News of the Office
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
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“We have to be careful while using valuable sources available for research, development and innovation to ensure that they really contribute to Hungary’s competitiveness,” explained József Pálinkás on the rigorous professional assessment process applied by the institution led by himself in his end-of-year interview given to Portfolio.
January 03, 2017
RDI support by the National Research, Development and Innovation Fund and its predecessors
The support of 276 million EUR (83 billion forints) in total was granted to research centres and undertakings submitting applications to the National Research, Development and Innovation Fund in 2016, a substantially larger amount than in the previous years.
December 31, 2016
OECD has recently published its Science, Technology and Innovation Outlook 2016 (STI Outlook 2016) which reports on the current trends and key issues of science, technology and innovation (STI), as well as their potential implications on the operation of the global economy, money markets, society and modern governments.
December 14, 2016
The “Innovation Ecosystem” (ÖKO_16) call, which aims to strengthen the environment promoting the foundation, mentoring and training of startup businesses, is now open for applicants from the Central Hungary region with existing or newly planned business incubators.
December 08, 2016
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The Hungarian Science Festival and his recent visit to London were both covered when József Pálinkás, President of the National Research, Development and Innovation Office and former President of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences between 2008 and 2014, answered the questions of the Origo news portal. He stated: the only way to improve Hungary’s competitiveness is to have more professionals and R&D experts being excellent on an international scale.
November 18, 2016
Teaming NKFIH sajtótájékoztató Pálinkás József

Hungary was the most successful country in the ”Teaming” research excellence programme, the most prestigious call of Horizon 2020 Widening programme. The two successful projects coordinated by the National Research, Development and Innovation Office consisting of excellent Hungarian and international partners have been awarded EUR 26 million (around HUF 8 billion).

November 14, 2016
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Multiple opportunities on scientific cooperation were discussed by József Pálinkás, President of the NRDI Office (NRDIO) with high-ranking officials of the British government and academia.
October 26, 2016
Clare College
London, 24 October 2016 ­– The President of NRDI Office delivered a public lecture on the RDI system in Hungary at the prestigious Clare College of the University of Cambridge. During his visit to London, meeting high ranking government officials and university leaders and in relation to the planned reform of research funding in the UK, Pálinkás also addresses the outcome of the integration of research funding in Hungary completed in 2015.
October 25, 2016
Joint utilisation of their research infrastructure capacities, consultation and cooperation in the planning phase of major investment projects – these issues were on the agenda of the meeting where the innovation, research and development funding agencies of the V4 countries met on 6 October 2016, in Brno.
October 17, 2016
Hungarian news
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.
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”.
International news
EMPIR Call 2017
January 12, 2017
EURAMET e.V. has launched a Call within the European Metrology Programme for Innovation and Research (EMPIR) addressing the topic areas ‘Metrology for Industry’, ‘Fundamental Metrology’, ‘Metrology Research for Pre- and Co-normative projects’ and ‘Research Potential'.
Science|Business has launched a special report summarising dozens of ideas gathered at its Brussels conference.
European Inventor Award 2017
January 12, 2017
The 12th edition of the European Inventor Award will be held on 15 June 2017 at the Arsenale di Venezia in Venice, Italy.
EASME gives some ideas on how to increase outreach and learn from successful EU-funded projects.
A second investigation, ordered by Education Commissioner Tibor Navracsics, confirms the need for fundamental reform of management and says EIT’s knowledge and innovation communities will require longer-term funding.
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