News of the Office
Startup
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
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
Pálinkás József, London - 2016.10.25
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
V4
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
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 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
Hungarian news
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”.
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
International news
At its 'Spreading Excellence and Crossing the Innovation Divide' conference on 23 November, the European Commission presented an overview of the schemes to support countries of lower performance in research and innovation, in terms of their research excellence. Beside the significance of such funds the Committee’s commitment towards this matter is indicated also by the complex system of actions that ranges from financing new knowledge centres to facilitating structural reforms in these countries..
Countries of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) met for the fifth time since 2011: invited under the presidency of Slovakia, more than 700 professionals gathered to discuss the reinforcement of environmental efforts, knowledge-based society and competitiveness. In addition to nine EU member states, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Moldova and Ukraine also participated at ministerial level, while the European Commission was represented by Tibor Navracsics Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sports and by Maroš Šefčovič European Commissioner for Energy Union.
Preliminary information is communicated on the ERA_NET E-Rare-3 joint call foreseen to open on 5 December 2016. The aim of the E-Rare calls is to enable scientists in European countries to build an effective collaboration on a common interdisciplinary research project in rare diseases, based on complementarities and sharing of expertise, with a clear translational research approach, and also to realize the objectives of the International Rare Diseases Research Consortium (IRDiRC).
ICT projects within the Horizon 2020 programme frequently announce competitive calls to support the collaboration between knowledge centres and SMEs, the technology transfer, the exploitation of experimental infarstructures and the development of ICT-based ecosystems. The calls are published on the H2020 Participant Portal and/or the websites of the given projects/initiatives.
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.
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