Newsletter of the National Research, Development and Innovation Office

2016/2

ESS

With the support of the NRDI Office Hungarian partners have been able to make a real breakthrough in the new model of Hungary’s engagement in international science and research infrastructures. More than two-thirds of the EUR 1.6 million annual membership fee of the European Spallation Source (ESS) currently under construction in Sweden will be returned to Hungarian suppliers who can provide competitive research and development services for the development. The multi-annual contracts signed so far already represent a “science export” from Hungary in value of EUR 4 million.

Two new calls for proposals were announced under the Competitive Central Hungary Operative Programme (VEKOP) to boost the research, development and innovation activities of businesses and to promote the development of an infrastructure that can be competitive in international cooperation schemes.

KFI célú uniós források
Témapályázatok

As of February 15, the NRDI Office published a call to invite researcher-initiated exploratory research projects, with funds of HUF 7 billion (exceeding EUR 22.5 million) in total, much over the budgets allocated for that purpose in the previous years. To enable more efficient use of the funds, several new terms have been introduced into the 2016 call for proposals aimed to encourage fundamental research.

A pre-peer review of the Hungarian RDI system acknowledges the efforts the country has been making to reform its system of RDI funding and urges for a closer cooperation among research institutes, the higher education sector and the business sector. The conclusions of the review were discussed by representatives from the government, universities, research institutes and innovative businesses at a meeting organized by the NRDI Office.

PrePeerReview
Amszterdam2016.01.27.

EU Ministers responsible for research and innovation meet regularly to discuss issues of European competitiveness and the associated joint tasks. This time – in the context of the Netherlands’ EU Presidency – the Competitiveness Council had a meeting in Amsterdam on January 27 where Hungary was represented by József Pálinkás, President of the NRDI Office. Special guest to the event was renowned technology pioneer and businessman Bill Gates who shared his thoughts with the ministers on the eve of the meeting.

Pálinkás József

At the end of last year a meeting took place between the heads of state and government of the V4 countries and Park Geun-hye, the President of South Korea. At the meeting the President stated that Far Eastern companies were already among the largest foreign investors of the Central European region and Seoul saw further opportunities for extending their economic cooperation. The balance of power is far from equal South Korea being a superpower in innovation. For years, South Korea has been spending 4.5 percent of its GDP on research and development (R&D) as a result of which the country is the world leader in R&D spending.

With participation of the NRDI Office, the second transnational joint call of the ERA-NET E-Rare-3 programme for consortial research projects has been launched. The call aims to fund multinational, collaborative research projects that address the topic of clinical research for new therapeutic uses of already existing molecules in rare diseases.

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Infect-ERA

With participation of the NRDI Office, the fourth transnational joint call of the ERA-NET Infect-ERA programme for consortial research projects has been launched. The call aims to fund multinational, collaborative research projects that address a specific topic of human infectious diseases research.

The overall objective of the expert group is to design and implement methodologies to identify and assess economic, social and environmental impacts of Horizon 2020 and past Framework Programmes (since FP5).

Experts
AAL call Information Day 2016

Financed jointly by the Member States, the Active and Assisted Living (AAL) programme aims to create better life conditions for the elderly through the use of infocommunications solutions. The topic of the 2016 call is: “Living well with dementia”. Possible applicants may participate in an info day on the details of this call as of March 8, in Brussels, where they can also seek partners to build a consortium.

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