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Frontline – Research Excellence Programme funded projects (KKP_20)
02 September 2020
Last modified: 09 October 2020
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In the framework of the Frontline – Research Excellence Programme of the National Research, Development and Innovation Office, 9 lead researchers have won HUF 200 to 300 million, altogether HUF 2.563 billion in funding.

The grant enables the beneficiaries to conduct research projects promising world-class results in Hungary over the next five years, contributing to the successful participation in European Research Council (ERC) funding programmes.

Unlike previous years, this year’s call set successful participation in an international competition as a requirement for lead researchers. Nine valid proposals were submitted to the call with a total funding request of over HUF 2.5 billion. 56% of the proposals (both in terms of number and funding request) came from the area of natural sciences dealing with inanimate matter, 33% from medical and biological sciences, and 11% from the field of complex environmental sciences.

The funding decision was based on the evaluation of the expert panel invited by the NRDI Office and on the applicants’ personal project presentations. The panel evaluated the proposals against the selection criteria and found all nine of them suitable for being invited to present their projects in person. Following the presentations, the panel ranked the projects and proposed to the minister for science policy coordination to fund each of them.

The minister then decided to select the following nine outstanding project proposals for funding with a total grant amount of HUF 2.56 billion.


Funding organisation: NRDI Office
Source: NRDI Fund
Date of decision: 10 March 2020

Evaluation panel
Project code
Principal investigator/Project title/Research organisation
Project period
Amount of awarded funds
(in HUF thousands)
'Frontline' Research Excellence Programme 133807 Gábor Tamás: Functional microcircuits of identified neurons in the human and rodent cerebral cortex (University of Szeged) 60 300000
'Frontline' Research Excellence Programme 133819 Imre Bárány: Combinatorics in Geometry and Number Theory (Alfréd Rényi Institute of Mathematics) 60 297684
'Frontline' Research Excellence Programme 133827 Géza Tóth: Entanglement detection and quantum metrology in quantum optical systems (Wigner Research Centre for Physics) 60 290341
'Frontline' Research Excellence Programme 133837 Tamás Freund: Subcortical control of fear memory (Institute of Experimental Medicine) 60 300000
'Frontline' Research Excellence Programme 133839 Péter Batáry: Biodiversity under agricultural and urbanization constrains (Centre for Ecological Research) 60 269864
'Frontline' Research Excellence Programme 133846 Gábor Stépán: Simulation and Emulation Framework for Vibration Attenuation of Milling Machines Based on Optimized Edge Geometry and Mechanical Contacts (Budapest University of Technology and Economics) 60 300000
'Frontline' Research Excellence Programme 133864 János Pach: Low Dimensional Combinatorics (Alfréd Rényi Institute of Mathematics) 60 295200
'Frontline' Research Excellence Programme 133871 Antal Berényi: Proactive neuromodulation - Preventing symptomatic development of disorders by prediction based closed-loop brain stimulation (University of Szeged) 60 298115
'Frontline' Research Excellence Programme 133921 Balázs Szegedy: Stucture, chaos and simplification (Alfréd Rényi Institute of Mathematics) 60 212258
Updated: 09 October 2020
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