“Hungary needs smart innovation to be competitive, and that can be fuelled by world-class discovery research too. In order for the domestic basic research workshops to be internationally competitive it is crucial to have a sustainable and predictable system of public funding programmes which enables outstanding researchers to implement their scientific projects in Hungarian research centres,” József Pálinkás, President of the NRDI Office pointed out in relation to the announced calls.
The schemes of the competitive funding system introduced this year to promote discovery research help already successful research centres initiate new projects, allow additional support for young researchers to establish own research groups in addition to the postdoctoral fellowships programme developed in 2016, and facilitates domestic discovery research projects to move to the international stage. After last year’s growth the total budget available for researcher-initiated thematic applications has been increased by another HUF 1 billion to HUF 8 billion (EUR 26.3 million), which is completed by another HUF 1.5 billion (nearly EUR 5 million) in the framework of a similar scheme for young researchers and HUF 1 billion (EUR 3.3 million) for thematic applications involving international cooperation. The postdoctoral excellence programme has also been announced with a total budget of HUF 1.5 billion (nearly EUR 5 million), available for researchers under 40 years of age with a doctoral degree to cover wage-like costs and thus strengthen scientific workshops in Hungary.
Last year altogether 1145 researcher-initiated thematic project proposals were submitted to the NRDI Office, in four areas of scientific fields (Humanities and Social Sciences; Mathematical, Physical, Chemical and Engineering Sciences; Medical and Biological Sciences; Agricultural, Ecological and Earth Sciences). The willingness to apply for funding has increased since the past few years: the total demand for funds neared HUF 34 billion (EUR 111 million) which is a 42% increase compared to 2015, and 62% compared to 2014. The share of younger applicants has increased by nearly two and a half times, which added another reason for announcing a separate call targeted to young researchers this year.
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HIPAVILON Hungarian Intellectual Property Agency Nonprofit Ltd.
NaTE Association of Hungarian Women in Science
Bay Zoltán Nonprofit Ltd. for Applied Research
MTA Hungarian Academy of Sciences
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