The National Assessment and Roadmap for Research Infrastructures (NEKIFUT) program started in September 2008 with the following objectives:
The assessment of the existing domestic R&D research infrastructures’ most important characteristics and needs for development; the creation, maintenance and the publication on the Internet of an R&D, I research infrastructure database, ongoing maintenance and publication – the preparation and operation of a Hungarian register of research infrastructures;
- The design of an integrated national R&D infrastructure development strategy and program.
Results of the project (2008-2010):
- The Registry is operating.
- Documents underpinning the R&D, I Research Infrastructure Development Strategy reached completion (scientific trends relevant to the R&D infrastructure development strategy were revealed; the structure, the main content elements and the recommendations of the work group-reports were drafted; the structure and the main elements of the Managing Board's report were compiled)
The importance and the role of the program:
- A decision-making opportunity to join international, EU conform large research facilities;
- increases the level of utilization of large-scale facilities, enhance the competitiveness of domestic R&D infrastructure;
- increases the chance of obtaining EU R&D, I funds;
- ensures a more transparent and more efficient use of public funds;
- R&D infrastructure funding decisions are made through clear, transparent and predictable mechanisms;
- parallel developments could be prevented and fragmentation could be reduced by taking into account the long-term strategic interests and breakout options;
- R&D infrastructure development strategy would be an input to the National Innovation Strategy, the building of which is coordinated by the Ministry of National Economy (NGM);
- new R&D partnerships can develop;
- Hungarian participation in the EU Framework Program 2014-2020 could rely on an advanced R&D infrastructure strategy;
- could provide Hungary a leading role as a Sample Project.
Last modified: January 27, 2015