News of the Office
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
Novum on innovation
Recommendations of the independent experts evaluating Hungary’s RDI systems were covered in a programme aired on the Duna Television. The Novum tv-magazine also interviews the Director General of research and innovation at the European Commission, the Chair of the expert panel and the President of the NRDI Office.
October 10, 2016
PROBIS szakmai fórum
The initiative also aims to strengthen innovative domestic enterprises
In connection to the EU initiative aimed at increasing the demand for innovative and sustainable building construction solutions and enhancing the successful participation of innovative SMEs in related public procurements, the National Research, Development and Innovation Office organised a professional forum in Szentendre, in the framework of its innovation services.
September 29, 2016
COST means an excellent opportunity for the Hungarian scientific community, especially for the young, said József Pálinkás, President of the NRDI Office at the ministerial meeting of the organisation on 22 September 2016 in Bratislava. Many have been given chances to extend their professional connections and exchange knowledge in science and technology. Just in 2015 alone, almost 500 Hungarian researchers participated in 235 COST actions, winning grants more than EUR 600,000 as opposed to the annual membership fee of EUR 6800.
September 27, 2016
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, 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

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
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.
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International news
The European Commission is inviting Europe's top innovators to join a High Level Group that will advise on the design of a potential European Innovation Council (EIC). The deadline for applications is 27 October 2016.
Director-general for research and innovation, Robert-Jan Smits has outlined plans for Framework Programme 9 at a Science|Business meeting on 12 October 2016.
A think-tank set up by the Austrian government calls for simpler rules, more robust evaluation, greater participation from non-EU researchers - and a guarantee that the FP9 budget will not be raided to fund other schemes.
On 28 September 2016 the budget committee of the European Parliament added an extra €4.13 billion on top of the European Commission's initial proposal on the draft 2017 budget. MEPs propose to fully restore the budgets of the Connecting Europe Facility and Horizon 2020. Both programmes had faced cuts as part of measures to help finance the EU guarantee for the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI).
The Nobel Prize in Chemistry for 2016 has been awarded jointly to Jean-Pierre Sauvage, Sir J. Fraser Stoddart and Bernard L. Feringa for the design of the world's smallest - molecular - machines.
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