Newsletter of the National Research, Development and Innovation Office


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This year, the number of applications submitted for funds available for promising researcher-initiated basic research projects has increased by 18% since 2015 and by 29% since 2014. The programme budget of HUF 7 billion, an amount significantly larger than in last year, was open to apply until 17 March for research project proposals in any field of science without thematic priorities.


The 2016 budget of the NRDI Office and Fund allocates a total of approximately HUF 3.3 billion (more than EUR 10.5 million) for covering membership fees in international RDI organisations and the costs of access to research infrastructure. The NRDI Office intends to monitor on an annual basis the benefits of membership in various organisations by looking at the achievements and expenditure in the specific R&D fields, and to ensure that the resulting public benefits are not only enjoyed by the beneficiaries but also by the wider researcher community, society and decision-makers competent in the funding of science.

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Pálinkás József

In the framework of the series of university incubation events supported by the NRDI Office, the first innovation workshop and competition of the Startup Campus took place in Győr, 16 March. In his welcome speech József Pálinkás, President of the NRDI Office, briefly outlined the funding schemes designed to stimulate the growth of the “great start-up generation”. The competition included presentations by eight university-based ideas from Győr and Mosonmagyaróvár, followed by a technical workshop where participants practiced the first steps of launching a startup business and team building. The programme series carries on with further events in Kecskemét and Debrecen.


József Pálinkás, President of the NRDI Office, visited the most prominent incubation centre in the Netherlands when participating in the Open Access conference held in the Hague on 21–22 March 2016. Elaborated by the NRDI Office, the new funding scheme of the recently launched Innovation Ecosystem programme aims to develop similarly successful startup communities throughout Hungary.

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The NRDI Office and the Hungarian National Trade House as co-organisers recommend the EUREKA Innovation Week held between 26-29 April in Stockholm, Sweden, with specific focus on Smart Cities with B2B meetings.


Commissioner Moedas launched the Call for Ideas at the Science|Business Annual Conference in Brussels. It is important that the design of the European Innovation Council is based on the best possible ideas and evidence from all interested parties (notably business, entrepreneurs, academia, national and regional authorities, representative bodies). The Commission is therefore seeking the views of stakeholders, including via the online Call for Ideas. An analysis of the responses will be published by June 2016 and feed into any possible proposals that the Commission will discuss with Member States and the European Parliament. The deadline for responses is 29 April 2016.

Carlos Moedas
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