Newsletter of the National Research, Development and Innovation Office



OECD has recently published its Science, Technology and Innovation Outlook 2016 (STI Outlook 2016) which reports on the current trends and key issues of science, technology and innovation (STI), as well as their potential implications on the operation of the global economy, money markets, society and modern governments.


The “Innovation Ecosystem” (ÖKO_16) call, which aims to strengthen the environment promoting the foundation, mentoring and training of startup businesses, is now open for applicants from the Central Hungary region with existing or newly planned business incubators.


The Hungarian Science Festival and his recent visit to London were both covered when József Pálinkás, President of the National Research, Development and Innovation Office and former President of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences between 2008 and 2014, answered the questions of the Origo news portal. He stated: the only way to improve Hungary’s competitiveness is to have more professionals and R&D experts being excellent on an international scale.


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.


In cooperation with the National Research Foundation of Korea, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic, the National Centre for Research and Development of Poland, and the Slovak Academy of Sciences, the National Research, Development and Innovation Office (NKFIH) of Hungary launches a joint call for proposals for international cooperation between researchers from Korea and the Visegrad countries in the field of chemistry and chemical engineering (including information technology, biotechnology, and nanotechnology).


The Health-NCP-NET 2.0 project together with Enterprise Europe Network will organise an international brokerage event on the Horizon 2020 “Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing” calls on 19 January 2017 in Zagreb.

NKFI Hivatal H2020 info naptára

Over 20,000 applications received, EUR 500 million invested in more than 1400 projects and more than EUR 692 million of private equity attracted. The beneficiaries include family businesses, service companies, research-oriented SMEs etc. Almost a third of the selected companies are start-ups, meaning that they are younger than 3 years. Competition is tough as the success rate is 8% for Phase 1 and 6% for Phase 2. A first sketch shows that selected companies have attracted 3 times more private investment than before participating to the programme and report benefitting from faster access to markets.

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