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2022 winners of the “OTKA” postdoctoral excellence programme (PD_22)
Winners of the “OTKA” postdoctoral excellence programme (PD_22)
14 September 2022
Modified: 14 September 2022
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This year’s “OTKA” postdoctoral excellence programme (PD_22) granted support to 74 early-stage researchers with doctoral degrees for their wages and research-related costs for a period of three years with a total budget of approximately HUF 2 billion.

The scheme proportionally fits in the domestic portfolio of competitive calls and aims to co-finance the employment costs of researchers, who have recently obtained their doctoral degrees, thus helping them to stay in research and build a career by joining a research group and cooperating with experienced researchers in Hungary.

The postdoctoral excellence project proposals were reviewed by anonymous reviewers against the criteria indicated in the call notice, with the involvement of expert panels and specialised scientific councils. The Deputy Secretary of State for Innovation, acting on a proposal from the councils responsible for decision preparation and as designated by the Minister for Science Policy Coordination, has decided to support 74 postdoc research projects, distributed by discipline as follows:

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 78 20 1 947 310 524 649
Council of Physical Sciences 91 18 2 505 519 490 276
Council of Complex Environmental Sciences 59 17 1 621 903 466 606
Council of Medical and Biological Sciences 73 19 2 035 628 533 591
Total 301 74 8 110 360 2 015 122


Funding organisation: Ministry of Culture and Innovation
Source: NRDI Fund
Date of decision: 31 August 2022

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 143603 Szilárd Tóth: The boundaries of the political community: republican perspectives (Center for Social Sciences) 36 23 448
Economics 142198 András József Tóth: Sustainable school catering - Reduction of school food waste and modelling the reuse of unserved food (Indere Institute for Food System Research and Innovation Ltd.) 36 28 131
Economics 142547 Balázs Páger: The role of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the survival of new firms and in shaping the entrepreneurial activity (Centre for Economic and Regional Studies) 36 23 655
Economics 142585 Roland Molontay: Decision support in higher education using machine learning and econometric methods (Budapest University of Technology and Economics) 36 28 488
Economics 142593 Marcell Tamás Kurbucz: Development and application of a linear law-based method for causality analysis and price prediction (Wigner Research Centre for Physics) 36 26 855
Economics 142873 Fatma ASLAN: Complex Collective Decision Problems (Budapest University of Technology and Economics) 36 28 356
Literature 142174 Ágnes Dóbék: Literary and scientific patronage – Italian influence and Hungarian-Italian cultural relations in Hungary in the environment of the ecclesiastical aristocracy (1750–1800) (Research Centre for the Humanities) 36 27 232
Literature 142392 Tiziano Tubay: Pietro Ranzano, an Italian Humanist at the Court of King Matthias Corvinus: Hungarian History from the perspective of the Epithoma and the Annales (Library and Information Centre of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences) 36 28 440
Culture 143034 Beáta Bálizs: The red-white-green unfolding from texts. Corpus research and cultural history (University of Pécs) 36 28 482
Linguistics 142317 Ágnes Kalivoda: The emergence of preverb constructions in Hungarian: a corpus-driven approach (Hungarian Research Centre for Linguistics) 36 23 318
Psychology and Education 142382 Henrietta File-Bolló: The dog as a model for studying attentional bias in humans (Research Center of Natural Sciences) 36 28 341
Psychology and Education 143491 Krisztián Viktor Kasos: Investigation of the cognitive and physiological aspects of the anxiety-reducing effects of biofeedback. (Eötvös Loránd University) 36 25 272
Psychology and Education 143535 Katalin Oláh: The role of attachment style in spontaneous and controlled theory of mind processes (Eötvös Loránd University) 36 28 210
Archeology 143078 Bence Simon: Cultivation, society, rural life. The north-western hinterland of Aquincum (Eötvös Loránd University) 36 28 496
Society 142319 Dóra Gábriel: Silver economy in the making – Local and transnational actors in Hungary (Centre for Economic and Regional Studies) 24 17 776
Society 142389 Luca Sára Bródy: Civic strategies and local development: the restructuring of social integration (Centre for Economic and Regional Studies) 36 18 505
Society 142793 Judit Gárdos: Explanation in sociology in the 21st century. An empirical research. (Center for Social Sciences) 36 27 968
History 142230 Heléna Huhák: Survival in Diaries and Personal Documents: Everyday Life of Hungarian Jewish Deportees in Concentration and Forced Labor Camps (1944–1945) (Research Centre for the Humanities) 36 28 497
History 142913 Janka Kovács: The Beginnings of the Institutionalization of Psychiatry in Hungary between 1830 and 1868: Spaces, Practices, and Actors (Research Centre for the Humanities) 36 27 681
History 143587 Benedek Varga: A felvilágosodás krízise: August Ludwig Schlözer és Kelet-Közép-Európa a forradalmak korában (Research Centre for the Humanities) 35 27 498
Physics 142929 Tamás Gombor: Correlation functions in the AdS/CFT duality (Eötvös Loránd University) 36 28 494
Physics 143037 Gábor Piszter: Investigation, targeted modification, and application of biological photonic nanoarchitectures as functional biotemplates (Centre for Energy Research) 36 28 485
Physics 143160 István Máté Szécsényi: Entanglement and non-locality in quantum field theories (Budapest University of Technology and Economics) 36 28 455
Physics 143226 Gyula Bencédi: Investigating small-system collectivity with identified particles using the LHC Run 3 data (Wigner Research Centre for Physics) 36 28 479
Engineering, Metallurgy, Architecture and Transport Sciences 142254 Kálmán Klapcsik: Acoustic cavitation control by reinforcement learning (Budapest University of Technology and Economics) 36 22 753
Engineering, Metallurgy, Architecture and Transport Sciences 142307 Dorina Kovács: Lifetime prediction of rolling surfaces (Budapest University of Technology and Economics) 36 28 322
Engineering, Metallurgy, Architecture and Transport Sciences 142720 Tamás Baranyai: Geometric Strength of Materials (Budapest University of Technology and Economics) 36 25 551
Informatics and Electrical Engineering 143129 Gergely Firtha: Virtualization of reverberant acoustic environments (Budapest University of Technology and Economics) 36 26 139
Informatics and Electrical Engineering 143599 Dániel Fényes: Vehicle-oriented observer design via combining classical and learning-based approaches (Computer and Automation Research Institute  HAS) 36 28 243
Chemistry 1 142293 Ágota Imre-Deák: Synthesis and characterization of nanoparticle/polymer coatings with long-lasting antimicrobial and antiviral properties (University of Szeged) 36 26 646
Chemistry 1 142372 Dávid Mester: Accurate excited-state properties for large molecules (Budapest University of Technology and Economics) 36 28 425
Chemistry 1 142580 János Sarka: Pushing the limits of rovibrational molecular spectroscopy computations (Eötvös Loránd University) 36 28 497
Chemistry 1 143320 Andrea Molnár Csabáné Dr. Rónavári: Effect of carbon-based nanostructures on the aerobic granular sludge wastewater treatment process (University of Szeged) 36 28 378
Chemistry 2 142301 Edit Hirsch: Monitoring and control of modern biopharmaceutical processes with the support of advanced data analysis methods (Budapest University of Technology and Economics) 36 28 368
Chemistry 2 142641 Tímea Kaszás: Investigation of anhydro-aldose oximes' chemical properties (University of Debrecen) 36 28 500
Chemistry 2 142970 Brigitta Nagy: Artificial intelligence-supported quality control of pharmaceutical manufacturing (Budapest University of Technology and Economics) 36 27 077
Chemistry 2 143427 László Petri: Synthesis and application of new, therapeutically relevant bispecific antibody-drug conjugates (Research Center of Natural Sciences) 36 28 341
Mathematics and Computing Science 142154 Petra Renáta Rigó: New trends in research of interior-point algorithms (Corvinus University of Budapest) 36 21 123
Earth sciences 1 142660 Márk Szijártó: Investigation of the coupled age calculation and two- and three-dimensional heat transfer processes from theoretical groundwater flow models to the Buda Thermal Karst system (Eötvös Loránd University) 36 27 882
Earth sciences 1 142953 Dániel Kalmár: Lithospheric and upper mantle structure of the Alpine-Carpathian-Pannonian region: receiver function analysis of seismological data and geodynamic interpretation () 36 26 484
Earth sciences 1 143377 Kristóf Porkoláb: The role of dehydration reactions in triggering intermediate-depth seismicity: development and application of cutting edge numerical models () 36 25 359
Earth sciences 2 142335 Attila Kovács: Climate change impact assessments for sustainable tourism development in Hungary (University of Szeged) 36 23 125
Earth sciences 2 143378 Nóra Skarbit: Adaptation of the PALM-4U urban climate model using the Local Climate Zone system in case of a medium sized city (University of Szeged) 36 23 463
Complex agricultural sciences 142420 Arnold Rácz: The role of diverse photoreceptors in the regulation of physiological and biochemical plant responses during acclimation to ultraviolet radiation (University of Pécs) 36 28 383
Complex agricultural sciences 142628 Júlia Katalin Szilasné Jósvai: Investigation of semiochemicals influencing the orientation of pest insects in order to develop female-targeted (bisexual) baits (Centre for Agricultural Research) 36 28 458
Complex agricultural sciences 143055 Krisztina Pesti: Developing a high throughput electrophysiology screening method for testing insecticides on sodium channels (Centre for Agricultural Research) 36 28 500
Plant and animal breeding 142122 Erika Beáta Bencsik-Kerekes: Utilization of quorum quenchers against food-contaminating yeasts (University of Szeged) 36 28 017
Plant and animal breeding 143382 Áron Péter: Seasonality and host specificity of bat related ectoparasites and pathogens (University of Veterinary Medicine Budapest) 36 28 331
Ecology and evolution 142106 Ivett Ildikó Pipoly: Urbanisation and climate change-driven extreme heat effects on bird reproductive output (University of Pannonia) 36 28 416
Ecology and evolution 142602 Nikoletta Andrea Nagy: Pan-genome of Lethrus apterus, a biparental beetle species (University of Debrecen) 36 28 374
Ecology and evolution 142654 János Ujszegi: Geographic variation in the effects of chytridiomycosis on amphibians: Causes and consequences (Centre for Agricultural Research) 36 28 484
Ecology and evolution 142704 Edina Nemesházi: Fitness-related effects of sex reversal in the agile frog (Centre for Agricultural Research) 36 28 499
Ecology and evolution 143107 Tamara Szentiványi: Anthropogenic activities on invasive mosquitoes and mosquito-borne parasites: patterns of community structure, insecticide resistance, host choice, and parasite distribution (Centre for Ecological Research) 36 28 413
Ecology and evolution 143139 Judit Abdai: Ethological approach to develop artificial social agents (Eötvös Loránd University) 36 28 113
Ecology and evolution 143425 Réka Fekete: The role of roadsides in the preservation of the native flora (University of Debrecen) 36 28 305
Physiology, Pathophysiology, Pharmacology and Endocrinology 143241 Renáta Szabó: Examination and therapeutic approach of the oxidative and inflammatory background of fertility-related female and male hormonal disturbances in obese and non-obese rat models: Spotlight on the kisspeptin signaling (University of Szeged) 36 28 467
Physiology, Pathophysiology, Pharmacology and Endocrinology 143327 Éva Pál: Role of vitamin D deficiency in vascular aging (Semmelweis University) 36 28 500
Genetics, Genomics, Bioinformatics and Systems Biology 142838 Milán Somogyvári: Systematic analysis of the Hsp90 interactome in C. elegans (Semmelweis University) 36 28 137
Neurosciences 143380 Ágnes Kandrács: Multidirectional propagation of SPW-R complexes in the rat hippocampus, in vitro (Research Center of Natural Sciences) 36 28 500
Neurosciences 143386 Dániel Kuti: Contribution of the gut microbiome in Parkinson's disease (Institute of Experimental Medicine) 36 28 500
Neurosciences 143582 Domokos Meszéna: Co-localized and simultaneous intra- and extracellular recordings for ground-truthing cellular level neurophysiology (Research Center of Natural Sciences) 36 28 500
Neurosciences 143650 Gergely Szalay: Using 3D optical photostimulation induced artificial perception to investigate the properties of the neuronal ensembles responsible for the perception (Institute of Experimental Medicine) 36 28 488
Immunity, Cancer and Microbiology 142272 Mihály Cserepes: Investigation of cancer chemoresistance mechanisms in PDTX models (National Institute of Oncology) 36 28 440
Immunity, Cancer and Microbiology 142418 Gábor Petővári: Studying the intra- and extracellular presence and the potential tumor biology (associated) role of gamma-aminobutyric acid in human breast cancers (Semmelweis University) 36 28 341
Immunity, Cancer and Microbiology 142930 Anett Türk-Mázló: Exploring the immunoregulation by mesenchymal stromal cells via the modification of cell death processes (University of Debrecen) 36 28 500
Immunity, Cancer and Microbiology 143297 Richárd Kiss: Characterization of the clonal evolution of childhood soft tissue sarcomas and investigation of their therapeutic targets by molecular genetic methods (Semmelweis University) 36 28 500
Clinical Medicine 142288 Kata Kovács: Hydrocortisone therapy during hypothermia treatment in asphyxiated neonates (Semmelweis University) 36 27 880
Clinical Medicine 143698 Péter Endre Éltes: PASCAL: Patient-Specific Cervical Alignment restoration using in silico biomechanical methods (Buda Health Center) 36 28 272
Molecular and Structural Biology and Biochemistry 142287 Dávid Dóra: The role of the extracellular matrix and the immune microenvironment in the pathogenesis of colitis associated neuroinflammation and dysmotility (Semmelweis University) 36 28 455
Molecular and Structural Biology and Biochemistry 142709 Veronika Zámbó: Investigation of natural mutations and transcriptional control of a human stearoyl-CoA desaturase isoenzyme (SCD5) predominant in the central nervous system (Semmelweis University) 36 26 742
Molecular and Structural Biology and Biochemistry 143438 Nia Zlatkova Petrova: Revealing photosynthetic mechanisms supporting high electric current  production in green microalgae (Biological Research Centre Szeged) 36 28 200
Cellular and Developmental Biology 142943 Attila Boda: Exploring the molecular mechanisms of autophagosome positioning (Eötvös Loránd University) 36 28 500
Cellular and Developmental Biology 143268 András Kincses: Electrical Impedance-Based Characterization of Sub- and Supracellular Structures by Microfluidic Lab-on-a-Chip Methods (Biological Research Centre Szeged) 36 26 542
Cellular and Developmental Biology 143786 Tibor Kovács: Novel regulatory points for autophagy activation in Drosophila neurodegenerative and ageing models (Eötvös Loránd University) 36 26 127
Updated: 14 September 2022
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