Newsletter of the National Research, Development and Innovation Office



Hungary’s position paper on the content and strategic directions of the next research, development and innovation framework programme (FP9) to be launched in 2021, prepared with the contribution of a dedicated expert group, was presented in Brussels by József Pálinkás, President of the National Research, Development and Innovation Office. The 2014–2020 framework programme of the EU with an original budget of EUR 80 billion is still running with hundreds of calls. The event organised for presenting the Hungarian position on continuation and renewal was also attended by R&D deputy ministers from Slovenia, Poland and the Czech Republic to discuss at a round table the standpoints of the countries in the region on the upcoming framework programme.


The future of the ELI super laser centre in Szeged, the largest research infrastructure in Hungary, was the central topic of the meeting in Brussels attended by József Pálinkás, President of the National Research, Development and Innovation Office. The Hungarian facility, which was implemented from a total budget of HUF 80 billion (EUR 260 million), is expected to run at full capacity from 2019 together with two other laser facilities of similar scale in the Czech Republic and Romania.. At the meeting the government representatives of the three ELI institutions and the EU commissioner for research agreed on how the facilities will enable world-class research as part of the European Research Consortium.

Európai Kutatási Infrastruktúra Konzorcium
ERC lead hírlevél

Two project proposals in neuroscience, one in mathematics and one in political history received the Consolidator Grant of the European Research Council (ERC). In winning this top European grant, Hungarian researcher Judit Makara was also helped by the “ERC Booster” funding scheme of the NRDI Office. The ERC Consolidator Grant is awarded to researchers already having a research team and an independent research programme to help them consolidate their work. Researchers could apply for the grant (amounting to a maximum of EUR 2 million per project) with five-year research proposals having a high potential for outstanding discovery or scientific breakthrough.


In a new research funding program, the National Research, Development and Innovation Office supports researchers achieving results of high international impact while working in Hungary and accumulating a scientific citation record within the top 5% in their discipline in two years of publication. Under the call first launched in 2017, in the recent assessment round 25 research groups won funding, i.e. altogether 52 groups received HUF one billion (EUR 3.3 million) in total from the budget available for the call, in two assessment rounds.

Marie Curie

The Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE) call was announced on 22 November 2017. The NRDI Office organised an information event for the same day focusing on the novelties of the new MSCA work programme 2018-2020, including in particular the RISE sub-programme. The information day was dedicated to the direct-access EU calls which provide funding for the training and knowledge exchange of outstanding researchers through cross-border and industry-academy mobility of researchers. The budget of the MSCA programme has increased by EUR 2.9 billion for the 2018-2020 period so the success rate of Hungarian researchers and institutions is expected to rise in these calls.


The preliminary announcement of the joint transnational call for proposals, scheduled to be launched on 7 December 2017, has now been published. The purpose of the E-Rare calls is to harmonize research programmes in European countries on rare diseases through supporting interdisciplinary projects based on international cooperation and to achieve the objectives of the International Rare Diseases Research Consortium (IRDiRC).

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