Newsletter of the National Research, Development and Innovation Office



Financed from the Structural Funds, the R&D programmes for capacity building provide an excellent opportunity for domestic stakeholders to join internationally competitive projects within the framework of the Horizon 2020 programme – this was one of the conclusions at the “Stairway to Excellence” (S2E) conference held on 24 May in Budapest, organised by the National Research, Development and Innovation Office in cooperation with the European Commission.


Implementation of the Open Science Policy Platform by the European Commission to spread the idea of open science may give way to sharing the results of publicly funded research projects and a broader utilization of them. The topic was a key topic on the agenda of the Competitiveness Council meeting on 27 May in Brussels. Speakers included József Pálinkás, President of the NRDI Office who expressed Hungary’s position on the subject.

Open Access
KFI versenypályázati tükör

Participants of the forum of 29 April were updated on the instruments promoting the mechanism of value creating innovation as well as the evaluation outcomes on project proposals submitted for RDI review, and were given an insight into the run of the peer-review assessment system.


The NRDI Office has provided approximately HUF 135 million (over EUR 435 thousand) grant to cutting-edge research projects in the fields of mathematics, neuroscience and biology, which received excellent rating from the international evaluation panels but were ultimately not awarded due to lack of funds in the programmes announced by the European Research Council (ERC) for highly outstanding research projects.

ERC lead hírlevél
JRC hirlevél

The report provides the annual facts and figures, reports on the most significant collaboration agreements and summarises the outcomes of the "Ex-post Evaluation of the JRC's direct actions under the Seventh Framework Programme (2007-2013)".


The submission site of H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Individual Fellowships has been opened by the Commission.

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

The EUREKA research and development network aims to promote R&D cooperation between SMEs, industrial actors, universities and research institutions in over 40 European and three overseas associated countries, thus facilitating Europe’s global competitiveness in the field of innovation.


The NCP_WIDE.NET project invites organizations interested to form consortia for Teaming and Twinning calls, as well as to discuss ERA Chairs and to COST Actions, to participate in the WIDESPREAD Brokerage on June 8, 2016, the first brokerage event dedicated to the Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation part of Horizon 2020.

Human brain project

The EU’s Human Brain Project (HBP) has opened up six of its prototype computing platforms to scientists outside the project consortium for the first time. The platforms cover fields including neuroscience; brain simulation; high performance computing; medical informatics; neuromorphic engineering; and neurorobotics.


The European Commission has recently published the Digital Futures Final Report, which outlines visions and policy challenges up to 2050. According to the report, digital technologies will continue to affect every aspect of the EU's citizens' lives.

Digital Futures
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