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Forefront – Research Excellence Programme
Date of announcement: 20 november 2020
Last modified:
Next deadline for submission:
Deadline for E-submission: 16 february 2021 16:00
16 february 2021
Deadline for application via post office: 19.02.2021
Submitter of proposal
Budgetary institution, Non-profit organisation
Beneficiary groups
Institution of higher education, Other budgetary research institution, Non-profit research organisation, Institution of the Eötvös Loránd Research Network (ELKH)
Budget
HUF 3 000 000 000
Number of applications
10-12
Funds available per project
HUF 300 M
Project duration
5 years
Field of research activity
Fundamental research
Evaluator of proposals
NRDI Office

The programme provides substantial grant for up to five years to excellent researchers in their most dynamic and creative career phases, belonging to the top of the international scientific community, for research activity in a Hungarian research centre.



The programme follows a funding model that supports forefront discovery research while offering grant opportunities to internationally top-performing researchers for implementing their projects at a Hungarian host institution in connection with European Research Council (ERC) calls. This way, the Forefront programme enhances Hungary’s efforts to become a regional hub for research, development and innovation.

This call for proposals aims to help internationally acclaimed researchers to prepare for and succeed in ECR calls.

The KKP_21 call is only open to researchers for discovery research projects without any thematic restriction, provided that the applicant’s scientific track record 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 ten years and can be reasonably expected to continue this level of performance on the basis of their research plan.

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

Eligible applicants

Applications are eligible if submitted by any of the following types of organisations having a legal personality and a registered seat in Hungary:
  • higher education institution, research centre, research institution, budgetary organ or a budgetary organ institution with legal personality if it qualifies as a research facility under the RDI Act;
  • non-profit organisations qualifying as research and development organisation according to its core activity

(hereinafter: host institution) jointly with a Hungarian or foreign citizen researcher with a PhD/DLA degree (hereinafter: principal investigator), provided that he or she meets with one of the following conditions:

  • has led an ERC-funded Starting Grant, Consolidator Grant, Advanced Grant, or Synergy Grant project which was successfully closed after 1 January 2018, or is currently leading one such project and it is scheduled to be closed before 1 October 2021;
  • applied for an ERC Starting Grant, Consolidator Grant, Advanced Grant, or Synergy Grant after 1 January 2018, and the application made it to the second round of evaluation but was not selected for funding;
  • was involved as a principal investigator in an individual basic research project with a budget of at least HUF 100 million, financed from a major international research fund (e.g. Wellcome Trust, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, National Institutes of Health – NIH, Australian Research Council, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council – BBSRC, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft - DFG), and the project was successfully closed after 1 January 2018.

Throughout the entire project implementation period the principal investigator must be an employee of the host institution under an employment contract, civil service contract or other contract aimed at performing work.

Eligible objectives and actions

Those actions are eligible which aim to achieve the key objectives developed on the basis of the research and work plan specified in the “Forefront – Research Excellence Programme” call and set out in the research project plan submitted to the NRDI Office.

Duration of the project

The project must start between 1 June 2021 and 1 October 2021, and must be implemented within 60 months from the start date. Eligible project costs can be declared from the start date of the project specified in the grant agreement.

Total available budget and maximum funding per project

The total budget earmarked from the NRDI Fund for the implementation of the programme between 2021 and 2026 is HUF 3 billion, including HUF 600 million to be disbursed in 2021. The maximum amount of grant for the maximum duration of 60 months is HUF 300 million per project (i.e. an annual average of HUF 60 million) as non-refundable funding. Funding intensity is 100%.

Submission of project proposals

All applications must be submitted in English irrespective of the field of science. Project proposals must be prepared and submitted electronically through the Online Application Portal of the NRDI Office by 16:00 CET on 16 February 2021 in line with the Guidelines for Applicants.

The call notice lists the documents required to be submitted to the NRDI Office by regular mail or electronically provided with electronic signatures. Applications may not be submitted in person.

The documents to be submitted by regular mail must be sent in one copy, provided with original signatures and seal, to the Customer Service of the NRDI Office postmarked no later than 19 February 2021. In this case, the submission is successful if the application was finalised electronically by the applicant and approved by the head of the host institution by 16 February 2021, and if the documents required by the call to be submitted by regular mail/with electronic signatures were sent to the Customer Service of the NRDI Office postmarked no later than 19 February 2021.

Complying with its legal obligation, the NRDI Office enables applicants to submit their applications exclusively electronically. In this case, the documents required by the call to be submitted by regular mail/with electronic signature must be signed electronically, as specified in the call, and must be attached to the application on the Online Application Portal by the deadline for electronic submission, that is, by 16 February 2021 at 16:00 CET. In this case, the submission is successful if the proposal was finalised electronically by the applicant and approved by the head of the host institution by 16 February 2021, and if the electronically signed versions of the documents required to be submitted by regular mail/with electronic signature were submitted through the Online Application Portal.

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.

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email: nkfialap@nkfih.gov.hu 
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.

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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