Newsletter of the National Research, Development and Innovation Office


Pálinkás József

“The most important thing is to clarify and ensure that these funds are actually used for research, development and innovation, so that they really contribute to the creation of a new product or service that makes the given business more competitive.” explained the President of the NRDI Office in his end-of-year interview given to Portfolio.


The support of 276 million EUR (83 billion forints) in total was granted to research centres and undertakings submitting applications to the National Research, Development and Innovation Fund in 2016, a substantially larger amount than in the previous years. This dynamic growth of disbursements from the fund managed by the NRDI Office, ensuring state support to research, development and innovation, is connected to the renewed portfolio of competitive calls published for 2015-2016. It is expected that the total budget available for the continuously announced calls promoting the innovation activities and blue sky research of undertakings is going to increase in 2017.

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Quantum Leap

Dr. Burton Lee, professor of the Stanford University, whose business training courses and startup programmes have greatly contributed to the creation of many businesses in the aerospace industry, visited Hungary and attended the Quantum Leap Conference on 13 January 2016. József Pálinkás, President of the NRDI Office also gave a presentation at the event and joined the discussion with Professor Lee.


Hungary has become member of another outstanding European research infrastructure, upon the signing of the ELIXIR Consortium Agreement by József Pálinkás, President of the National Research, Development and Innovation Office in Hungary.


As a winning proposal of the Horizon 2020 SME Instrument Phase 2, the Aeroglass project of the Hungarian EU Edge Ltd. develops a smart glass application, which displays key information necessary for pilots during their flight, in real-time and in 3D, without hampering the pilot’s visibility. Around two thirds of aviation accidents are caused by pilot errors, as they have to translate 2D information from the control panel into a 3D environment. With the help of the head-mounted display pilots will be able to make faster and better decisions.


Nearly HUF 3.2 billion (EUR 10.5 million) in the budget of the NRDI Office and the NRDI Fund is allocated to the costs of accessing foreign research infrastructures in 2016. The Office monitors the benefits from membership contributions to research infrastructures on an annual basis, by looking into the achievements versus expenditure in the specific R&D fields, so that the public benefits of such payments can be understood not only by the concerned stakeholders, but also the wider researcher community, society and decision-makers responsible for the funding of science.

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