Newsletter of the National Research, Development and Innovation Office


Teaming collaboration hirlevel

Hungary was the most successful country in the ”Teaming” research excellence programme, the most prestigious call of Horizon 2020 Widening programme. The two successful projects coordinated by the National Research, Development and Innovation Office consisting of excellent Hungarian and international partners have been awarded EUR 26 million (around HUF 8 billion). With additional domestic funding and contribution of participating institutions HUF 22 billion is available for the implementation of the two programmes in the field of life sciences and production informatics and control.


Countries of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region met for the fifth time since 2011: invited under the presidency of Slovakia, more than 700 professionals gathered to discuss the reinforcement of environmental efforts, knowledge-based society and competitiveness. In addition to nine EU member states, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Moldova and Ukraine also participated at ministerial level, while the European Commission was represented by Tibor Navracsics Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sports and by Maroš Šefčovič European Commissioner for Energy Union.

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Smart city hirlevél

Creating and maintaining a truly smart city requires an innovative, coordinated approach which addresses the system as a whole, and results in a liveable environment for everyone; so it is not enough to organise urban development around a few attractive IT applications and smart solutions – József Pálinkás, President of the NRDI Office said in his keynote speech at the Smart City Hungary 2016 conference on 9 November 2016.


Preliminary information is communicated on the ERA_NET E-Rare-3 joint call foreseen to open on 5 December 2016. The aim of the E-Rare calls is to enable scientists in European countries to build an effective collaboration on a common interdisciplinary research project in rare diseases, based on complementarities and sharing of expertise, with a clear translational research approach, and also to realize the objectives of the International Rare Diseases Research Consortium (IRDiRC).


At its 'Spreading Excellence and Crossing the Innovation Divide' conference on 23 November, the European Commission presented an overview of the schemes to support countries of lower performance in research and innovation, in terms of their research excellence. Beside the significance of such funds the Committee’s commitment towards this matter is indicated also by the complex system of actions that ranges from financing new knowledge centres to facilitating structural reforms in these countries.


Objectives of the “LERU-CE7” (seven respected Central-European universities such as Eötvös Loránd University) initiative are four-fold: bringing common challenges, views and possible approaches to ERA and OSP Platforms, sharing knowledge on the ERA and the OSP topics, discuss the so-called “widening” actions by the European Commission, increasing collaboration in the coming years.

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