Newsletter of the National Research, Development and Innovation Office


Get in the Ring

A boxing ring was set up in the aula of the Corvinus University of Budapest in the evening of November 26, 2015 to serve as an arena for eight selected startups to compete their ideas in pairs in the Hungarian final of the Get in the Ring global startup challenge. “I trust that these participants will soon be referred to as the members of the great Startup Generation, and the intense support from the fans here will help make it happen because community is the engine of an efficient startup ecosystem”, József Pálinkás, President of the NRDI Office said in his opening speech.


Open from November 25, 2015, the call provides national funding to support participation in jointly funded international cooperation programmes (AAL, ECSEL, EUROSTARS). The amount of the funding, allocated from the National Research, Development and Innovation Fund for the programme titled “Funding to Support Participation in Joint EU Initiatives" (NEMZ_15), and other terms and conditions of the call remain unchanged.

Közös finanszírozású nemzetközi együttműködésekben való részvétel
Smart Hungary

Representatives of world-leading scientific workshops, Nobel laureate researchers and decision-makers responsible for science policy and financing gathered together in Budapest as part of the World Science Forum in the first week of November to find answers to questions around the social responsibility of science. Co-organizing the international conference, the NRDI Office, a Government institution coordinating Hungary’s RDI policy and research financing, showcased some success stories from the evolution of Hungarian innovation to about 500 participants visiting Budapest’s Castle Garden Bazaar on November 6.


After ten years, OECD held a science, technology and innovation ministerial meeting in Daejeon, Republic of Korea. Hungary was represented by József Pálinkás, President of the NRDI Office, who proposed to elaborate a plan to make the publications of publicly funded research projects freely available to all. The declaration announced on the final day of the meeting outlined harmonised policies for the core fields of action of our common future, so as to stimulate a sustainable and inclusive growth.

Pálinkás József

The NRDI Office launches funding schemes to improve the competitiveness of the Hungarian economy and to drive successful research, development and innovation, József Pálinkás, President of the NRDI Office told MTI, Hungarian News Agency. While developing the funding schemes, the Office focuses on R&D and innovation expediency in terms of exploratory researches, targeted researches and innovative businesses alike, ensuring that the continuously opening R&D funds are really used for projects that result in competitivness-enhancing outcomes and not mixed with funding schemes with general economic development purposes for which funding is available from various other sources.


Ambassador of Slovakia to Budapest reckons that our countries not only have similar capabilities as neighbours, but show several coinciding aspects in our R&D strategies, therefore it is important to exchange experiences and strengthen our relations. On October 12, Rastislav Káčer had his first visit in the NRDI Office where President József Pálinkás gave him an overview on the goals and observations of the organisational restructuring launched late last year.

Rastislav Káčer - Szlovákia budapesti nagykövete
Latin-Amerika Fórum

Held in Budapest, the 2nd Hungary–Latin America Forum focused on political, business, scientific and academic aspects of strengthening cooperation between Hungary and the countries of Latin America. Delivering a welcome speech at the event, József Pálinkás, President of the National Research, Development and Innovation Office highlighted that, with its global impact, science plays a pioneering role in bolstering social and economic relationships, including the opening towards the countries of Latin America.


Calls for Interactive Training Networks (ITN) under Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions have been published by the European Commission. By inviting applicants to apply for ITN funding the European Commission aims to create, by providing diverse training opportunities, a new generation of young, creative, entrepreneurial and innovative early-stage researchers, able to face current and future challenges and to convert their knowledge and skills into products and services for economic and social benefit.


In order to promote the objectives of the European Research Area (ERA), the German counterpart of the National Research, Development and Innovation Office (the Federal Ministry of Education and Research) has launched the ERA Fellowship programme. The programme aims to build up capacities in key actors in the field of science management from EU13 science organisations. It shall also strengthen networking and cooperation between research organisations, research funding organisations and higher education institutions of the partner countries and the German host organisations.

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