Newsletter of the National Research, Development and Innovation Office



Over 400 researchers and research projects won more than HUF 11.5 billion (EUR 37.7 million) in funding in this year’s calls aimed at promoting discovery research announced by the National Research, Development and Innovation Office. In 2017 the NRDI Office announced its annual discovery research calls with an increased budget, introducing new funding schemes that are better adapted to researchers’ different career stages. This year 40% of the funds were awarded to researchers under 40 years of age.


“There’s no research without money, but money alone is not enough. It is very important to use funds efficiently, so really competitive development and innovation projects must be financed through a selection system. Scientific research must be adapted to the innovation needs of industrial companies and businesses operating in Hungary” – said József Pálinkás, President of the NRDI Office to Hungarian News Agency MTI, in relation to the recently published results of discovery research calls.


The Hungarian Central Statistical Office (KSH) has published preliminary statistics for 2016 on the key characteristics of domestic R&D activity: the amount of R&D expenditure and its percentage of the GDP, the expenditure split by source including private and public financing, as well as the number of R&D organisations and researcher headcounts. The activities of the NRDI Office in the long run may contribute to reinforce positive trends and buck infavourable tendencies in order to put domestic RDI on a growth trajectory.


József Pálinkás and Klement Tockner, President of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), agreed on further publication of joint calls for research proposals in Vienna on July 14. Within the Austrian and Hungarian bilateral scientific and technological cooperation programme, the parties support research projects in life sciences, agricultural studies, engineering sciences, biotechnology, environmental and energy studies. The 2017 joint call was published in February with a deadline in April; evaluation of the proposals is underway.

Horizont 2020

The Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union hosted the meeting of the European Union’s Competitiveness Council (COMPET) on 25 July 2017 where József Pálinkás, President of the NRDI Office of Hungary argued for the positive effects of R&D on economic growth and for the importance of an enhaced coordination between national and EU funding programmes.


The joint event of the NRDI Office and the European Commission offers a chance for businesses, researchers, knowledge institutes and intermediaries to meet new partners and exchange ideas for innovative solutions and collaborative investments in the fields of Industry 4.0. Date and place of the event: 20-21 September 2017, Budapest.

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