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Management of the NRDI Fund
02 June 2018
Last modified: 02 June 2018
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A coherent portfolio of competitive calls was implemented by the NRDI Office to facilitate the coordinated, purpose-oriented and value-creating use of RDI funds coming from EU sources and the National Research, Development and Innovation Fund (NRDI Fund).

The NRDI Fund managed by the NRDI Office is an extra-budgetary fund earmarked solely for the support of research, development and innovation, financed from the innovation contributions of businesses and the complementary contribution of the central budget. It aims to provide predictable funding for the promotion of research, development and value-creating innovation built on domestic and foreign research results.

The NRDI Fund Programme Strategy for the year 2017, scheduling calls with a total budget of over HUF 90 billion, was approved by Government Decision 1762/2016 (XII. 15.). The calls stimulate discovery research, in-house development projects, development in researcher-industry cooperation and the exploration of innovative ideas.

The calls of the portfolio (link) financed from the NRDI Fund in view of strategic considerations provide funding only to proposals that meet strict assessment criteria. Project proposals are assessed, ranked and selected for funding in a complex multi-stage process, according to transparent rules of procedure and criteria, based on several anonymous reviews for each proposal, and subject to a decision-preparation stage (link).

The function of the NRDI Fund is to complete and balance EU funds in line with domestic characteristics, including geographical considerations. This reason is that Operational Programmes financed from the EU’s Structural Funds primarily focus on reducing the lag of less developed regions, so they are mostly available to rural applicants. Two-thirds of RDI capacity in Hungary, however, is still concentrated in Budapest and Pest county and can be exploited and mobilised primarily through domestic funds (e.g. through the mirror calls of GINOP schemes).

The NRDI Fund managed by the NRDI Office is an extra-budgetary fund earmarked solely for the support of research, development and innovation, financed from the innovation contributions of businesses and the complementary contribution of the central budget. It aims to provide predictable funding for the promotion of research, development and value-creating innovation built on domestic and foreign research results.

The NRDI Fund Programme Strategy for the year 2017, scheduling calls with a total budget of over HUF 90 billion, was approved by Government Decision 1762/2016 (XII. 15.). The calls stimulate discovery research, in-house development projects, development in researcher-industry cooperation and the exploration of innovative ideas.

The calls of the portfolio financed from the NRDI Fund in view of strategic considerations provide funding only to proposals that meet strict assessment criteria. Project proposals are assessed, ranked and selected for funding in a complex multi-stage process, according to transparent rules of procedure and criteria, based on several anonymous reviews for each proposal, and subject to a decision-preparation stage.  

The function of the NRDI Fund is to complete and balance EU funds in line with domestic characteristics, including geographical considerations. This reason is that Operational Programmes financed from the EU’s Structural Funds primarily focus on reducing the lag of less developed regions, so they are mostly available to rural applicants. Two-thirds of RDI capacity in Hungary, however, is still concentrated in Budapest and Pest county and can be exploited and mobilised primarily through domestic funds (e.g. through the mirror calls of GINOP schemes).

 

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RDI funds disbursed from the NRDI Fund and its legal predecessors

 

The number of submitted and funded project proposals and the amount of requested and awarded funding between 2015 and 2017.

 

Source
Number of project proposals
Volume of requested funding
Number of funded projects
Volume of awarded funding
NRDI Fund – Basic research
4 097
HUF 103,3 Bn
1 157
HUF 30,2 Bn
NRDI Fund – Innovation
1 123
HUF 258,0 Bn
297
HUF 133,9 Bn

Researchers, research centres and businesses applying for funding from the NRDI Fund won altogether HUF 83 billion in 2016, a substantial increase compared to previous years. This sum is more than double the HUF 35 billion disbursed in 2014, and double the amount disbursed in each of the five preceding years. The budget of corporate innovation and discovery research calls to be announced continuously in 2017 is expected to further increase.

The funding system is not only based on excellence but also reflects an investor mindset: innovation proposals are assessed against assessment criteria such as the alignment of project plans with the priorities defined in the National Smart Specialisation Strategy (S3), and commitment to practical use and commercial utilisation. To ensure the effective use of funds disbursed from the NRDI Fund, preference is given to RDI project proposals which:

 

  • promise fundamental breakthrough in science and technology as the project outcome;
  • produce results at national economic and social level in addition to the beneficiary’s direct sphere of interest;
  • directly contribute to the competitiveness of the national economy;
  • enhance cooperation between research centres, higher education institutions and businesses fostering the practical use of knowledge;
  • implement regional, cross-border cooperation in research, development and innovation;
  • create jobs in the RDI segment and improve the professional and entrepreneurial potential of employees;
  • develop the research and development infrastructure at regional or national economic level; 
  • involve participants who have already achieved outstanding results, for example, by obtaining protection for their R&D results under industrial property law, producing internationally significant R&D results, or implemented internationally competitive innovation based on their own results;

effectively and directly contribute to the solution of social, environmental and economic problems, and to addressing the societal challenges and six thematic areas identified in the “Innovation Union” programme of the Europe 2020 Strategy.

Updated: 02 June 2018
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