Newsletter of the National Research, Development and Innovation Office



Upon the initiative of the National Research, Development and Innovation Office an expert group is taking part in the elaboration of the Hungarian position paper regarding the content and strategic orientations of the 9th Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (FP9) to be launched in 2021.


Jointly organised by the National Research, Development and Innovation Office with DG for Regional and Urban Policy and DG for Research and Innovation of the Commission, a two-day conference and workshop started on 20 September in Budapest to promote cooperation, consortium building and matchmaking in Industry 4.0 type projects between SMEs, industrial companies and research centres from the Visegrád countries. The event titled Central European Cooperation for Industry 4.0 attracted participants from 14 countries and covered various intriguing topics from human-robot cooperation to the data management and process planning of smart factories.

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As the agency responsible for renewing the national RDI strategy, which determines the domestic RDI vision, the National Research, Development and Innovation Office collaborates with the competent ministries and the stakeholders of the domestic RDI system to assess, in compliance with the provisions of the relevant Government Decision, the domestic and international trends that have emerged since the adoption of the document in 2013, the impact they have on the implementation of the objectives and further instruments that could help to improve the competitiveness of RDI activities.


Hungary has significantly improved its position in the global competitiveness ranking of the World Economic Forum (WEF), one of the most prestigious economic rankings in the world. In the overall ranking Hungary has moved to 60 from 69, and in terms of innovation to 62 from 80. Data show improving trends in all main research, development and innovation areas. The report includes positive data relating to institutions involved in basic research, workers focusing on targeted development projects and businesses concentrating on innovation.

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More comprehensive data on research, development and innovation (RDI) and information campaigns to raise the innovation-awareness of institutions and enterprises were both on the agenda of the meeting between Gabriella Vukovich, President of the Hungarian Central Statistical Office (HCSO) and József Pálinkás, President of the National Research, Development and Innovation Office (NRDI Office).


Research, the desire to understand phenomena, is an activity both exciting and useful – emphasised József Pálinkás, President of the NRDI Office on the opening day of the Molecular Frontiers Symposium where he was followed by three Nobel Prize winning chemists delivering lectures to nearly one thousand students. After Stockholm, Gothenburg, Tokyo and Seoul the symposium came to Budapest, organised jointly by Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), the Faculty of Sciences of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (HAS) and the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences with the sponsorship of the NRDI Office.

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