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“Frontline” – Research Excellence Programme (KKP_19)
Date of announcement: 11 april 2018
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Next deadline for submission:
Deadline for E-submission: 04 june 2018 16:00
04 june 2018 16:00
Deadline for application via post office: 11 June 2018 18:00
Submitter of proposal
Budgetary institution, Non-profit organisation
Beneficiary groups
Institution of higher education, Institution of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (HAS/MTA), Other budgetary research institution, Non-profit research organisation
Budget
HUF 3 000 000 000
Number of applications
10-15
Funds available per project
HUF 300 Mn
Project duration
5 years
Field of research activity
Fundamental research
Evaluator of proposals
NRDI Office
The “Frontline” – Research Excellence Programme (KKP_19) provides targeted funding to world-class researchers – i.e. the best performers (belonging to the top 10%) in their respective fields of science according to the call – in their most dynamic and creative career phases enabling them to help bridging the gap between Hungary and the developed countries by implementing promising research projects as pioneering leaders in the forefront of international research.

The KKP_19 call is only open to discovery research projects without thematic restrictions provided that the applicant’s scientific resume and research plan meet the requirements set out in the call. Applicants have the highest chance if they have achieved internationally outstanding scientific results in the past five years and can be reasonably expected to continue this world-class performance on the basis of their research plan.

The call is financed from the National Research, Development and Innovation Fund.

Submission of project proposals

Project proposals can be submitted electronically through the Online Application Portal of the NRDI Office by 4 June 2018 at 16:00 (CET), in line with the Guidelines for Applicants. All proposals must be submitted in English irrespective of the field of science.

Complying with its legal obligation, the NRDI Office enables applicants to submit their applications exclusively electronically. In this case, the documents required to be submitted by regular mail / with electronic signature must be signed electronically as specified and must be attached to the application on the Online Application Portal by the deadline for electronic submission, that is, by 4 June 2018 at 16:00 (CET).

An electronic submission is considered successful if the proposal was finalised electronically by the applicant and approved by the head of the host institution, and all the documents required to be submitted by regular mail / with electronic signature were signed electronically as specified and were attached to the application on the Online Application Portal by the deadline for electronic submission, that is, by 4 June 2018 at 16:00 (CET).

In the case of regular mail, submission is considered successful if the proposal was finalised electronically by the applicant and approved by the head of the host institution by 4 June 2018, and all the documents required to be submitted by regular mail / with electronic signature were sent to the Customer Service of the NRDI Office postmarked no later than 11 June 2018. Proposals may not be submitted only electronically or in person.

Please note that all documents required to be submitted by regular mail/with electronic signature must be submitted in the same way, that is, all documents must be submitted to the NRDI Office either by regular mail or electronically provided with electronic signature.

Eligible applicants

Researchers (leading researchers) with Hungarian or foreign nationality may apply jointly with the host institution which must be

  • a higher education institution, research centre, research institution, budgetary organ or an institution thereof having legal personality if it qualifies as a research facility under the RDI Act
  • a non-profit organisation if it qualifies as a research facility under the RDI Act
domiciled in Hungary and having legal personality.

At the time of application and throughout the entire implementation period the leading researcher must be a full-time worker of the host institution under an employment contract, civil service contract, works contract or other contract aimed at performing work.

Requirements for leading researchers
  • Leading researchers must hold a PhD/DLA degree and must be affiliated with a Hungarian host institution.
  • Leaders of projects selected for funding in this call may not apply for funding from the Call for researcher-initiated research proposals in the first 36 months of the funding period.
  • Leading researchers’ performance history must fall within the top 10% of their respective fields of science (for the detailed criteria of research, publication or application performance and international embeddedness see the call for proposals).

Eligible objectives and actions

Actions aimed to achieve the key objectives developed on the basis of the research and work plan specified in the “Frontline” – Research Excellence Programme call and set out in the research project plan submitted to the NRDI Office, are eligible for funding.

Available budget

The total budget earmarked from the NRDI Fund for the implementation of the programme between 2019 and 2023 is HUF 3 billion (EUR 9.8 million), including HUF 600 million (EUR 1.9 million) to be disbursed in 2019.

Maximum grant per project

The maximum amount of grant for the maximum duration of 60 months is HUF 300 million (nearly EUR 1 million) per project (an annual average of HUF 60 million i.e. EUR 0.2 million) as non-refundable funding. Funding intensity is 100%.

Duration of the project

The project must start no earlier than 1 January 2019 and must be implemented within 60 months from the start date. Eligible project costs can be declared from the start date specified in the grant agreement.

Customer service contacts:
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phone: +36 (1) 795 9500

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Customer Service hours of operation: Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m to 4 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to 12.00 a.m.

“Frontline” – Research Excellence Programme (KKP_19), funded projects
In the “Frontline” Research Excellence Programme announced by the National Research, Development and Innovation Office, 12 research group leaders have won grants of HUF 200 million to 300 million each, of a total budget of HUF 3.24 billion, to be spent in the coming five years on creating or expanding their research group and implementing a promising discovery research project in Hungary.

31 project proposals were submitted, with funding requests of over HUF 8 billion in total. 70% of the applications (both in terms of quantity and the requested funding) were submitted from the fields of physical sciences, medical and biological sciences. Remaining applications are equally split between humanities/social sciences and complex environmental sciences. The originally announced budget of HUF 3 billion was increased as Zoltán Nusser, one of the last year's “Frontline” grantees, won an ERC Advanced Grant in the meantime, therefore his grant under the “Frontline” programme could be returned.

Funding decisions were made in a multi-stage assessment process based on anonymous peer reviews and panel evaluation, supplemented with presentations by the applicants. Firstly, each project proposal was evaluated by two to four anonymous experts, amongst them at least one foreigner, invited by the NRDI Office upon the proposal of the disciplinary panels. Based on the peer reviews, an expert group proposed by the disciplinary panels evaluated the project proposals one by one against the selection criteria set out in the call for proposals, and invited twenty shortlisted applicants to present their project proposals in person. After the project presentations the expert group made a proposal for the decision. 

Accordingly, the President of the NRDI Office resolved to fund 12 outstanding research applications with over HUF 3.2 billion in total.


FUNDED PROJECTS

Funding organisation: NRDI Office
Source: NRDI Fund
Date of decision: 18 December 2018

Project code
Principal investigator/Project title/Research organisation
Project period
(month)
Amount of awarded funds
(in HUF thousands)
129751
Miklós Gyuranecz: Novel strategies for Mycoplasma control (Centre for Agricultural Research, Hungarian Academy of Sciences)
60
285 500
129797
Gábor Juhász: Regulation of lysosome function (Biological Research Center of HAS)
60
300 000
129814
Balázs Papp: Patterns and principles of metabolome diversity in yeasts (Biological Research Center of HAS)
60
250 365
129848
Eörs Szathmáry: Evolution and learning (Centre for Ecological Research, Hungarian Academy of Sciences)
60
283 002
129866
Ádám Gali: Quantum-coherent materials (Wigner Research Centre for Physics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences)
60
296 594
129877
Gergely Röst: Nonlinear dynamical systems in the mathematical models of cell biology processes (University of Szeged)
60
240 356
129909
László Nagy: Harnessing the healing power of macrophages (University of Debrecen)
60
224 580
129921
Katalin É. Kiss: Implications of endangered Uralic languages for syntactic theory and the history of Hungarian (Research Institute for Linguistics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences)
60
208 296
129924
Éva Kondorosi: Peptide effectors in plant-bacterium communication (Biological Research Center of HAS)
60
300 000
129936
Róbert Horváth: Expanding the frontiers of  label-free single cell biosensing and manipulation in biomedical engineering (MTA Centre for Energy Research)
60
249 543
129954
Attila Mócsai: Genetic analysis of neutrophil function (Semmelweis University)
60
300 000
129961
István Katona: Nanoscale molecular diversity and neuropsychiatric significance of canonical and non-canonical forms of cannabinoid signaling (Institute of Experimental Medicine Hungarian Academy of Sciences)
60
299 149
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To ensure value-based professional evaluation of proposals arriving in large quantities from the fields of discovery and applied research and innovation, to assess professional reports of funded projects and to prepare policy opinions, the NRDI Office intends to expand its expert pool in all fields of expertise.

Professionals who have registered in the database of the NRDI Office can become responsible contributors, as independent peer-reviewers, to the evaluation process in which the professional quality, novelty content and commercialisation perspectives of the proposals as compared to the requested funding should be assessed as core considerations.

The registration process can be initiated through the registration form of the NRDI Office’s website. Registration is continuously open.

Requested data within the expert registration form include:

  • personal data, contact details (necessary for contracting review assignments);
  • classification of professional skills and competencies and research areas (to get review invitations fine-tuned to your field of expertise);
  • topics of the previously reviewed proposals;
  • present and past jobs, interest networks (in order to pre-screening of conflicts of interest in a given rview assignment), education, scientific titles, most important publications and intellectual works demonstrating your professional experience;
  • language skills.

Professionals once registered in the database of experts may be invited by the NRDI Office to review submitted proposals, to assess professional reports of funded projects and to contribute to policy opinions.

Each proposal is reviewed by several independent experts at the same time. Experts selected from the database to review proposals, to assess professional reports and facilitate expert opinions will be contracted by the NRDI Office on a case-by-case basis. When concluding such a contract experts must declare that the review assignment is not obstructed by any conflict of interest whatsoever. Depending on the competition type, written expert reviews must be prepared in 15-28 work days and submitted electronically via the online review portal of the NRDI Office.

FURTHER INFORMATION

For further information contact at phone +36 1 795 9500 or email at szakerto_regisztracio@nkfih.gov.hu

The NRDI Fund Programme Strategy for the year 2019 has been endorsed by Government decree 1622/2019. (X.31.).
The timing and the budget of European-financed non-refundable and refundable RDI schemes under the EDIOP (GINOP) and CCHOP (VEKOP) programmes have been approved by the Government within the Annual Development Framework Programme, upon the proposal of the NRDI Office. Pursuant to the Government Decree 106/2018. (VI. 15.) on the amendment of certain Government Decrees related to development policy due to the Government being restructured, the 2nd priorities of the EDIOP/GINOP and CCHOP/VEKOP (i.e. research, technology development and innovation) operational programmes are commanded to the political responsibility of the Ministry of Innovation and Technology (MIT) instead of the National Research, Development and Innovation Office as from 16 June 2018.

The chart below shows the calls for proposals and their budget relating to the main target areas, broken down by the sources of funding and the years:

  • Corporate/Business RDI
  • Excellence programmes for institutions
  • Development of research infrastructure
  • Excellence programmes for researchers, and
  • Promotion of international cooperation programmes.
Source
Specificity
Budget
2015
(Bn HUF)

Budget
2016
(Bn HUF)

Budget
2017
(Bn HUF)

Budget
2018
(Bn HUF)

Budget
2019
(Bn HUF)

non-
refund-
able

non-
refund-
able

refund-
able
non-
refund-
able

refund-
able
non-
refund-
able

refund-
able
non-
refund-
able

refund-
able
GINOP
Economic Development and Innovation Operational Programme (EDIOP/GINOP) European funds for the entire country except the Central Hungary region
391,721 56,035
112,19
36,717
70
10,684
-
6,21
-
VEKOP
Competitive Central Hungary Operational Programme (CCHOP/VEKOP)European funds for the Central Hungary region
-
42,64
-

 5,49
-
-
-
-
NKFI Alap
National Research, Development and Innovation Fund made up of the innovation tax paid by enterprises
11,29
68,43
-
87,34 -
79,47
-
77,284
-

Target areas Calls for proposals Budget
2015
(Bn HUF)

Budget
2016
(Bn HUF)

Budget
2017
(Bn HUF)

Budget
2018
(Bn HUF)

Budget
2019
(Bn HUF)

non-
refund-
able
non-
refund-
able
refund-
able
non-
refund-
able
refund-
able
non-
refund-
able
refund-
able
non-
refund-
able
refund-
able

Corporate/
business RDI
Support of business RDI activities
Support of business RDI activities
GINOP-2.1.1-15
73,39

 

 




Support of business RDI activities
VEKOP-2.1.1-15
  19,97







Support of business RDI activities
KFI_16

21
 
35,44





Funding to SMEs and large companies for RDI activities
2018-1.1.2-KFI
          20      
Funding to micro and small enterprises for innovation activities
2018-1.1.1-MKI





10



Support for market-driven research, development and innovation projects
2019-1.1.1-PIACI_KFI
              45  
Open Innovation
2019-1.4.1-NYÍLT
              1  
Business RDI, loan
Support of business RDI activities loan scheme l
GINOP-8.1.1-16


18,59  





Business RDI, combined with loan
Business RDI combined with loan
GINOP-2.1.2-8.1.4-16

54,81
61,50






National technology and intellectual property venture capital programme
National technology and intellectual property venture capital programme
GINOP-8.1.3/A-16


32,1






Smart specialisation venture capital programme
Smart specialisation venture capital programme
GINOP-8.1.3/B-17




 70




Smart specialisation venture capital programme
VEKOP 2.1.2-17




 5,49




Intellectual property rights
Intellectual property rights
GINOP-2.1.3-15
0,251







Support of activities fostering the domestic and international protection of intellectual property with the aim of facilitating the utilisation of such intellectual property
IPARJOG_15
0,3


0,1

0,2 

0,11

Innovation voucher
Innovation voucher
GINOP-2.1.4-15
0,163


 
 




Innovation ecosystem
Innovation ecosystem – start-up and spin-off
GINOP-2.1.5-15
4,714


 




Innovation ecosystem (start-up)
ÖKO_16


  1,5





Exportable innovative product development
Support of exportable innovative product development for an innovation-driven export expansion
GINOP-2.1.6-16

1,225

 





Funding for the export oriented R&D activities of domestic businesses
Export_17



4,83





Prototype, product, technology and service development
Prototype, product, technology and service development
GINOP-2.1.7-15
48,79








Prototype, product, technology and service development
VEKOP-2.1.7-15

10,35







Enhancing the competitiveness of SMEs through adaptive technology innovation
Enhancing the competitiveness of SMEs through adaptive technology innovation
GINOP-2.1.8-17

 

36,717
 




Institutional excellence programmes

R&D competitiveness and excellence cooperations
R&D competitiveness and excellence cooperations
GINOP-2.2.1-15
93,764

 
 
 




Competitiveness and excellence cooperations
VEKOP-2.2.1-16

2,29

 





National Competitiveness and Excellence Programme
NVKP_16

28

 





R&D competitiveness and excellence cooperations
GINOP-2.2.1-18
          10,684      
National Excellence Programme
2018.1.2.1-NKP





5



Competitiveness and excellence cooperations
VKE_17
      16,73          
Competitiveness and excellence cooperations
2018-1.3.1-VKE





26



Research infrastructure development of Higher Education and Industry Cooperation Centres
Research infrastructure development of Higher Education and Industry Cooperation Centres
GINOP-2.3.4-15
38,86








Research infrastructure development of Higher Education and Industry Cooperation Centres
FIEK_16

8







Establishment of centres of competence – development of research infrastructures
Establishment of centres of competence – development of research infrastructures
2019-1.3.1-KK
              8,5  
University Innovation Ecosystem
University Innovation Ecosystem
2019-1.2.1-EGYETEMI ÖKO







1,94

Infrastructure
Excellence of Strategic R&D centres
Excellence of Strategic R&D centres
GINOP-2.3.2-15
64,25

 






Excellence of Strategic R&D centres
VEKOP-2.3.2-16

4,02

 





Strengthening research infrastructure - internationalisation, networking
Strengthening research infrastructure - internationalisation, networking
GINOP-2.3.3-15
25,29

 





 
Strengthening research infrastructure - internationalisation, networking
VEKOP-2.3.3-15

6,01





   
ELI laser research centre
Implementation of the ELI laser research centre (ELI-ALPS) large project, Phase 2
GINOP-2.3.6-15
42,249                

Research infrastructures for excellence
GINOP-2.3.7-19








6,21

Research Excellence Programmes
Researcher-initiated research projects
Researcher-initiated research projects
K_15; K_16; K_17
5,98
7

6,5

 
 
 
 
Researcher-initiated research projects
K_18
Research projects initiated by young researchers
FK_18





9,4



Thematic research projects and thematic research projects based on international cooperation
K_19; ANN_19; SNN_19
              5,8  
Postdoctoral programme
Postdoctoral programme
PD 2015/1,2,3
1,57








Postdoctoral excellence programme
Postdoctoral excellence programme
PD_16; PD_17; PD_18; PD_19

1,8

1,5

1,5

4

Research projects initiated by young researchers  
Research projects initiated by young researchers
FK_17; FK_19



3




Research teams with significant achievements of internationally outstanding impact
Research teams with significant achievements of internationally outstanding impact
KH_17; KH_18; KH_19



1

1,2
 
1

Frontline – Research Excellence Programme
Frontline – Research Excellence Programmem
KKP_17, KKP_19; KKP_20






 

 
Mecenatúra (Patronage) programme
Mecenatúra (Patronage) programme               1  
Kabay Programme
Kabay Programme               1  
National Excellence Programme
National Excellence Programme
NKP_17



10


 

 
International cooperation
Request national funds in connection with the research funding programmes of the European Research Council
ERC_HU_15 (450 Bn HUF); ERC_16_MOBIL (200 Bn HUF);
0,45
0,45

0,1

 0,1

 

Research projects based on international cooperationk
NN_17, ANN_17, SNN_17; V4-Japan Joint Research programme (2015: 45,5 Bn HUF); KNN_16 (2016: 72 Bn HUF); NN_18, ANN_18, SNN_18



1

1



Support to foster Hungarian participation in the Horizon 2020 joint programmes and joint technology initiatives
KKV_15 (2015-16: 60 Bn HUF, 2017: 100 Bn HUF); 2018-2.1.4-KKV (2018: 100 Bn HUF); EU_KP_16 (2017 84,7 Bn HUF); 2018-2.1.2-EU_KP_16 (230 Bn HUF, 2018: 80 Bn HUF); NEMZ_15 (1 380 Bn HUF);  NEMZ_16 (2016: 710 Bn HUF, 2017: 697,5 Bn HUF); 2018-2.1.5-NEMZ (2018: 442 Bn HUF); 2018-2.1.6-NEMZ_ECSEL (2018: 760 Bn HUF); ERA-NET Infect-ERA (2015: 40 Bn HUF, 2016: 40 Bn HUF); ERA-NET E-Rare-3 (2015: 45 Bn HUF, 2016: 45 Bn HUF, 2017: 45 Bn HUF, 2018: 46,5 Bn HUF); M-ERA.NET-2 (2015: 90 Bn HUF, 2016: 90 Bn HUF, 2017: 90 Bn HUF); JPND (2017: 190 Bn HUF, 2018: 200 Bn HUF); FLAG-ERA JTC (2015: 200 Bn HUF, 2017: 155 Bn HUF); Quant-ERA (2017: 90 Bn HUF, 2018: 93 Bn HUF); ERA PerMed (2017: 100 Bn HUF); EUREKA_15 (400 Bn HUF); EUREKA_16 (2016: 400 Bn HUF, 2017: 400 Bn HUF); 2018-2.1.3-EUREKA (2018: 75 Bn HUF); 2019-2.1.2-NEMZ (2019: 395 Bn HUF), 2019-2.1.3-NEMZ_ECSEL (2019: 707 Bn HUF), 2019-2.1.6-NEMZ_KI (2019: 100 Bn HUF), 2019-2.1.4_KKV (2019: 100 Bn HUF), 2019-2.1.5-EU_KP (2019: 80 Bn HUF), 2019-2.1.1-EUREKA (2019: 500 Bn HUF), 2019-2.1.7-ERA-NET (2019: 832,5 Bn HUF), EIT KIC (500 Bn HUF) 2,2
1,5

1,9

 1,4

 3,214
 
H2020 Teaming
H2020 Teaming



1,91



 

Programme-based bilateral R&D cooperation projects
TÉT_1517_IN (2017: 300 Bn HUF); TÉT_1517_IL (310,932017: 311 Bn HUF); TÉT_1617_CN (2017: 200 Bn HUF); TNN_16 (2017: 150 Bn HUF); INN_16 (2017: 150 Bn HUF); TÉT_17_VN (2017: 200 Bn HUF); KRP (2017: 154 Bn HUF); TÉT_17_RU (2017: 150 Bn HUF); TR-NN_17 (2017: 150 Bn HUF); 2018-2.1.17-TÉT-KR (2018: 200 Bn HUF); 2018-2.1.16-TÉT-IL (2018: 310 Bn HUF); 2019-2.1.14-ÖNVEZETŐ (2019: 100 Bn HUF), vietnami TéT (200 Bn HUF), indiai TéT (300 Bn HUF) 0,79
0,68
  1,83
   0,67
  1,72
 
Support of Bilateral science and technology (S&T) cooperation        

TÉT_1517_AT (2017: 20 Bn HUF); TÉT_15_TR (30 Bn HUF); TÉT_15_AR (50 Bn HUF); TÉT_15_MN (20 Bn HUF); 2018-2.1.13-TÉT-FR (2018: 20 Bn HUF), 2018-2.1.14-TÉT_15_-CN (2018: 40 Bn HUF); 2018-2.1.12-TÉT-_16_HR (2018: 20 Bn HUF); 2018-2.1.11-TÉT_16_-SI (2018: 20 Bn HUF); 2018-2.1.15-TÉT_16_-PT (2018: 20 Bn HUF); TÉT_16_RS (20 Bn HUF);2018-2.1.10- TÉT_16_-MC (2018: 20 Bn HUF); TÉT_16_FR (30 Bn HUF); TÉT_16_JP (50 Bn HUF); TÉT_17_AT (20 Bn HUF); TÉT_17_FR (20 Bn HUF); 2019-2.1.10-TÉT-IL (930 Bn HUF), 2019-2.1.11-TÉT (2019: 160 Bn HUF), UK_GYAK_17 (2017: 25 Bn HUF); 2018-2.1.1-UK_GYAK (2018: 25 Bn HUF), 2018-2.1.7-UK_GYAK (2019: 30 Bn HUF),





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