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February 23, 2018
The Presidents of the National Research, Development and Innovation Office (NRDI Office) and the Hungarian Central Statistical Office (HCSO) in their joint letter encourage institutions and businesses implementing research and development projects to provide statistical data in compliance with professional standards and in a credible manner.
February 15, 2018
Promising new opportunities may arise for Norwegian–Hungarian research cooperation in climate research, machine learning technologies and medicine, including cancer research, which will be the central topic of a two-day conference organised by the National NRDI Office and the Research Council of Norway (NRC) on 15-16 February in Budapest.
February 13, 2018
Swiss and Greek research groups are the first foreign users of the laser facility in Szeged where laser equipment is already operational. The experiments may lay the foundations for the development of new applications in medicine, biology and pharmaceutical sciences.
February 13, 2018
The National Research, Development and Innovation Office held an information day for researchers and developers interested in the call related to the Szeged laser centre (sub-programme “A” of the National Excellence Programme) on 30 January.
January 10, 2018

Focus on businesses and practical application

As in the past two years, substantial funds are available for businesses from the National Research, Development and Innovation Fund in 2018, totalling at HUF 30 billion (EUR 98 million). Two other funding schemes with a total budget of HUF 31 billion (EUR 101.5 million) aim to stimulate research-industry cooperation to ensure that research results end up in innovative marketable products and technologies in fields such as artificial intelligence, protein research and clean water.

January 10, 2018

Two out of four calls fostering discovery research targeting young researchers

Available resources support projects proposing the study of natural and social phenomena and establishing new methods and procedures as well as programmes to boost the scientific career of young researchers and to start international research projects.

January 05, 2018
Surpassing disbursements of in 2016, last year HUF 83.3 billion (EUR 273 million) in funding was disbursed from the National Research, Development and Innovation Fund to domestic businesses and research centres, and for international RDI cooperation projects and access to research infrastructures.
December 15, 2017
A recent report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) on ultrafast lasers recommends the European programme of Extreme Light Infrastructure (ELI), a pillar of which is based in Szeged, Hungary, to the attention of the US government as an example to learn from.
December 07, 2017
The Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE) call was announced on 22 November 2017. The NRDI Office organised an information event for the same day focusing on the novelties of the new MSCA work programme 2018-2020, including in particular the RISE sub-programme.
December 05, 2017
The future of the ELI super laser centre in Szeged, the largest research infrastructure in Hungary, was the central topic of the meeting in Brussels attended by József Pálinkás, President of the National Research, Development and Innovation Office.
November 30, 2017
Hungary’s position paper on the content and strategic directions of the next research, development and innovation framework programme (FP9) to be launched in 2021, prepared with the contribution of a dedicated expert group, was presented in Brussels by József Pálinkás, President of the National Research, Development and Innovation Office. The 2014–2020 framework programme of the EU with an original budget of EUR 80 billion is still running with hundreds of calls.
November 30, 2017
Two project proposals in neuroscience, one in mathematics and one in political history received the Consolidator Grant of the European Research Council (ERC). In winning this top European grant, Hungarian researcher Judit Makara was also helped by the “ERC Booster” funding scheme of the NRDI Office.
November 22, 2017
In a new research funding program, the National Research, Development and Innovation Office supports researchers achieving results of high international impact while working in Hungary and accumulating a scientific citation record within the top 5% in their discipline in two years of publication.
November 13, 2017
In the “Frontline” Research Excellence Programme elaborated and announced for the first time by the National Research, Development and Innovation Office, 12 research group leaders have won grants of HUF 150 million to 300 million (nearly EUR 0.5 to 1 million) each, of a total budget of HUF 3 billion, to be spent in the coming five years on creating or expanding their research group and implementing a promising discovery research project in Hungary.
November 06, 2017
Further calls are to be announced in the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme between 2018 and 2020 which are also expected to further inspire the already outstanding domestic RDI performance, the SME Instrument, the cutting-edge basic research calls of the European Research Council and the “Spreading Excellence” sub-programme.
October 31, 2017
As the agency responsible for renewing the national RDI strategy, which determines the domestic RDI vision, the NRDI Office collaborates with the competent ministries and the stakeholders of the domestic RDI system to assess, the domestic and international trends that have emerged since the adoption of the document in 2013, their impact on the implementation and further instruments to improve the competitiveness of RDI activities.
October 19, 2017
Upon the initiative of the National Research, Development and Innovation Office an expert group is taking part in the elaboration of the Hungarian position paper regarding the content and strategic orientations of the 9th Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (FP9) to be launched in 2021.
October 16, 2017

More comprehensive data on research, development and innovation (RDI) and information campaigns to raise the innovation-awareness of institutions and enterprises were both on the agenda of the meeting between Gabriella Vukovich, President of the Hungarian Central Statistical Office (HCSO) and József Pálinkás, President of the National Research, Development and Innovation Office (NRDI Office).

October 12, 2017

Hungary has significantly improved its position in the global competitiveness ranking of the World Economic Forum (WEF), one of the most prestigious economic rankings in the world. In the overall ranking Hungary has moved to 60 from 69, and in terms of innovation to 62 from 80. Data show improving trends in all main research, development and innovation areas. The report includes positive data relating to institutions involved in basic research, workers focusing on targeted development projects and businesses concentrating on innovation.

October 12, 2017
As another recent success of domestic SMEs, three Hungarian businesses were nominated among the top 48 projects in the Innovation Radar Prize 2017, one of the most prestigious innovation competitions of the European Commission. In the next two weeks a public vote will decide whether the Hungarian businesses make it to the final hosted by Budapest on 9 November.
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