The programme follows a funding model that supports forefront discovery research with offering grant opportunities to researchers within the forefront of the international scientific community, in connection with support programs launched by the European Research Council to realize their projects at Hungarian institutions, contributing to the efforts of Hungary to become a regional centre of research, development and innovation.
This call for proposals aims to help internationally acclaimed researchers to prepare for successful participation in funding programs launched by the ERC.
The KKP_22 call is 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.
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;
as the research institution providing the conditions for research (hereinafter: host institution) jointly with a Hungarian or foreign citizen researcher with a PhD/DLA degree as the professional leader of the research project (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 2022;
- applied for an ERC Starting Grant, Consolidator Grant, Advanced Grant, or Synergy Grant after 1 January 2018, and the proposal made it to the second round of evaluation but was not selected for funding;
- applied for an ERC Consolidator Grant or Advanced Grant after 1 January 2018, and the proposal received a “B” score (“is of high quality but not sufficient to pass to step 2 of the evaluation”) at the end of step 1 of the evaluation;
- 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 August 2022 and 1 October 2022, 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 2022 and 2027 is HUF 3 billion, including HUF 600 million to be disbursed in 2022. The maximum amount of grant for the maximum duration of 60 months is HUF 350 million per project (i.e. an annual average of HUF 70 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 28 April 2022 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 4 May 2022. 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 28 April 2022, 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 4 May 2022.
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 28 April 2022 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 28 April 2022, 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.
- Call for Proposals (KKP_22) PDF (410 KB)
- Guidelines for Applicants (KKP_22) PDF (854 KB)
- Data sheet on professional achievements (KKP_22) DOCX (231 KB)
- Template for data management plan (KKP_22) DOCX (24 KB)
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.
As in previous years, one of the selection criteria for the call was that the team leaders should have at least one previous successful international project. The programme received 19 admissible proposals with a funding demand of more than HUF 6.2 billion. 47.4% (9) of the proposals focused on life sciences, 26.3% (5) on environmental sciences, 3 on humanities and social sciences and 2 on medical and biological sciences.
The funding decision was based on the assessment of an evaluation panel appointed by the NRDI Office and on the applicants’ personal project presentations. The evaluation panel examined the proposals against the selection criteria of the call and invited all 19 applicants to present their project proposals in a personal interview. Following the presentations, the evaluation panel ranked the proposals and recommended 10 proposals for funding to the minister responsible for science policy coordination.
Based on this recommendation, the deputy state secretary for innovation, acting on the instructions of the minister responsible for science policy coordination, has decided to support the following 10 outstanding research proposals with a total amount of HUF 3 billion:
Funding organisation: Ministry of Culture and Innovation
Source: NRDI Fund
Date of decision: 30 August 2022
||Principal investigator/Project title/Research organisation
|Amount of awarded funds
(in HUF thousands)
|'Forefront' Research Excellence Programme||143986||Krisztián Vida: Living with an active star - the impace of stellar activity on exoplanetary habitability (Research Centre for Astronomy and Earth Sciences)||60||310 000|
|'Forefront' Research Excellence Programme||144059||Balázs Bárány: Fractal Geometry and applications (Budapest University of Technology and Economics)||60||310 000|
|'Forefront' Research Excellence Programme||144068||Péter Török: Three levels of biodiversity insurance: Species dispersal, -establishment and -assembly (University of Debrecen)||60||310 000|
|'Forefront' Research Excellence Programme||144095||István Szilágyi: Nanozyme composites: the next generation of multifunctional biocatalysts (University of Szeged)||60||320 000|
|'Forefront' Research Excellence Programme||144096||Orsolya Emőke Deák-Valkó: Grassland restoration based on nature-based solutions in agricultural landscapes: drivers at micro- and macro-scales (Centre for Ecological Research)||60||310 000|
|'Forefront' Research Excellence Programme||144148||András Némethi: Lattice cohomology of singularity links (Alfréd Rényi Institute of Mathematics)||60||293 564|
|'Forefront' Research Excellence Programme||144180||Tamás Beke-Somfai: Functional control of supramolecular peptide systems (Research Center of Natural Sciences)||60||320 000|
|'Forefront' Research Excellence Programme||144193||Miklós Koren: The Market for Managers (Centre for Economic and Regional Studies)||60||280 000|
|'Forefront' Research Excellence Programme||144199||László Csanády: Molecular mechanisms of disease-associated ion channels (Semmelweis University)||60||270 000|
|'Forefront' Research Excellence Programme||144209||Enikő Katalin Magyari: The Domino Effect: Tracking changes in climate, environment and subsistence economy at the collapse of Neolithic lifestyle in Eastern-Central and South-East Europe (DOMINO-CLIMATE) (Eötvös Loránd University)||60||270 881|
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
GINOP Plusz (EDIOP)
Economic Development and Innovation Operational Programme Plusz
National Research, Development and Innovation Fund
|ITM (2021)||Ministry for Innovation and Technology (2021)||11||-||-||-|
|RRF||Recovery and Resilience Facility||153,141||-||39,750||-|
Calls for proposals
|Support of business RDI activities
||Stimulating business research, development and innovation
|Targeted R&D services||
Targeted R&D services to businesses, research sites, and research and knowledge-dissemination organisations
|Energetics Calls||The implementation of developments for the recovery, storage or market-based use of waste heat through innovative storage or conversion technologies
|The implementation of developments promoting innovative electrochemical storage of surplus carbon-free electricity
|Practice-oriented higher education||Infrastructure and skills development for practice-oriented higher education
|National Laboratories||Establishment and complex development of the National Laboratory
|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
|Support for market-driven RDI projects||Support for market-driven RDI projects
2020-1.1.2-PIACI KFI; 2021-1.1.3-PIACI KFI
|KKV Start programme||KKV Start Innovation
|Fast track programme||Fast track
|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
University Innovation Ecosystema
||University Innovation Ecosystem
|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
|Development of an applied research network||Participation in the National Network of Applied Research Institutes
|Thematic Excellence Programme 2021||Thematic Excellence Programme
|New National Excellence Programme||New National Excellence Programme – Call for Research Scholarship Applications for Undergraduate Students
|New National Excellence Programme – Call for Research Scholarship Applications for Graduate Students
|New National Excellence Programme – Call for Research Scholarship Applications for PhD Students
|New National Excellence Programme – “Power Up Science!” Call for Research Scholarship Applications for Doctoral Candidate sand Postdoctors
|New National Excellence Programme – Call for Scholarship Applications for Bolyai+ Higher Education Teachers and Researchers
|New National Excellence Programme – “Power up your Talent!” Call for Research Scholarship Applications for New Higher Education Students
|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
|Patronage Programme||Science Patronage Programme
|Forefront – Research Excellence Programme||Forefront – Research Excellence Programme
|Cooperative Doctoral Programme||Cooperative Doctoral Programme
|Strategic R&D centres||
Strategic R&D centres
|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