region, as well as opportunities for cooperation in the field of economic development, research financing and innovation policy.
March 12, 2016
National Research, Development and Innovation Office
As of February 15, the NRDI Office published a call to invite researcher-initiated exploratory research projects, with funds of HUF 7 billion (exceeding EUR 22.5 million) in total, much over the budgets allocated for that purpose in the previous years. To enable more efficient use of the funds, several new terms have been introduced into the 2016 call for proposals aimed to encourage fundamental research.
February 15, 2016
Versenyképességi Tanács ülés - 2016.01.27.
EU Ministers responsible for research and innovation meet regularly to discuss issues of European competitiveness and the associated joint tasks. This time – in the context of the Netherlands’ EU Presidency – the Competitiveness Council had a meeting in Amsterdam on January 27 where Hungary was represented by József Pálinkás, President of the NRDI Office.
February 04, 2016
Hungarian news
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.
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The successful event was organised between 14-18 September 2015, in Budapest by WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organisation) and JRC (Joint Research Centre) in collaboration with the National Research, Development and Innovation Office, the Hungarian Intellectual Property Office, the Semmelweis University and the University of Debrecen.
International news
The first meeting of the Hungarian-Belorussian Science, Technology & Innovation Joint Working Group (STI JWG) held on 19 April 2016 was a success. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in October 2013 provided a good base to launch the cooperation between the two countries in the field of science, technology and innovation (STI).
The EU’s Human Brain Project (HBP) has opened up six of its prototype computing platforms to scientists outside the project consortium for the first time.
The European Commission has recently published the Digital Futures Final Report, which outlines visions and policy challenges up to 2050.
The European Commission has recently published the current state of play of the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), as of March 2016. The European Investment Bank (EIB) estimates that by March 2016, the EFSI has triggered around €76 billion of investment in Europe.
The Commission has launched a public consultation to hear the views of entrepreneurs and start-ups, as well as all other stakeholders, on how to improve the environment for start-ups in the EU.
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