News of the Office
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
Pre-Peer Review 2016.01.21
A pre-peer review of the Hungarian RDI system acknowledges the efforts the country has been making to reform its system of RDI funding and urges for a closer cooperation among research institutes, the higher education sector and the business sector. The conclusions of the review were discussed by representatives from the government, universities, research institutes and innovative businesses at a meeting organized by the NRDI Office.
February 04, 2016
Two new calls for proposals were announced under the Competitive Central Hungary Operative Programme (VEKOP) to boost the research, development and innovation activities of businesses and to promote the development of an infrastructure that can be competitive in international cooperation schemes.
February 02, 2016
Anne Glover
Hungary needs to make changes to its science funding model in order to make the country competitive in the global arena, according to Scottish researcher Anne Glover who formerly was Chief Scientific Adviser to the President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso. Figyelő interviewed Professor Glover while she was visiting Budapest in her capacity as a member of the International Scientific Advisory Board of the National Research, Development and Innovation Office.
January 28, 2016
The NRDI Office helped Hungarian partners achieve a real breakthrough in a new model of joining international science and research infrastructures: more than two-thirds of the membership contribution, an annual EUR 1.6 million to be paid to the European Spallation Source (ESS) currently under construction in Sweden will be returned to Hungarian suppliers who are able to provide competitive research and development services for the project.
January 27, 2016
A brokerage event will take place on January 27–28, 2016 in Strasbourg, where potential applicants can learn more about the 2016 round of the “Electronic Components and Systems for European Leadership” (ECSEL) calls financed jointly by EU member states. In addition to obtaining information and having an insight in lessons learned from previous calls, attendees will have the opportunity to find consortium partners at the event.
January 18, 2016
National Research, Development and Innovation Office
The new call for proposals was designed to reinforce incubators that drive the launch of startups and to help innovative early-stage enterprises grow.
December 31, 2015
National Research, Development and Innovation Office
As part of the Economic Development and Innovation Operative Programmes, the National Research, Development and Innovation Office initiated the implementation of a new funding concept in Hungary in order to drive dynamic collaboration between businesses aiming to work on successful market-oriented development projects and academic institutions with excellent research potential.
December 29, 2015
Nemzetközi Tudományos Tanácsadó Testület
The International Scientific Advisory Board, a panel providing strategic proposals to support the work of the President of the NRDI Office, held its meeting on December 18, 2015. The session was attended by the presidents of the disciplinary councils evaluating research applications and also by members of the Innovation Board, a key player in decision-making on innovation applications. In the afternoon, the session was joined by leaders of major universities and research institutes.
December 22, 2015
National Research, Development and Innovation Office

This new call intends to drive commercialization of research results by providing predictable funding to SMEs for the development of technologies with high intellectual value. The call focuses on two development phases that are difficult to be financed from the market, specifically in-house prototype development by SMEs and the commercialization of the resulting innovative products, services and technologies. In addition, the funding will also help improve the competitiveness of SMEs while accelerating their innovation efforts.

December 03, 2015
Hungarian news
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.
Are you a university student or a young entrepreneur or ICT professional who is interested in the latest trends and innovations in the IT/ICT sector? Would you like to have a glimpse at the future of the IT/ICT world, and to get to know innovative technologies, products, services and applications? Do you have innovative ideas yourself, related to the IT/ICT sector, and you are looking for the perfect place to voice them? Do you want to get acquainted with representatives of big IT/ICT companies or promising start-ups? Or are you contemplating creating your own business, but do not know where to start?
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.
COST are delighted to host the Introduction to the COST Framework Programme, an information session exclusively dedicated to researchers, engineers and scholars of all scientific and technology fields working in Hungary, on 16 June 2015, at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (Hungary).
International news
The overall objective of the expert group is to design and implement methodologies to identify and assess economic, social and environmental impacts of Horizon 2020 and past Framework Programmes (since FP5).
The Active and Assisted Living (AAL) joint programme that aims to create better life conditions for the elderly through the use of infocommunications solutions, offers an info day and consortium building seminar about its next call as of March 8, in Brussels.
The event will be web-streamed, recorded and posted on the internet.
Experts interested in participating in this expert group should register on Participant Portal and send an e-mail to confirming his/her interest by 31 January 2016.
The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) is organising an Information Day for the 2016 Call for Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) Proposals.
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