Newsletter of the National Research, Development and Innovation Office



In line with the priorities determined by the European Union, the action focuses on strengthening R&D infrastructure and capacities in order to develop research and innovation excellence, in particular for supporting competence centres on a European basis. The action related to a specific objective intends to implement focused development of outstanding research entities (research and knowledge dissemination organization) to reach international standards.


European ministers for research, development and innovation discussed ways to improve the opportunities of young researchers and SMEs in the meeting of the Competitiveness Council held in Bratislava, on 19 July 2016. Hungary’s position was delivered by József Pálinkás, President of the NRDI Office.

Competitivness Council in Bratislava

SEREN3 is the network of NCPs for Secure Societies in the Horizon 2020 programme. The website operated by the network offers updated information on the news and events in the area of European security R&D, as well as a partner search tool. By registering in Security Research Database you will be able to upload your profile, promote your research ideas and find partners for security research projects. Application deadline for proposals: 25 August 2016.


The European Commission has founded three Horizon Prizes to encourage innovation and find solutions to challenges in the area of energy. These prizes will contribute to the objectives of both the Energy Union and the Strategic Energy Technology (SET) Plan, to be given for innovative approaches to integrating solar energy into historical buildings, using renewable energy in hospitals, and developing products that help cut emissions by reusing carbon dioxide. Horizon Prizes are so called inducement prizes which offer a cash reward to whoever can most effectively meet a defined challenge.

Horizon Prize

The revamped model agreement of Horizon 2020 programme provides more clarity on previously general requirements contained in the agreement. The article now explicitly calls for beneficiaries to respect the principles of honesty, reliability, objectivity, impartiality, open communication, duty of care, and fairness and responsibility for future science generations.


The European Innovation Scoreboard provides a comparative analysis of innovation performance in EU Member States, other European countries, and regional neighbours. It assesses relative strengths and weaknesses of national innovation systems and helps countries identify areas they need to address. Sweden is once more the EU innovation leader, followed by Denmark, Finland, Germany and the Netherlands. Hungary is still a Moderate Innovator. The country’s innovation performance, despite some fluctuations, has improved between 2008 and 2015, says the report.

European Innovation Scoreboard

The European Commission is organising an Information Day & Brokerage event on the upcoming calls for proposals which will be launched in autumn 2016. 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 in Brussels on 14 September 2016, representatives of the research community, businesses and public administration are all invited.


The event targets potential applicants to the Smart Cities & Communities topic of the 2016-2017 Horizon 2020 Work Programme "Cross-cutting activities”, and in particular the 2017 call. The event, together with a networking session in the afternoon, will take place in Brussels on 23 September 2016.

Smart city
Public-Private Partnership

An information day on PPPs in the field of research will be held 14 October 2016 in Brussels. The aim of the event is to give the research community an overview of ongoing activities in the following PPPs : Factories of the Future, Energy-efficient Buildings, Sustainable Process Industry and European Green Vehicles Initiative. Support will be given for the preparation of proposals for the 2017 calls.


The event intends to focus on the exchange of best practices and knowledge among local and international policy and decision-makers, academics, financial actors and various types of innovation and technology transfer practitioners. Seminars and workshops will target contiguous regions that are relevant because of significant historical and economic ties and because of their inclusion in overlapping macro-regional strategies (e.g. Danube Strategy, Adriatic-Ionian Strategy or Alpine Region Strategy). Participation is free of charge, application deadline is 21st August 2016.

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