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István Szabó PhD
12 October 2018
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Vice President for Innovation and General Affairs

Dr. Szabó István, innovációs és általános elnökhelyettesVice Presidents assist the President's work and perform their duties under the supervision of the President. Vice Presidents shall be appointed and dismissed by the Prime Minister on the recommendation of the President. Term of the appointment is 5 years, one can be appointed for no more than two terms. Vice Presidents oversee the activities of their subordinated organisational units, the heads of which report to the Vice President on the work performed by their respective units. In the NRDI Office, the work of the President is assisted by three Vice Presidents: the Vice President for Innovation and General Affairs, the Vice President for Research and Development and the Vice President for External Relations.

The Vice President for Innovation and General Affairs:

is the operative manager of carrying out the NRDI Office's professional tasks regarding innovation grants disbursed from the NRDI Fund as provided by the law, in this capacity he coordinates the calls for proposals to be prepared and announced, the invitation of the members of expert panels and the Innovation Board, the assessment of proposals, the conclusion of grant agreements, the issuance of grant documents, furthermore the follow-up and monitoring of awarded proposals. Substitutes the President with a general scope of authority in case of absence or incapacitation.


Higher education

  • 2018: PhD, economic sciences, Enterprise Theory and Practice Doctoral School, University of Miskolc
  • 2002: economist, majored in Organisation and Management studies, University of Miskolc

Professional experience

  • from 1 October 2018: Vice President for Innovation and General Affairs – National Research, Development and Innovation Office
  • 2017-2018: Head of Department, Ministry of Human Capacities, Department of Higher Education and Research Strategy
    • elaboration of the Higher Education Institutions’ Excellence Programme, coordination of the New National Excellence Programme
    • design and monitoring of the EFOP schemes
    • elaboration and implementation of policy measures and sectoral strategies related to dual system in higher education
    • Secretariat of the National Scientific Students’ Associations Conference
  • 2011-2016: Head of Department, National Innovation Office later National Research, Development and Innovation Office as legal successor, Department of Analysis and Information Systems
    • analyses on Hungarian R&D and innovation, construction of related databases
    • participation in elaborating the RDI Strategy and the National Smart Specialisation Strategy (S3)
    • leader of the National Research Infrastructure Survey and Roadmap project
    • preparation of the S3 paper of “Hungarian participation in major research infrastructure projects of the European Strategic Forum of Research Infrastructures” founding the process of Hungary’s joining international research infrastructures
    • between 2015-2016 national representative at the European Strategic Forum of Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) and in various international research inrastructures such as CERN CMS, European Social Survey, European Spallation Source etc.
    • coordination of Hungary’s joining international research infrastructures – as a result, Hungary has become member in 11 international research infrastructures as opposed to its 3 memberships hold previously
  • 2008-2011: project leader, Governmental IT Development Agency
  • 2005-2008: consultant, Catro Management Consultancy Ltd.
  • 2003-2005: call management officer, Ministry of Education,  Directorate of Fund Management

Prizes and awards

  • 2001: 1st place in the “Organisation/Management, General and Strategic Management” Section of the National Scientific Students’ Associations Conference

Language skills

  • English – conversational
  • German – conversational

Publications in Hungarian and English, research projects

  • Deák Csaba, Szabó István
    Assessing Cooperation between Industry and Research Infrastructure in Hungary
    Technology Innovation Management Review, 2016. 6 (7). pp. 13-20. ISSN 1927-0321 
  • Szabó István, Deák Csaba
    We have research infrastructure - can we cooperate?
    XXVI ISPIM Conference: Porto, Portugal (2016)
    Blending Tomorrow’s Innovation Vintage - ISBN 978-952-265-929-3 
  • Szabó István, Deák Csaba
    The Importance of Research Infrastructures for Industry: A national survey
    ISPIM Innovation Forum: Boston, USA (2016)
    Charting The Future Of Innovation Management - ISBN 978-952-265-927-9 
  • Szabó István, Lévai Péter
    Európa tízéves tudományos útiterve
    MAGYAR TUDOMÁNY 2016:(5) pp. 563-572. (2016) 
  • Szabó István
    Technology transfer and governmental measures
    In: Keresztes Gábor (szerk.) Tavaszi Szél 2015 / Spring Wind 2015 Konferenciakötet: II. kötet. 659 p. EKF Líceum Kiadó, 2015. pp. 559-569. (ISBN:978-615-5250-11-8) 
  • Szabó István, Mészáros Ádám
    A sokféleség rendszertana
    KÜLGAZDASÁG 1:(1) pp. 96-103. (2014) 
  • Szabó István, Csőke Attila, Mészáros Ádám, Ifju-Keresztes Dominika, Rapkay Bence, Imre Beáta Orsolya
    KFI Tükör: 2. Nők a KFI területén 
    Nemzeti Innovációs Hivatal, 2013 
  • Szabó István, Csőke Attila, Eglesz Gabriella, Imre Beáta Orsolya, Flamich Tibor, Kovács Eszter, Mészáros Ádám, Rapkay Bence
    KFI Tükör: 3. A KFI területi jellegzetességei Magyarországon
    Nemzeti Innovációs Hivatal, 2013 
  • Szabó István, Csőke Attila, Flamich Tibor, Ifju-Keresztes Julianna, Mészáros Ádám, Rapkay Bence
    KFI Tükör: 1. Az IKT szektor helyzete
    Nemzeti Innovációs Hivatal, 2012

Personal data

  • Date of birth: 18 February 1978
  • Marital status: married, father of two children
Updated: 01 August 2019
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