Newsletter of the National Research, Development and Innovation Office



With an aim to increase the international visibility of Hungarian scientific results the NRDI Office has announced a new call for proposals to promote researchers and research groups whose findings have major international impact.


Industry-researcher consortiums led by businesses in Central Hungary can apply for funding to implement digital production technology innovations, as well as agricultural innovation and biotechnology development programmes within the framework of a new competitiveness call which has a total budget of HUF 17 billion (EUR 55.7 million).

Fülöp Zsolt

As the fifth largest EU funded investment of Hungary in the 2014–2020 programming period, the ELI laser research centre in Szeged is expected to run with full capacity in 2019, connected to two other laser research facilities in the Czech Republic and Romania. Zsolt Fülöp physicist is appointed envoy responsible for conducting the intergovernmental consultations on the organisation of the international consortium and the utilisation of the capacities of the ELI laser research facility in Szeged.


Calls with increased budgets and with new funding schemes better tailored to researchers’ career stages have been announced by the National Research, Development and Innovation Office to promote discovery research in Hungary. The total budget of calls for project proposals in the field of fundamental research has increased to HUF 12 billion (EUR 39 million) this year.

Kutatási témapályázatok
Robert-Jan Smits, József Pálinkás

The grant agreements with the representatives of the 10 winning Horizon 2020 Teaming projects, including two led by Hungarian researchers, were ceremonially signed on 16 February 2017 in Brussels. The event was attended by József Pálinkás, President of the NRDI Office, the institution responsible for coordinating the successful application of the EPIC and HCEMMM projects aimed at creating Hungarian centres of excellence in the fields of production informatics and control and medical research.


The projects "Danube-INCO.NET", "JPI Urban Europe" and "EXPAND" are organising a joint workshop aiming at widening the participation in the JPI Urban Europe, exchanging on urban challenges and to matching JPI Urban Europe with the national and regional funding strategies and priorities of Danube Region as well as EU-Widening countries on 24 March 2017.


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.


Attracting more top global companies and boosting investment in defence are among the main avenues the European Commission could investigate as it lays the ground for a successor to Horizon 2020, according to a report examining ways of maximising the impact of EU research and innovation programmes.

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