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Bilateral relationships in science and technology (S&T)

Hungary has entered into science and technology (S&T) cooperation agreements with 36 countries at intergovernmental level and 10 countries at inter-institutional level, and the NRDI Office is responsible for executing the agreements.

Intergovernmental cooperation relationships in science and technology (S&T)

Interstate science and technology (S&T) cooperation strengthen the relationships between partner countries in the field of research, development and innovation and also support foreign policy efforts. The most important results of scientific research are increasingly achieved in the framework of international cooperation. Interstate S&T cooperation agreements promote networking, knowledge transfer and collaboration between researchers and innovation communities in the partner states. S&T agreements take the form of intergovernmental agreements qualifying as international treaties signed by the authorised representatives of the governments of the partner countries, and are executed by the ministries or government agencies responsible for RDI policy – in Hungary the competent agency is the NRDI Office. In addition to the intergovernmental agreements, there are also inter-institutional agreements which help the partner countries to consolidate their RDI relations through cooperation between their research and innovation agencies.

Most intergovernmental S&T agreement arrange for the establishment of joint committees made up of the members delegated by the partner countries’ competent institutions. The strategic directions of cooperation are determined at the regular meetings of the joint committee held in the partner countries on a rotating basis, where they also agree on the multi-annual work plans which define the foreseen specific instruments (e.g. the support of researcher exchange in a joint call or the organisation of workshops) as well as their time frame and financial sources. S&T attachés play a very important role in executing the intergovernmental S&T cooperation agreements and in strengthening bilateral relations. They are delegated to the most important partner countries and are responsible for collecting information about the host country’s RDI policy, promoting the delegating country’s scientific and technological achievements, fostering the relationship between the scientific and technological communities of the partner countries and supporting the start of the cooperation programmes. (link to the description of S&T attachés)

The objective of international S&T cooperation:

  • strengthen the development of Hungarian science and technology through international science and technology relationships;
  • consolidation of Hungary’s positions in international scientific life;
  • enhance the competitiveness of the innovative sectors of the Hungarian economy;
  • map and exploit the opportunities of Hungarian participation in large international projects with RDI content;
  • involve young researchers in the international relationships;
  • promote Hungarian participation in international centres of research excellence and programmes.

Cooperations are professionally coordinated by the Department of International Affairs of the NRDI Office.

Bilateral S&T cooperation agreements signed by Hungary

Hungary has entered into bilateral international science and technology agreement with the following countries and institutions:

Inter-institutional relationships:


The legal grounds of S&T cooperation


Azerbaijan


Agreement between the National Innovation Office (NIO), Budapest, Hungary and the National Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan, Baku, Azerbaijan in 2014


Ecuador


Hungarian–Ecuadorian bilateral inter-institutional S&T agreement


Belarus


Memorandum of understanding between the National Innovation Office, Budapest, Hungary and the National Science and Technology Commission, Minsk, Belarus on science, technology and innovation cooperation in 2013


Iran


Memorandum of understanding between the National Research, Development and Innovation Office, Budapest, Hungary and the Science and Technology Vice-Presidency of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Tehran on science and technology cooperation in 2016


Kazakhstan


Agreement between the National Innovation Office, Budapest, Hungary and the JSC National Science and Technology Holding “Parasat”, Astana, Republic of Kazakhstan in 2012


Republic of Korea


Agreement between the National Innovation Office of Hungary and the Korea Institute of Industrial Technology in 2014
Agreement between the National Innovation Office and the KDB Bank Europa Limited in 2014
Agreement between the National Innovation Office of Hungary and the Financial Services Commission (FSC) of Korea on cooperation in technological funding in 2014


Kuwait


Memorandum of understanding on inter-institutional S&T cooperation between the National Innovation Office (NIO) and the National Technology Enterprises Company of Kuwait in 2012


Morocco


Inter-institutional bilateral S&T cooperation agreement between the National Research and Technology Office of Hungary and the National Centre for Scientific and Technical Research (CNRST) of Morocco in 2009


Saudi Arabia


Inter-institutional S&T cooperation implementation programme between the National Innovation Office (NIO) and the King Abdulaziz City for Science & Technology (KACST) in 2014


Wallonia (Belgium)


Cooperation agreement between the National Research and Technology Office of Hungary, the General Commissioner for International Relations of Belgium’s French Community (CGRI), the International Relations Division of the Walloon Region (DRI) and the National Fund for Scientific Research (FNRS) in 2005


  

Hungary’s bilateral S&T cooperation partners

The international partner institutions actively involved in bilateral S&T cooperation with Hungary are listed below together with their websites.

Last modified: January 25, 2018
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