Newsletter of the National Research, Development and Innovation Office


RDI spending

The activity of the NRDI Office to boost domestic RDI may, in the long run, strengthen the positive trends and reverse the negative ones that are outlined by the preliminary figures recently published by the Central Statistical Office for 2015.


To foster dynamic cooperation between businesses engaged in successful, market-oriented development activities and higher education institutions having great research potential, the NRDI Office has announced a call for applications with a total budget of HUF 8 billion, financed from the NRDI Fund. Thus, the similar call announced in December 2015 under the EDIOP programme funded by the EU, allocating HUF 25 billion (approx. EUR 80 million) for the same purposes outside the Central Hungary region, is now complemented with national funds for Central Hungary.

Pálinkás József

A new approach is being applied to bilateral scientific and technological programmes, the authentic interpretation of which will be a significant task for the specialised attachés working at the foreign representation offices of Hungary, said József Pálinkás at the Science and Technology (S&T) conference organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the NRDI Office on 12 July 2016. At the event key actors of the domestic RDI sector discussed the opportunities for strengthening international RDI relations with Science and Technology attachés.


A new call for proposals has been announced to support industrial research and development projects to be implemented in Hungarian–Chinese cooperation, within the framework of the international research and development cooperation programme between the NRDI Office and the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) of the People's Republic of China. The objective of the NRDI Office, in the long run, is to promote project-based programmes ranging from basic research to market-oriented developments, on the basis of the bilateral scientific and technological (S&T) cooperation. After the similar but already closed calls announced to foster research and development joint projects with Indian and Israeli partners, the Office allocates a budget of another HUF 200 million (EUR 640 thousand) for projects to be implemented with Chinese partners.


Applying for funding is a competitive process, and only the best project proposals will be selected. This year the content of the Info Day organized by the Commission's Executive Agency for SMEs (EASME) has been structured in 8 different sessions, each one providing several networking opportunities as well as the possibility to learn from successful projects. The event will take place on 19 September 2016 in Brussels and be partly webstreamed. Registration is open.


The Commission has launched a new Public-Private Partnership on cybersecurity and steps up efforts to tackle cyber-threats. The industry cooperation is expected to trigger EUR 1.8 billion of investment by 2020. This is part of a series of new initiatives to better equip Europe against cyber-attacks and to strengthen the competitiveness of its cybersecurity sector.

Research Integrity Practices

The report released within the framework of the Science Europe Roadmap presents the results of a survey of member organisations, undertaken in 2014 by the Working Group on Research Integrity. The aim of the survey was to map existing policies, procedures and practices for promoting research integrity and preventing and sanctioning misconduct, in the context of the member orgainisations’ activities.


The information day addresses potential applicants to the Horizon 2020 ”Smart, green and integrated transport” calls for project proposals under the 2016-2017 Work programme. Presentations will cover the various topics open for submission and the application procedure, as well as provide detailed information on the calls. The event will take place 28 September 2016 in Brussels.

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