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PeerReview innovációdiskurzus
The NRDI Office welcomes opinions, comments, suggestions from the members of the research and development community and all who is concerned, addressed to peerreview.feedback@nkfih.gov.hu, in regards of the recommendations and conclusions of the Peer Review prepared by the independent experts invited by the EU.
September 22, 2016
Peer Review
The Peer Review of the Hungarian research and innovation system based on consultations with Hungarian stakeholders and prepared through a multistage process, was presented by the members of the independent panel of experts at three consecutive events to the representatives of the government, the press and the RDI community. Robert-Jan Smits, Director General of Research and Innovation of the European Commission also participated in the events where the conclusions and recommendations of the document were presented.
September 22, 2016
Peer Review of the Hungarian Research and Innovation system
The ongoing reform of the domestic research, development and innovation system is acknowledged by the independent experts who, in their recent report made upon the invitation of the EU, also pointed out: further real structural changes can bring benefits to the economy by exploiting Hungarian scientific excellence and the presence of innovative international companies and also by increasing public RDI expenditure in a sustainable way.
September 20, 2016
PROBIS

Addressed to managers of procurement on public construction, the NRDI Office organises a training session and an open forum on public procurement of innovative solutions in the sustainable building sector. The event that takes place on 28 September 2016 in the town of Szentendre, is part of the training activity within the European project PROBIS to promote bidding through innovative solutions aimed at increasing energy efficiency and sustainability of European public buildings.

September 19, 2016
Dr. Pálinkás József
All RDI target groups received substantial funds as a result of the decisions made in the first phase of the application process. Nearly HUF 200 billion (EUR 645 million) EU and Hungarian funds were awarded for research and development and innovation (RDI) in the first evaluation rounds under the calls for proposals announced last year and this year – said József Pálinkás, President of the National Research, Development and Innovation Office at a press talk held in the NRDI Office.
September 01, 2016
Vállalati KFI
The first submission stage of the call titled VÁLLALATI KFI_16 funded out of the National Research, Development and Innovation Fund was closed on 17 August 2016. The micro, small and medium-sized enterprises and large companies based in Budapest and Pest County are eligible for the HUF 21 billion (EUR 67 million) programme with independent research and development projects. The applicants of the first round applied for funds nearly three times over the total available budget.
August 29, 2016
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
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
The European Commission has proposed adding €400 million to the Horizon 2020 research programme as part of the mid-term review of EU’s seven-year budget for the period 2014-2020.
The 28 Members of the European Court of Auditors (ECA) elected Klaus-Heiner Lehne as President for a renewable three-year term.
As part of its update of EU copyright rules, the European Commission proposes a copyright exception that would permit researchers to analyse on a large scale scientific data to which they have lawful access.
In its statement, Science Europe expresses strong concern that the research funding budget be maximised in Horizon 2020.
As part of its Investment Plan for Europe, the Commission has presented a legal extension that would bring the initial three-year period (2015-2018) with a target of EUR 315 billion to at least half a trillion euro investments by 2020, the end of the current Multiannual Financial Framework.
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