Newsletter of the National Research, Development and Innovation Office


József Pálinkás, President, NRDIO and Prof. Dr. Otmar Wiestler, President, Helmholtz Association

The Federal Government of Germany supports the forming of an international consortium to be organised for the utilisation of the ELI laser facility in Szeged, József Pálinkás, President of the National Research, Development and Innovation Office of Hungary stated in Berlin.


The “Frontline” excellence programme is open to researchers who belong to the forefront of international scientific life based on their achievements in the past ten years and who exert internationally renowned, outstanding scientific impact in their field of science.


More than EUR 140 million in funding has been awarded to Hungarian institutions and businesses so far in the Horizon 2020 programme, the EU’s framework programme for research, development and innovation. At the end of May the European Commission published its in-depth interim evaluation of the H2020 framework programme aimed at promoting excellence which provides funding directly accessible through international competitive calls and which receives 30,000 RDI project proposals every year from European applicants.


The call for proposals from national fund to develop new, marketable products, services and technologies with significant added value, has been opened to businesses in Budapest and Pest county. In the first period of evaluation, 285 project proposals were submitted with funding requests amounting to HUF 67.5 billion (EUR 220 million). Of the proposals submitted, 88 projects were awarded HUF 19.2 billion (EUR 62.5 million) of non-refundable grant in total.

Percentage of beneficaries acoording to company size
Csuzdi Szonja

How to set up further world-class scientific centres in Hungary? What are the chances of Hungarian researchers in the international competition for funding? These were the central topics of the researcher career forum jointly organised by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (HAS) and the National Research, Development and Innovation Office (NRDI Office) on 25 May 2017.


Three Central Hungarian incubator projects have been awarded domestic funds of approximately HUF 500 million (EUR 1.6 million) each from the National Research, Development and Innovation Fund. The aim of the “Innovation ecosystem” (ÖKO_16) call of the NRDI Office was to reinforce the environment fostering the establishment, mentoring and training of startup businesses. With the three Budapest-based winners of the ÖKO_16 call, the competitive project funding scheme designed to stimulate the foundation and development of startups is now complete throughout the country, and an enhanced environment will enable promising innovative ideas to be selected and developed through a network of strengthening community and training centres also in Central Hungary.


HCEMM Non-profit Zrt. (HCEMM) is a future Hungarian Centre of Excellence for molecular medicine research, services and training. The centre will have its headquarters in Szeged (Hungary) with partner organisations in Debrecen, Budapest, and Szeged. HCEMM seeks an experienced, inspirational and dynamic leader to serve as its first Director General (DG)/CEO.

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