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August 02, 2017
The Hungarian Central Statistical Office (KSH) has published preliminary statistics for 2016 on the key characteristics of domestic R&D activity: the amount of R&D expenditure and its percentage of the GDP, the expenditure split by source including private and public financing, as well as the number of R&D organisations and researcher headcounts.
July 26, 2017
Over 400 researchers and research projects won more than HUF 11.5 billion (EUR 37, 7 million) in funding in this year’s calls aimed at promoting discovery research announced by the National Research, Development and Innovation Office. In 2017 the NRDI Office announced its annual discovery research calls with an increased budget, introducing new funding schemes that are better adapted to researchers’ different career stages. This year 40% of the funds were awarded to researchers under 40 years of age.
July 18, 2017
Scientific research must be adapted to the innovation needs of industrial companies and businesses operating in Hungary – said József Pálinkás, President of the National Research, Development and Innovation Office (NRDI Office) to Hungarian News Agency MTI in relation to the recently published results of discovery research calls.
July 10, 2017
Spain shows interest in joining the international consortium formed to utilise the capacities of the ELI laser research centre in Szeged, Hungary, however, further negotiations are necessary before making any commitment on membership – József Pálinkás said to Hungarian news agency MTI on Friday, summing up the results of his three-day visit to Madrid.
July 05, 2017
Another 69 Hungarian R&D and innovation projects have won funding under the call of “R&D competitiveness and excellence cooperation programmes” within the Economic Development and Innovation Operational Programme (EDIOP/GINOP).
June 29, 2017
Cooperation opportunities with large American companies performing R&D activities in Hungary were also discussed when a delegation of 24 people from the US-Hungary Business Council (USHBC) met the President of the NRDI Office.
June 21, 2017
The Federal Government of Germany supports the forming of an international consortium to be organised for the utilisation of the ELI laser facility in Szeged, József Pálinkás, President of the National Research, Development and Innovation Office of Hungary stated in Berlin.
June 20, 2017
Over EUR 140 million in funding has been awarded to Hungarian institutions and businesses so far in Horizon 2020, the EU’s framework programme for research and innovation. On an event organised by the NRDI Office, József Pálinkás highlighted success rates, achievements and forthcoming actions within the H2020 programme, while previous winners and evaluating experts also shared their experience with potential applicants.
June 16, 2017
The “Frontline” excellence programme is open to researchers who belong to the forefront of international scientific life based on their achievements in the past ten years and who exert internationally renowned, outstanding scientific impact in their field of science. Surveys conducted by the NRDI Office show that presently approximately 120 to 150 researchers meet these requirements in the field of discovery research in Hungary.
June 16, 2017
The call for proposals to develop new, marketable products, services and technologies with significant added value, has been opened to businesses in Budapest and Pest county. In the first period of evaluation, 285 project proposals were submitted with funding requests amounting to HUF 67.5 billion (EUR 220 million).
May 30, 2017
HCEMM Non-profit Zrt. (HCEMM) is a future Hungarian Centre of Excellence for molecular medicine research, services and training. The centre will have its headquarters in Szeged (Hungary) with partner organisations in Debrecen, Budapest, and Szeged. HCEMM seeks an experienced, inspirational and dynamic leader to serve as its first Director General (DG)/CEO.
May 29, 2017
Three Central Hungarian incubator projects have been awarded domestic funds of approximately HUF 500 million (EUR 1.6 million) each from the National Research, Development and Innovation Fund. The aim of the “Innovation ecosystem” (ÖKO_16) call of the NRDI Office was to reinforce the environment fostering the establishment, mentoring and training of startup businesses.
May 25, 2017
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán opened a cutting-edge laser research facility in Szeged, unique in the world enabling advanced research into the interaction between light and matter at a higher than ever intensity. The second implementation phase of the centre serving research in medical as well as material sciences was funded from a grant of over HUF 40 billion (EUR 130 million), 85% of which was provided from the EU's European Regional Development Fund. Total sum of the investment is HUF 80 billion (EUR 260 million).
May 12, 2017
Excellent researchers who could make great careers anywhere in the world but decide to choose Hungary may receive funding HUF 50 to 60 million (EUR 165,000 to 195,000) per year – shared József Pálinkás in an interview with Portfolio.hu on the new research excellence funding programme.
May 08, 2017
Neuroscientist László Acsády, winner of an ERC Advanced Grant, the most prestigious grant of the European Research Council fostering discovery research, has set the objective to explore the so far virtually unknown links between the frontal lobe of the cerebral cortex – responsible for cognitive functions, movement coordination, speaking and in pathological cases also for epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease – and the thalamus.
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 11, 2017
The molecular diagnostics of tumour, inflammatory diseases and cardiovascular diseases highly endemic in Hungary, and the development of production and logistics systems essential for industrial operation will be the core focus areas of the two new domestic excellence centres which are among the ten winners in the “Teaming” action, the most prestigious one in the Widening pillar of the Horizon 2020 framework programme.
April 06, 2017
The research objective of academician László Pyber may also qualify as a milestone in classic and more recent branches of mathematics, such as computer science. The professor of the Alfréd Rényi Research Institute of Mathematics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences won an ERC Advanced Grant, one of the most prestigious grants of the European Research Council (ERC) supporting discovery research.
March 30, 2017
The large-scale innovation forum of the region has been organised for the second time in the Hungarian capital. At the strategic conference called think.BDPST, representatives of the economic, governmental, and scientific spheres discussed break-out points of the region in the fields of digital economy, the transformation of labour market, the education, healthcare, and pharmaceutics.
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