International news and events
May 15, 2017
Diplomats responsible for Central Europe delegated by the foreign ministries of Asian countries were informed about the common, recently concluded or ongoing RDI funding programmes by the President of the NRDI Office. Projects in Asian countries are expected to benefit from a total budget of HUF 1 billion (EUR 3,3 million) on the basis of 2016 and 2017 funding decisions in relation to the programmes facilitating bilateral scientific and technological cooperation.
May 08, 2017
Financing competitive salaries of researchers from Horizon 2020 grants is a serious challenge to publically financed research centres. In representation of the interests of domestic institutions and in cooperation with the other Member States concerned, the National Research, Development and Innovation Office has urged the European Commission to find a solution to this problem, and finally the accounting rules are now expected to be modified.
April 25, 2017
The Hungarian researcher community gains access to Europe’s leading biomolecular infrastructure and further training programmes as Hungary confirmed its intent to join in the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), thus becoming the 23rd full member state in the continent’s largest life science organisation.
April 24, 2017
In 2016, more than HUF 3 billion (EUR 10.5 million) was allocated by the NRDI Office to cover the costs of participation in large research infrastructures, including the investment of EUR 2.2 million for the ongoing project of the European X-Ray Free-Electron Laser Facility (European XFEL). Two Hungarian research teams at the Wigner Research Centre for Physics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences are eager to become one of the first users of the facility.
April 20, 2017
The AAL Call 2017 is now open for project proposals aimed at the innovative integration of existing ICT solutions or the development of new ones to support the ambient assisted living of the older adults. Representatives of the joint financed programme, from the European Commission and the participating countries including Hungary, held a two-day meeting on 9–10 April at the NRDI Office in Budapest, on the financial and coordination tasks of this year’s call and further directions of the programme.
March 30, 2017
In connection with Horizon 2020 calls, this year the NRDI Office organises more than 20 thematic information days and consultation events to facilitate the participation and success rate of domestic stakeholders in the competition for EU funds. At these events the experts of the NRDI Office provide information and practical advice, and they are also ready to answer questions arising throughout the application process. They also encourage sharing experience of others gained from previous applications, which are all useful and essential for a successful application in the competition for directly accessible European funds.
March 16, 2017
József Pálinkás held talks on scientific relationships and cooperation between research institutions in Paris.
February 16, 2017
Post-communist central and eastern Europe still lags western Europe on the quality of its science and innovation outputs, according to six indicators collected by the European Commission. The gap may be persistent, but it does not appear to be widening. Investors are beginning to uncover more and more opportunities in CEE and east-west venture capital investment rates seem to be converging.
February 16, 2017
The projects "Danube-INCO.NET", "JPI Urban Europe" and "EXPAND" are organising a joint workshop aiming at widening the participation in the JPI Urban Europe, exchanging on urban challenges and to matching JPI Urban Europe with the national and regional funding strategies and priorities of Danube Region as well as EU-Widening countries on 24 March 2017.
February 16, 2017
Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, handed over a €1 million Horizon Prize for Better Use of Antibiotics, and Vytenis Andriukaitis, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, delivered the EU Health Award for NGOs fighting Antimicrobial Resistance, at an award ceremony hosted by the University of Leuven in Belgium.
February 16, 2017
The European Commission and the European Investment Fund (EIF) have started selecting promoters of one or more private-sector led, market-driven Pan-European Venture Capital Funds-of-Funds. 17 applications were submitted by the 31 January 2017 deadline
February 16, 2017
Attracting more top global companies and boosting investment in defence are among the main avenues the European Commission could investigate as it lays the ground for a successor to Horizon 2020, according to a report examining ways of maximising the impact of EU research and innovation programmes.
February 16, 2017
Nuclear scientists have become the first to face up to the hard realities of what Brexit means for UK/EU research cooperation - and their future careers - following the announcement that Britain is to pull out of the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom) when it leaves the EU.
February 16, 2017
RIs are of utmost importance for Europe’s global competitiveness. Science Europe has published its contribution to the review of the positioning of Research Infrastructures (RIs) in Horizon 2020 and in future Framework Programmes.
February 16, 2017
Paul Nurse, geneticist who received the 2001 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine and Director of the UK’s Francis Crick Institute, will be joining the EU’s Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM) in March.
February 16, 2017
Space research and innovation will be funded through three avenues: first, through related Framework 9 pillars, as with Horizon 2020; second, by establishing a Joint Technology Initiative for space; and third, through the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) by creating a Knowledge and Innovation Community for space.
February 16, 2017
Research will support the modernisation and independence of Europe’s arms manufacturers, but the sensitive nature of the work means there will not be the usual oversight and scrutiny of the programme by experts or MEPs.
February 16, 2017
Commissioner Moedas’ plans for a European Innovation Council move a step forward with naming of 15 top investors and entrepreneurs to advise. The Commission said the new panel will advise on the effort targeting breakthrough innovation projects with the potential for scaling up, and also make recommendations for the future role of the EIC from 2021. The group will start meeting in March, and “feed into” another group planning the next Framework Programme for EU R&D.
February 16, 2017
The European Commission has published the European Research Area (ERA) Progress Report 2016 and Country Snapshots. The country report shows that Hungary is making progress towards achieving the ERA in areas related to access to and transfer of scientific knowledge and international cooperation, however, Hungary’s performance in priority on open labour market for researchers leaves significant room for improvement.
February 15, 2017
The Karlsruhe School of Optics & Photonics (KSOP) is offering a Master Program that bridges undergraduate optics classes with the in-depth knowledge essential for cutting-edge research. Scholarship programme is available for the best students.
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