|Name||Central European Research Infrastructure Consortium|
|Year of foundation||2014|
|ESFRI project/landmark||Not related to ESFRI|
|Number of member countries||8|
|Participating countries||Austria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania, Slovenia|
|Partner institutions in Hungary||
Centre for Energy Research
Institute for Nuclear Research (ATOMKI),
Wigner Research Centre for Physics (FK)
Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE)
Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME)
|Public administration representative||
National Research, Development and Innovation Office
Department for Strategy and Institutional Excellence
1077 Budapest, Kéthly Anna tér 1.
Phone: +36 1 896 3707
|Professional representative||Tamás Belgya /strong>
Centre for Energy Research (EK) EKBI Director,
|Membership payments||Since our accession, we have enjoyed free membership, but from 1 January 2022, all participating Member States will have to pay membership fees, subject to unanimous approval by the General Assembly. The 18th General Assembly of CERIC-ERIC will prepare the model for Member States’ contributions in July 2021, and the 19th General Assembly, expected to be held in November 2021, will vote on the membership fees. Under the current plan, 90% of the membership fee will be returned to the partner institution in the Member State and will be used for its integrated research activities, such as joint research projects between partner institutions, infrastructure and small-scale equipment investments, exchanges of PhD students, etc.|
Benefits of the membership for Hungary
The domestic scientific value of CERIC-ERIC lies primarily in its proactive involvement/participation in the Central European large-scale analytical research bloodstream in a highly organised multidisciplinary service framework.
In the short term, the economic impact at country level will mainly come from the expenditure of researchers coming to the facilities and the organisation of conferences. In the longer term, joint project proposals can be expected. This could be linked to an increase in revenues from industrial development and innovation, which could even result in successful spin-off companies with market potential. They are already generating new public revenues and jobs on their own.