Newsletter of the National Research, Development and Innovation Office


Calls for proposals

In 2015, a coherent portfolio of competitive calls was implemented by the NRDI Office to facilitate the purpose-oriented and value-creating use of RDI funds coming from European sources and the National Research, Development and Innovation Fund. The coordinated calls of the portfolio that is being extended through 2016, equally support scientific research projects, corporate development and the realisation of innovative ideas. The Government has already decided upon the 2016 Programme Strategy of the NRDI Fund to be accomplished from this year’s budget of 80 billion HUF (260 million EUR). The NRDI Office has presented its proposal for the 2016 annual budgets of calls to be announced under the European-financed GINOP and VEKOP programmes which will be decided upon by the Government within the approval process of the Annual Development Framework Programme.


think.BDPST has become the comprehensive forum for innovation in the Central European region. The conference provided an opportunity for the representatives of the business sector, the government and scientific life to discuss the key take-off points for the development policy of the Visegrad region, as well as opportunities for cooperation in the field of economic development, research financing and innovation policy.


As the next stage in the process of extensively analysing the RDI system of Hungary and finding new opportunities, an international group of independent experts visited Budapest between 24 and 26 February 2016. During the three-day peer review, the experts held talks with the representatives of government institutions, the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, higher education institutions and the private sector. Based on the evaluation of the firsthand information and the experience gained from the next peer review to take place in April, the group is going to prepare a detailed report by mid-2016.


Robert-Jan Smits, head of the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation at the European Commission held talks with Dr. József Pálinkás, president of the National Research, Development and Innovation Office (NRDI Office), Dr. Gábor Szabó, rector of the University of Szeged (SZTE), and researchers about the ongoing scientific programmes and development plans in Szeged, Southern Hungary.

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The joint website launched by the Research and Innovation Observatory (RIO) and the Horizon 2020 Policy Support Facility supports policy-making in Europe by providing practical information on research and innovation policies across the EU. It provides data and analyses at both national and EU level. The website offers quantitative and qualitative information by countries, including policy documents, reports, statistics and visualisations of key indicators.


The Directorate-General for Research and Innovation intends to establish a Commission Expert Group to provide advice about the development and implementation of open science policy in Europe. It is therefore calling for expressions of interest with a view to selecting members of the High-Level Advisory Group 'Open Science Policy Platform' (OSPP). The group will consist of 20-30 high-level representatives of the broad constituency of European (open) science stakeholders.

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