News of the Office
Szonja Csuzdi, Head of Department of International Affairs of the NRDI Office delivered a presentation at a Budapest conference, on EU funds available also for Hungarian SMEs through direct applications. The event and the subsequent panel discussion were both covered by the Novum magazine aired on the M5 television channel.
March 29, 2017
The National Research, Development and Innovation Office has announced a new call for applications to encourage businesses operating in Hungary to involve Hungarian students studying in UK higher education institutions as summer interns, in their R&D and innovation activities.
March 21, 2017
Pálinkás József a magyar-francia tudományos együttműködésekről beszélt Párizsban
József Pálinkás held talks on scientific relationships and cooperation between research institutions in Paris.
March 16, 2017
With an aim to increase the international visibility of Hungarian scientific results the NRDI Office has announced a new call for proposals to promote researchers and research groups whose findings have major international impact.
February 14, 2017
Industry-researcher consortiums led by businesses in Central Hungary can apply for funding to implement digital production technology innovations, as well as agricultural innovation and biotechnology development programmes within the framework of a new competitiveness call which has a total budget of HUF 17 billion.
February 14, 2017
Fulop_Zsolt_megbizólevél átadása
As the fifth largest EU funded investment in the 2014–2020 programming period, the ELI laser research centre in Szeged is expected to run with full capacity in 2019, connected to two other laser research facilities in the Czech Republic and Romania. Zsolt Fülöp physicist is appointed envoy responsible for conducting the intergovernmental consultations on the organisation of the international consortium and the utilisation of the capacities of the ELI laser research facility in Szeged.
January 27, 2017
kutatási témapályázat
Calls with increased budgets and with new funding schemes better tailored to researchers’ career stages have been announced by the National Research, Development and Innovation Office to promote discovery research in Hungary . The total budget of calls for project proposals in the field of fundamental research has increased to HUF 12 billion (EUR 39 million) this year.
January 23, 2017
QuantumLeap 2017
Dr. Burton Lee, professor of the Stanford University, whose business training courses and startup programmes have greatly contributed to the creation of many businesses in the aerospace industry, visited Hungary and attended the Quantum Leap Conference on 13 January 2016.
January 23, 2017
Nearly HUF 3.2 billion (EUR 10.5 million) in the budget of the NRDI Office and the NRDI Fund is allocated to the costs of accessing foreign research infrastructures in 2016. The Office monitors the benefits from membership contributions to research infrastructures on an annual basis, by looking into the achievements versus expenditure in the specific R&D fields, so that the public benefits of such payments can be understood not only by the concerned stakeholders, but also the wider researcher community, society and decision-makers responsible for the funding of science.
January 23, 2017
Hungary has become member of another outstanding European research infrastructure, upon the signing of the ELIXIR Consortium Agreement by József Pálinkás, President of the National Research, Development and Innovation Office in Hungary.
January 20, 2017
Hungarian news
Sustainability, marketable ideas, own innovation funds, long-term budget planning. These are the pillars on which domestic businesses should build their applications for RDI funds, primarily because from 2020 the focus will shift from the current abundance of domestic sources to EU funds that can be won in international competition – said Zsolt Monszpart, Vice President for Innovation and General Affairs of the NRDI Office to at the EU Funds 2017 thematic conference. To make this trend clear to stakeholders, the NRDI Office invited to the conference the heads of some of the domestic businesses which successfully applied for funding under the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme. They gave an account of their experience at a round table discussion, explaining how their funded H2020 projects boosted their business and interconnected them to the global market.
The Vice President for Innovation and General Affairs of the NRDI Office made a presentation on the support of the innovative businesses in the Hungarian energy sector, the comprehensive system fostering R&D cooperation projects and opportunities of funding, at a conference organised by the Budapest Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
The grant agreements with the representatives of the 10 winning Horizon 2020 Teaming projects, including two led by Hungarian researchers, were ceremonially signed on 16 February 2017 in Brussels. The event was attended by József Pálinkás, President of the NRDI Office, the institution responsible for coordinating the successful application of the EPIC and HCEMMM projects aimed at creating Hungarian centres of excellence in the fields of production informatics and control and medical research.
This year 70 Central and Eastern European teams applied to participate in the international startup competition, and 16 of them teams made it to the pitch training in Budapest. Based on the votes of the professional jury 8 teams got selected to present their ideas on stage: 3 Hungarian, 2 Romanian, 1 Polish, 1 Austrian and 1 Latvian startup had the opportunity to enter the ring and fight, in front of the audience. Excellent ideas run for the award, such as an anti-counterfeiting technology by the Polish Innovalab, or a Smart City solution developed by 4SmartStreet from Latvia.
Creating and maintaining a truly smart city requires an innovative, coordinated approach which addresses the system as a whole, and results in a liveable environment for everyone; so it is not enough to organise urban development around a few attractive IT applications and smart solutions – József Pálinkás, President of the NRDI Office said in his keynote speech at the Smart City Hungary 2016 conference on 9 November 2016.
International news
Paris, 16 March 2017, Thursday (MTI) – France already backs Hungary but further efforts are necessary in the following period to make the entire Hungarian R&D sector and the ELI laser centre in Szeged a success story – said József Pálinkás, President of the National Research, Development and Innovation Office (NRDI Office) this Thursday after meeting the representatives of the French scientific community in Paris.
Post-communist central and eastern Europe still lags western Europe on the quality of its science and innovation outputs, according to six indicators collected by the European Commission. The gap may be persistent, but it does not appear to be widening. Investors are beginning to uncover more and more opportunities in CEE and east-west venture capital investment rates seem to be converging.
The projects "Danube-INCO.NET", "JPI Urban Europe" and "EXPAND" are organising a joint workshop aiming at widening the participation in the JPI Urban Europe, exchanging on urban challenges and to matching JPI Urban Europe with the national and regional funding strategies and priorities of Danube Region as well as EU-Widening countries on 24 March 2017.
Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, handed over a €1 million Horizon Prize for Better Use of Antibiotics, and Vytenis Andriukaitis, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, delivered the EU Health Award for NGOs fighting Antimicrobial Resistance, at an award ceremony hosted by the University of Leuven in Belgium.
The European Commission and the European Investment Fund (EIF) have started selecting promoters of one or more private-sector led, market-driven Pan-European Venture Capital Funds-of-Funds. 17 applications were submitted by the 31 January 2017 deadline
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