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Three Hungarian SMEs among top 48 innovators nominated for EU prize
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.

First announced by the European Commission in 2015, the competition aims to draw international attention to Europe’s top innovators with major future potential. The expert panel uses the “Innovation Radar” initiative (hence the name of the prize) to identify high potential SMEs which received funding under the H2020, the RDI framework programme of the European Union. The European Commission has selected the 48 best performers based on a complex methodology, and a public vote will decide which 20 innovators go forward to the final. This year three Hungarian SMEs have made it to the top 48: Gravity R&D Kutató, Fejlesztő és Szolgáltató Zrt, Femtonics Kutató és Fejlesztő Kft and Aeroglass. These businesses, along with the rest of the international selection, will pitch their projects to the jury at the ICT Proposers’ Day to be held in Budapest on 9 November 2017. Nominees are grouped into five categories, and only one winner will be selected from each category.

  • GruRec, a Gravity Zrt project has been nominated in the Best Young SME category. Their software offers new online content and services to users based on the content read or viewed by them earlier. The company has won approximately HUF 75 million (EUR 246.000) in funding from the NRDI Fund to realise various projects in recent years.
  • The project 3x3D by Femtonics Kft. offers a new visualisation technology for investigating the human brain and the neural network. The company has won HUF 631 million (EUR 2 million) in funding from domestic sources (including the NRDI Fund) for various projects in recent years. Three of the funded projects are still running.
  • Aeroglass is a pair of smart glasses developed for pilots. It visualises distant terrain, navigation points that are invisible to the eyes, important geo-information, human settlements, planned routes in the airspace, making navigation significantly easier and safer for the pilots.

The National Research, Development and Innovation Office encourages the members of the R&D community to vote online to the Hungarian innovative businesses here: https://ec.europa.eu/futurium/en/innovation-radar-prize

Each of the three projects was selected for funding under the Horizon 2020, the EU’s innovation framework programme. The NRDI Office regularly organises information events to update stakeholders on the H2020 calls for 2018–2019, with the first call to be announced in late October 2017. For dates and topics please refer to the Horizon 2020 Event Calendar at the NRDI Office’s website. The Network of National Contact Points, coordinated by the NRDI Office, can also contribute to the successful participation of domestic businesses in H2020 calls. NCPs support applicants in getting information about calls, finding consortium partners, managing projects and even by providing customised consultation in relation to the application procedure. In addition, increased participation is also facilitated by domestic funding schemes announced by the NRDI Office.

The Dedicated SME Instrument aims to support project implementation from the feasible innovative concept to the market without thematic restrictions. There is also a domestic call titled SME Instrument Assistance, financed from the National Research, Development and Innovation Fund, which is open to micro, small and medium businesses which were positively assessed by the international expert panel but were finally not selected for funding in the first stage of the H2020 Dedicated SME Instrument call.

In terms of funding awarded under the Horizon 2020 framework programme Hungary is ranked at the 19th place among participating EU Member States. By institution type, domestic businesses have the highest success rate: 34% of all H2020 sources received by Hungary were won by businesses, 33% by higher education institutions and 26% by research institutions.

Utolsó módosítás: October 17, 2017
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