Newsletter of the National Research, Development and Innovation Office


Nemzeti Agykutatási Program

The Hungarian Brain Research Program (NAP), which has produced a number of outstanding results in the first four years, will continue for another four years – the President of the National Research, Development and Innovation (NRDI) Office announced in Pécs, Hungary at the closing conference of the program. In his keynote speech at the conference held in Kodály Centre on the Day of Hungarian Higher Education, József Pálinkás stated: following the previous fund of HUF 12 billion (EUR 39 million), the NRDI Office will contribute to the continued program with HUF 6.5 billion (EUR 21 million).


The National Research, Development and Innovation (NRDI) Office has announced the results of its funding schemes aimed at fostering strategic long-term sustainable cooperation between research institutions and industrial actors. A total funding of HUF 27 billion (EUR 88,5 million) was awarded from the domestic innovation fund specifically to projects effectively addressing the economic and social problems of the 21st century through marketable research findings in the fields of agri-innovation, digital manufacturing, quantum technology and brain research.

Hazai forrás közép-magyarországi innovatív vállalkozások KFI tevékenységéhez

The main objective of the call is to foster competitive RDI projects based on mutual professional advantages and implemented in Hungarian–Indian cooperation which generate new or further developed, market-oriented technologies, products and services in the areas of biotechnology, IKT, renewable energy, water management and water cleaning.


BioTalentum Kft. was among the first winners under the EU_KP_16 call aimed to widen Hungarian participation in the EU H2020 and other European and regional funding programmes. The domestic funding of HUF 3 million (EUR 10,000) granted by the NRDI Fund enabled the company to organise an international consortium of eight members for a nanotechnology project. Their ambition has recently been fulfilled: the consortium’s “iNanoBIT” project has made it through the two-round professional assessment and garnered nearly EUR 7 million (HUF 2.17 billion) in funding from the Horizon 2020 programme.


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.


The heads of research funding organisations from five Central European countries met in Ljubljana on 6-7 September 2017. They agreed to further strengthen the scientific ties in Central Europe, particularly benefiting from a joint rich cultural heritage. The participants expressed their commitment to support mutual collaboration among leading researchers and research institutions in this region, increase their voice at the European level, and harmonize evaluation procedures. At a later step, the partners plan to expand the network to include partners from other Central European countries.


The Central European Business Forum as part of Victoria’s Small Business Festival in Melbourne hosted the Smart Hungary exhibition compiled by the National Research, Development and Innovation Office. Visitors to the festival agreed that these installations, made of recycled cardboard by an innovative Hungarian SME, truly testified to Hungary’s past scientific achievements and like-minded innovations of the present.

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