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“OTKA” young researchers’ excellence programme (FK_19)
22 November 2019
Modified: 22 November 2019
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Call for “OTKA” young researchers’ excellence programme (FK_19), with a total budget of HUF 4 billion, provides targeted funding to the independent scientific work of researchers aged under 40 years.

Research projects initiated by young researchers (FK_19), with a total budget of HUF 4 billion, provides targeted funding to the independent scientific work of researchers aged under 40 years.

The call was open for promising researcher-initiated basic research projects in any field of science without thematic priorities, with the main idea to enable young researchers to launch independent research projects in their own research group in Hungary.

The assessment process followed the mechanism applied to thematic project proposals: proposals were assessed by anonymous experts against the criteria indicated in the Application Guidelines, with the involvement of expert panels and specialised scientific councils. Accepting the recommendation of the decision preparation bodies, the President of the NRDI Office agreed on the funding of 80 project proposals with the following distribution between fields of science:


Field of science
Number of submitted proposals
Number of funded projects
Total amount claimed
(in HUF thousands)
Total amount awarded
(in HUF thousands)
Council of Humanities and Social Sciences 72 17 2 026 628 458 490
Council of Physical Sciences 92 21 3 099 322 713 876
Council of Complex Environmental Sciences 57 14 2 044 819 524 871
Council of Medical and Biological Sciences 133 28 4 601 887 1 030 348
Total 354 80 11 772 656 2 727 585



Funding organisation: NRDI Office
Source: NRDI Fund
Date of decision: 14 November 2019

Evaluation panel
Project code
Principal investigator/Project title/Research organisation
Project period
Amount of awarded funds
(in HUF thousands)
Political Science, Law and Govemment Sciences 132513 István Hoffman: Restricting the legal capacity of adults in Hungary (Eötvös Loránd University) 36 24 607
Political Science, Law and Govemment Sciences 131569 Zsófia Papp: Electoral Rules, Representational Roles and Satisfaction with Representative Democracy (Center for Social Sciences) 48 15 686
Political Science, Law and Govemment Sciences 131990 Gabriella Szabó: Political communication in the age of expressivity. What are the discursive mechanisms of expressive, emotional and uncivil political rhetoric in Hungary? (Center for Social Sciences) 48 19 128
Economics 132915 Csaba Fogarassy: Development of system elements of linear-circular business transformations with Big Data using (Szent István University) 48 40 000
Economics 131422 Ágnes Szobonyáné Szabó-Morvai: Childhood Origins of Human Capital (Centre for Economic and Regional Studies) 36 23 322
Economics 132343 Barna Bakó: Consumer Biases, Nudging and Regulation (Corvinus University of Budapest) 36 27 336
Literature 132528 Tamás Lénárt: Emigrants. Poetics of the intercultural literature (Eötvös Loránd University) 37 17 934
Literature 132710 Ádám Szabó: The Correspondence of Nicasius Ellebodius. Critical Edition and Network Studies (Library and Information Centre of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences) 36 29 896
Culture 132220 Szabina Bognár: Károly Tagányi’s (1856-1924) programme on collecting living legal customs and the importance of his heritage in the history of science (Research Centre for the Humanities) 48 34 038
Culture 132785 Krisztina Nagyné Dr. Frauhammer: Women, roles and practices in 19th to 20th century religious culture in Hungary (University of Szeged) 48 20 148
Linguistics 131828 Lilla Zakariás: Intraindividual variability in language and working memory in post-stroke aphasia (Eötvös Loránd University) 48 39 258
Psychology and Education 132248 Zoltán Kekecs: Sham hypnosis: The validation of a minimally effective or sham hypnosis induction technique as a control condition for hypnosis research (Eötvös Loránd University) 48 39 981
Psychology and Education 132165 Attila Krajcsi: New bases of numerical understanding (Eötvös Loránd University) 36 17 382
Archeology 131556 Dávid Bartus: Roman figural bronzes from Hungary (Eötvös Loránd University) 48 39 059
Society 131997 Ákos Huszár: The changing significance of class in comparative perspective (Center for Social Sciences) 36 13 496
Society 131826 Júlia Koltai: Social history analysis of the press between 1945 and 1989 with the methods of natural language processing (NLP) (Center for Social Sciences) 36 25 755
History 132451 Márkus Keller: The History of Professionalization in Hungary in the 19th and 20th Century, in European Context (Eötvös Loránd University) 48 31 464
Physics 131979 Róbert Vértesi: Investigation of collective phenomena and multiple-parton interactions in small systems created at LHC energies using light- and heavy-flavor (Wigner Research Centre for Physics) 48 18 234
Physics 132146 András Pályi: Topological properties of interacting systems (Budapest University of Technology and Economics) 48 39 908
Physics 132134 Gergő Pokol: Integrated modelling of complex plasma systems (Budapest University of Technology and Economics) 48 39 576
Physics 132989 János Zsolt Mezei: Electron induced reactivity of major hydride cations in interstellar space (Institute for Nuclear Research) 48 28 171
Physics 131982 Péter Kovács: Behavior of strongly interacting matter under extreme conditions from effective models of QCD (Wigner Research Centre for Physics) 48 39 885
Engineering, Metallurgy, Architecture and Transport Sciences 131895 Richárd Kicsiny: Optimal production and distribution of hot water from renewable heat resources (Szent István University) 36 30 000
Engineering, Metallurgy, Architecture and Transport Sciences 131882 Gergely Czél: Development of multi-functional, high performance pseudo-ductile hybrid composites (Budapest University of Technology and Economics) 48 39 984
Engineering, Metallurgy, Architecture and Transport Sciences 132186 Attila Géczy: Investigating and advancing the vapour phase reflow soldering technologies with numerical methods (Budapest University of Technology and Economics) 48 34 879
Informatics and Electrical Engineering 131793 Attila Kertész: Analysing IoT device and application behaviour modelling to foster efficient management of Cloud and Fog environments (University of Szeged) 36 29 487
Informatics and Electrical Engineering 132823 Gergely Márton: Brain-computer interfaces supported by machine learning (Research Center of Natural Sciences) 48 39 998
Chemistry 1 132742 Tünde Alapi: Examination of the applicability of new types of light sources in water treatment to replace low-pressure mercury vapor lamps (University of Szeged) 48 31 704
Chemistry 1 131409 Péter Bakonyi: Study on membrane-microbial interactions to understand the biologically-induced fouling of ionic liquid-containing membrane separators used in microbial fuel cells (University of Pannonia) 48 39 420
Chemistry 1 132564 Balázs Endrődi: Gas diffusion electrodes for continuous-flow electroreduction of carbon-dioxide (University of Szeged) 48 39 440
Chemistry 1 131446 Edit Csapó: Noble metal nanostructures with tunable catalytic and optical properties (University of Szeged) 48 38 277
Chemistry 1 131739 Erzsébet Nyergesné Illés: Hemocompatible magnetic nanostructures for theranostic purposes (University of Szeged) 48 39 986
Chemistry 2 131586 András József Tóth: Improvements for circular economy: development of new physicochemical process wastewater treatment methods and their evaluation (Budapest University of Technology and Economics) 48 33 278
Chemistry 2 132385 Tibor Nagy: Improved mass spectrometric method for the characterization of copolymers and its application for the design and synthesis of copolymer based barcodes (University of Debrecen) 48 24 000
Chemistry 2 132133 Zsombor Kristóf Nagy: Development of new formulation technologies for the preparation nanofibrous drug delivery systems (Budapest University of Technology and Economics) 48 38 028
Chemistry 2 132222 Sándor Kun: Synthesis of new spirocyclic glycomimetics (University of Debrecen) 48 39 912
Mathematics and Computing Science 132060 Balázs Patkós: Set Systems, Hypergraphs, Combinatorial Search (Alfréd Rényi Institute of Mathematics) 48 22 621
Mathematics and Computing Science 132524 Gyula Pap: Approximation algorithms for connected subgraphs and tours (Office for Research Groups Attached to Universities and Other Institutions) 48 27 088
Earth sciences 1 132418 Márta Berkesi: Fluids from subducted slab: 3D inclusion study (Eötvös Loránd University) 48 36 389
Earth sciences 1 131869 Réka Zsuzsanna Haranginé Lukács: Silicic volcanism in the Pannonian Basin from source to surface: geochronological, volcanological and petrogenetic characteristics (Office for Research Groups Attached to Universities and Other Institutions) 48 39 341
Földtudományok 2 131792 Ágota Horel: Impact of spatial allocation of soil water and soil organic carbon on greenhouse gas emission in a small catchment (Centre for Agricultural Research) 48 39 912
Földtudományok 2 132014 Hajnalka Breuer: A novel approach to regional climate modelling and its application to the analysis of convective precipitation change in the Carpathian Basin (Eötvös Loránd University) 48 24 000
Complex agricultural sciences 131550 Éva Szita: Climate change and scale insects: new challenges in agriculture, forestry and horticulture in the 21th century (Centre for Agricultural Research) 48 39 852
Complex agricultural sciences 131401 András Künstler: Heat stress-induced changes in defense mechanisms of the model crop barley during fungal infections (Centre for Agricultural Research) 48 37 695
Plant and animal breeding 131717 Gábor Cech: Monitoring of the Digenean flukes in freshwater predatory fishes and assessing their zoonotic risk (Centre for Agricultural Research) 48 39 908
Plant and animal breeding 131813 Renáta Sándor: Complex investigation of sown and unsown fallow systems for climate and modell adaptation (Centre for Agricultural Research) 48 39 622
Plant and animal breeding 131465 Gábor Kemenesi: Epizootiological investigation and conservation biological effects of bat-harboured viruses (University of Pécs) 48 32 972
Ecology and evolution 131917 István Bácsi: Effects of natural and anthropogenic stresses on cyst formation and storage accumulation of algae (University of Debrecen) 48 38 260
Ecology and evolution 131426 Péter Takács: Phylogenetic and evolutionary ecological studies on characteristic fish species of the Carpathian Basin by combining the power of traditional and advanced methods (Centre for Ecological Research) 48 38 774
Ecology and evolution 132605 Péter Borza: Structure and dynamics of the filter feeding functional group of benthic macroinvertebrates: insights from trait measurements and laboratory experiments (Centre for Ecological Research) 48 39 881
Ecology and evolution 132095 Zsófia Horváth: Effect of connectivity loss on biodiversity in experimental metacommunities (CLOSER) (Centre for Ecological Research) 48 39 204
Ecology and evolution 132142 Viktória Bácsiné Béres: Benthic algal composition-extreme climatic events' relations in the Carpathian Basin (Centre for Ecological Research) 48 39 061
Physiology, Pathophysiology, Pharmacology and Endocrinology 131789 Nikolett Bódi: Region-dependent histological and molecular damage in the gut wall affecting the intestinal neuro-immune interactions in the streptozotocin diabetic rats (University of Szeged) 48 39 995
Physiology, Pathophysiology, Pharmacology and Endocrinology 132587 Kata Bölcskei: Investigation of migraine-related trigeminovascular activation networks with a translational approach (University of Pécs) 48 38 568
Physiology, Pathophysiology, Pharmacology and Endocrinology 132499 Eszter Ducza: The role of aquaporins in the regulation of uterine contraction and the prevention of preterm birth (University of Szeged) 48 28 020
Physiology, Pathophysiology, Pharmacology and Endocrinology 132454 Gábor Pozsgai: Investigation of anxiolytic and antidepressant effects of dimethyl trisulfide in mouse disease models (University of Pécs) 48 37 040
Physiology, Pathophysiology, Pharmacology and Endocrinology 131946 Flóra Szeri: Connective tissue mineralization,  from bench to bedside (Research Center of Natural Sciences) 48 40 000
Genetics, Genomics, Bioinformatics and Systems Biology 131944 János Barna: Exploring new roles for HSF-1 in the coordination of cellular stress responses and development (Eötvös Loránd University) 48 39 971
Genetics, Genomics, Bioinformatics and Systems Biology 132812 Anikó Gál: Investigation of pathways of mitochondrial dynamics based on our own patients (Semmelweis University) 48 39 728
Genetics, Genomics, Bioinformatics and Systems Biology 132666 Endre Sebestyén: Systems biology analysis of transcriptome noise as an alternative mutator phenotype in cancer, utilizing large-scale sequencing data (Semmelweis University) 48 32 500
Neurosciences 132638 Elek Attila Farkas: Role of endothelial precursor cells in the regeneration of brain microvessels (Biological Research Centre Szeged) 48 39 900
Neurosciences 132322 Éva Mónika Szegő: Extramitochondrial HSP10 at the crossroads of neuroprotection and neuroinflammation in Parkinson’s disease (Eötvös Loránd University) 48 39 720
Immunity, Cancer and Microbiology 132773 Árpád Szöőr: Reprogramming T cells for targeted therapy of systemic sclerosis (University of Debrecen) 48 40 000
Immunity, Cancer and Microbiology 131603 Lilla Turiák: Identification of predictive biomarkers for the prognosis of targeted biological therapy in lung cancer (Research Center of Natural Sciences) 48 38 603
Immunity, Cancer and Microbiology 132251 Tamás Németh: Investigating the interactions between neutrophils and synovial fibroblasts in autoimmune joint inflammation (Semmelweis University) 48 39 536
Immunity, Cancer and Microbiology 132185 Zsolt Czimmerer: Investigation of the molecular features of a unique inflammatory program in alternatively polarized macrophages (University of Debrecen) 48 39 678
Immunity, Cancer and Microbiology 132296 Dániel Törőcsik: Applied sebaceous immunobiology - A novel approach to understand and treat inflammatory skin diseases (University of Debrecen) 48 39 960
Clinical Medicine 131731 Gábor Woth: Early hemoadsorption therapy for major burn trauma patients (University of Pécs) 36 28 766
Clinical Medicine 131916 Márta Medvecz: Novel non-invasive optical imaging techniques in rare dermatological disorders (Semmelweis University) 48 32 040
Clinical Medicine 131864 Alexandra Mikó: GOULASH-PLUS: investigating biomarkers for diagnosing the early phase of chronic pancreatitis (University of Pécs) 48 39 996
Clinical Medicine 132834 Patricia Sarlós: The short-term effect of biological therapy on hemostatic profile in inflammatory bowel disease: A translational research project (University of Pécs) 48 39 652
Clinical Medicine 131531 Katalin Szendi: The anti-inflammatory effects of Harkány medicinal water (University of Pécs) 48 35 559
Molecular and Structural Biology and Biochemistry 132144 Andrea Matkovicsné Dr. Varga: Mechanotransduction of endothelial BRAF in tumour metastasis formation (Semmelweis University) 48 39 997
Molecular and Structural Biology and Biochemistry 131961 Szilvia Juhász: The role of MacroD2 in DNA repair (Biological Research Centre Szeged) 48 40 000
Molecular and Structural Biology and Biochemistry 132080 Barbara Nikolett Borsos: Characterization the role of P53 in DNA damage induced transcriptional silencing (University of Szeged) 48 40 000
Molecular and Structural Biology and Biochemistry 131984 Balázs Legeza: Dysregulation Carbohydrate Metabolism of the Endoplasmic Reticulum in Inherited Disorders (Semmelweis University) 37 21 766
Molecular and Structural Biology and Biochemistry 132971 Dávid Győri: Deciphering the molecular mechanisms underlying osteoclast activation during bone metastasis formation (Semmelweis University) 36 25 083
Cellular and Developmental Biology 132474 Norbert Gyöngyösi: Investigation of the PP2A-controlled crosstalk between circadian rhythm and cell cycle regulation in response to metabolic changes (Semmelweis University) 48 39 794
Cellular and Developmental Biology 132183 Áron Szabó: The role of glial autophagy in the phagocytosis of axon debris and amyloid beta in Drosophila (Biological Research Centre Szeged) 48 40 000
Cellular and Developmental Biology 131424 Endre Károly Kristóf: Analysis of human heat producing adipocytes to reveal novel mechanisms of thermogenic stimulation for combating obesity (University of Debrecen) 48 34 476
Updated: 22 November 2019
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