News of the Office
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 NRDI 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
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
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
The NRDI Office has provided approximately HUF 135 million (over EUR 435 thousand) grant to cutting-edge research projects in the fields of mathematics, neuroscience and biology, which received excellent rating from the international evaluation panels but were ultimately not awarded due to lack of funds in the programmes announced by the European Research Council (ERC) for highly outstanding research projects.
May 27, 2016
Stairway to Excellence
Financed from the Structural Funds, the R&D programmes for capacity building provide an excellent opportunity for domestic stakeholders to join internationally competitive projects within the framework of the Horizon 2020 programme – this was one of the conclusions at the “Stairway to Excellence” (S2E) conference held on 24 May in Budapest, organised by the National Research, Development and Innovation Office in cooperation with the European Commission.
May 26, 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

An information day on PPPs in the field of research will be held 14 October 2016 in Brussels. The aim of the event is to give the research community an overview of ongoing activities in the following PPPs : Factories of the Future, Energy-efficient Buildings, Sustainable Process Industry and European Green Vehicles Initiative. Support will be given for the preparation of proposals for the 2017 calls. 

The event will be web streamed and recorded.

The information day addresses potential applicants to the Horizon 2020 ”Smart, green and integrated transport” calls for project proposals under the 2016-2017 Work programme. Presentations will cover the various topics open for submission and the application procedure, as well as provide detailed information on the calls. The event will take place 28 September 2016 in Brussels.
The report released within the framework of the Science Europe  (SE) Roadmap presents the results of a survey of member organisations, undertaken in 2014 by the Working Group on Research Integrity. The aim of the survey was to map existing policies, procedures and practices for promoting research integrity and preventing and sanctioning misconduct, in the context of the member orgainisations’ activities.
"Scientific Excellence" is widely acknowledged as the most important of the identified pre-conditions to Long-term Sustainability, which is then followed in relevance by the “Funding the construction and operation of RI".
The guide provides an overview of Horizon 2020 and outlines the process from idea to project step by step.
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