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Cooperative Doctoral Programme for Doctoral Scholarships
Date of announcement: 05 june 2023
Next deadline for submission:
Deadline for E-submission: 31 july 2023 12:00
31 july 2023
Deadline for application via post office:
Submitter of proposal
Private person
Beneficiary groups
Other, e.g. a private person
HUF 5 070 000 000
Number of applications
Max. 150
Funds available per project
HUF 400 000 month/person
Project duration
24, 31, 36, 43 months
Field of research activity
Fundamental research, Industrial research, Experimental development, Innovation, Investment in RDI, Protection of industrial property rights, Market entry
Evaluator of proposals
Cooperative Doctoral Panel
The Cooperative Doctoral Programme, which was first announced in the academic year 2020/2021, has been re-launched in the academic years 2021/2022 and 2023/2024, due to its extraordinary popularity among doctoral students. The text of the 2023 call was developed reflecting the experiences of the 2021/2022 academic year and the technical comments received, thus striving to ensure that the Cooperative Doctoral Programme meets the needs of higher education and industry.

The aim of the Cooperative Doctoral Programme is to further increase the number of employees working in the RDI segment, primarily in the broader STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, mathematics, agriculture, medicine, health and arts), who want to enrich their professional knowledge with the latest scientific research and are committed to the social and economic exploitation of their knowledge. To this end, the doctoral students participating in the programme will do their doctoral research at the doctoral school but in collaboration with the business sector.

Grantees will receive net HUF 400,000 scholarship grant per month. The mentors and experts who assist the grantee and contribute to the implementation of the project will also be rewarded. The gross value of such support is HUF 120,000 per month. The host doctoral school will also receive a grant of HUF 600,000 per semester. The latter may be spent primarily on research, development and innovation (RDI) activities or related infrastructure development, international networking, knowledge transfer or related services.

Applications may be submitted by doctoral students who started their doctoral studies in 2022 and have not yet completed the complex examination by the beginning of the academic year 2023/2024, or by those who will start their doctoral studies in the academic year 2023/2024. It is also important to note that during the period of the KDP scholarship, grantees must have an employment or other work relationship with the partner organisation of their choice for which they are entitled to remuneration.

The submitted applications will be assessed by the Cooperative Doctoral Panel of nine members, in which both the higher education sector and the business sector are represented to ensure a balance of interests and the selection of the best applications.

Following the announcement of results, the NRDI Office will conclude the grant agreements with the higher education institutions hosting the winning doctoral students.
Submissions: from 19 June 2023 to 20 July 2023, 12.00 (CEST) and from 25 July 2023 to 31 July 2023, 12.00 (CEST) .

Applications for the Cooperative Doctoral Programme can be submitted after registration on After clicking on the “Regisztrálok (Register)” menu item, a short registration form will be opened, where you can activate the registration by ticking the “Szakpolitikai véleménykérő vagyok (I am requesting an RDI policy opinion)” checkbox and accepting the link sent in the confirmation email. To fill in the request click “Kérelmek (Requests) →Új kérelem (New request)” on the menu bar on the left-hand side of the page, for more information on how to fill in the form, please refer to the instructions available on the page. Applicants should note that applications must be submitted via the RDI opinion webpage, where the form must also be completed. Annex 1 to the application is only a sample and does not need to be filled in or uploaded. The following declarations (applicant’s declaration, host institution’s letter of acceptance, doctoral school’s declaration, supervisor’s declaration, employer’s declaration, expert’s declaration) are generated by the system during the application process based on the data provided in the RDI opinion webpage, therefore the application’s Annexes 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 are only templates.

The Ministry of Culture and Innovation is the professional coordinator of the programme, while the National Research, Development and Innovation Office is the operational manager. The programme is financed from the National Research, Development and Innovation Fund.

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

Personal appointments (pree-booked only): H-1077 Budapest, Kéthly Anna sq. 1. (2nd floor)

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.

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.


For further information contact at phone +36 1 795 9500 or email at

The timing and the budget of the RDI funding schemes of the EU-financed operational programme (Economic Development and Innovation Operational Programme Plus - EDIOP Plus) has been approved by the Government within the Annual Development Plan (ADP), upon the proposal of the NRDI Office.

The 2022 calls for domestic RDI proposals financed from the NRDI Fund are set out in the annual Programme Strategy adopted by the Government.
(Government Decree 1414/2022. (VIII. 18.)

The table below shows the calls announced for the period 2021-2027 and their amounts, broken down by year.

(Bn HUF)

(Bn HUF)

Economic Development and Innovation Operational Programme Plusz
136,670 - 5 -
National Research, Development and Innovation Fund
189,384 - 143,8293
ITM (2021) Ministry for Innovation and Technology (2021) 11 - - -
RRF Recovery and Resilience Facility 153,141 - 39,750 -
490,195 - 188,5793 -

NRF= non-refundable
RF= refundable

Calls for proposals
(Bn HUF)

(Bn HUF)



Support of business RDI activities
Stimulating business research, development and innovation
GINOP Plusz-2.1.2-21
136,67 - - -
Targeted R&D services Targeted R&D services to businesses, research sites, and research and knowledge-dissemination organisations
GINOP Plusz-2.2.1-22
- - 5 -
Energetics Calls The implementation of developments for the recovery, storage or market-based use of waste heat through innovative storage or conversion technologies
5 - - -
The implementation of developments promoting innovative electrochemical storage of surplus carbon-free electricity
6 - - -
Practice-oriented higher education Infrastructure and skills development for practice-oriented higher education
81,476 - - -
National Laboratories Establishment and complex development of the National Laboratory
71,765 - - -
Higher education courses and services adapted to the core activities of adult education institution Institutional innovation of higher education courses and services adapted to the core activities of adult education institutions and strengthening of adult learning activities in higher education
RRF-2.1.3- 22
- - 39,750 -
Innovation Sub-fund
Support for market-driven RDI projects Support for market-driven RDI projects
2020-1.1.2-PIACI KFI; 2021-1.1.3-PIACI KFI
59,06 - 40,4673 -
KKV Start programme KKV Start Innovation
2020-1.1.1-KKV START
12 - - -
Fast track programme Fast track
2020-1.1.5-GYORSÍTÓSÁV; 2021-1.1.4-GYORSÍTÓSÁV
3 - 12,85 -
Intellectual property Support of activities fostering the domestic and international protection of intellectual property with the aim of facilitating the utilisation of such intellectual property
2020-1.1.3-IPARJOG, 2021-1.1.1-IPARJOG
0,4 - 0,3 -
University Innovation Ecosystema
University Innovation Ecosystem
2019-1.2.1-EGYETEMI ÖKO
2 - - -
International programmes 2019-2.1.3-NEMZ_ECSEL (2021); 2019-2.1.2-NEMZ (2021); 2020-1.2.1-GYAK (2021); 2021-1.2.1-EIT-KIC (2021); 2021-1.2.4-TÉT (2021); 2021-1.2.5-TÉT-IPARI-RU (2021) 2019-2.1.7-ERA-NET (2021. 2022); 2020-1.2.3-EUREKA (2021, 2022); 2021-1.2.2-EU_KKV (2021. 2022); 2021-1.2.3-EU_KP (2021, 2022); 2021-4.1.2-NEMZ_KI (2021, 2022); 2021-1.2.6-TÉT-IPARI-MA (2021), 2022-1.2.4-EUREKA (2022); 2022-1.2.6-TÉT-IPARI-TR (2022); 2022-1.2.3-GYAK (2022); 2022-1.2.2-TÉT-IPARI-UZ (2022), 2022-1.2.5-TÉT-IPARI-KR (2022) 3,5 - 6 -
Centres of excellence
Establishing and developing centres of excellence2022-1.1.1-KK - - 20,7 -
Startup Programme Startup Programme - - 8,5 -
Investment in the future Fund Investment in the future
7 - - -
Development of an applied research network Participation in the National Network of Applied Research Institutes
1,63 - - -
Research Sub-fund
Thematic Excellence Programme 2021 Thematic Excellence Programme
75 - - -
New National Excellence Programme New National Excellence Programme – Call for Research Scholarship Applications for Undergraduate Students
ÚNKP-21-1; ÚNKP-22-1
0,60 - 0,828 -
New National Excellence Programme – Call for Research Scholarship Applications for Graduate Students
ÚNKP-21-2; ÚNKP-22-2
New National Excellence Programme – Call for Research Scholarship Applications for PhD Students
ÚNKP-21-3; ÚNKP-22-3
1 - 1,2 -
New National Excellence Programme – “Power Up Science!” Call for Research Scholarship Applications for Doctoral Candidate sand Postdoctors
ÚNKP-21-4; ÚNKP-22-4
0,832 - 1,052 -
New National Excellence Programme – Call for Scholarship Applications for Bolyai+ Higher Education Teachers and Researchers
ÚNKP-21-5; ÚNKP-22-5
1,40 - 0,70 -
New National Excellence Programme – “Power up your Talent!” Call for Research Scholarship Applications for New Higher Education Students
ÚNKP-21-6; ÚNKP-22-6
0,168 - 0,22 -
Postdoctoral and Young researchers’ excellence programme and Call for thematic research projects Postdoctoral and Young researchers’ excellence programme and Call for thematic research projects (OTKA)
PD_21, FK_21, K_21, ANN_21, SNN_21
PD_22, FK_22, K_22, ANN_22, SNN_22
12,9 - 13,5 -
Patronage Programme Science Patronage Programme
1 - - -
Forefront – Research Excellence Programme Forefront – Research Excellence Programme
KKP_21, KKP_22
3 - 3 -
Cooperative Doctoral Programme Cooperative Doctoral Programme
4,894 - 2,832 -
Strategic R&D centres Strategic R&D centres
- - 3 -
Development of the Selye János Student Lab Network Development of the Selye János Student Lab Network - - 2 -
National Laboratories Sub-fund
National Laboratories Establishment and complex development of the National Laboratories
- - 26,6 -
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