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New National Excellence Programme – Call for Research Scholarship Applications for PhD Students
Date of announcement: 19 april 2021
Next deadline for submission:
Deadline for E-submission: 20 may 2021
20 may 2021
Deadline for application via post office:
Submitter of proposal
Private person
Beneficiary groups
Other, e.g. a private person
HUF 1 000 000 000
Number of applications
Funds available per project
HUF 100 000/month/person
Project duration
5, 7,12 months
Field of research activity
Fundamental research
The call supports the research and creative activity and professional development of doctoral students and candidates showing outstanding academic or artistic performance with the expected result of a remarkable high quality publication or other scientific, technical or artistic work in the specific discipline while also preparing for writing the doctoral thesis (PhD, DLA).

Eligible applicants: In Category I: talented students in the first two years of their doctoral training. In Category II: talented students in the second two years of their doctoral training.

Available budget: Up to HUF 1,000,000,000

Eligible activities: Scholarship (in any discipline)

Foreseen number of funded applications: Up to 595 persons.

Grant period: Academic year 2021/2022

Grant disbursement period: 5, 7 or 12 months

Assessor of applications and/or proposer of grantees: Host higher education institution

Submission deadline for application: 20 April 2021 – 20 May 2021

Grant report: At the end of the grant period applicants are required to submit a technical report. No financial report is needed.    

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.

New National Excellence Programme calls for applications in academic year 2021/2022 – funded institutions
In academic year 2021/2022, through the National Research, Development and Innovation Office, the Ministry for Innovation and Technology launches an open call for applications under the New National Excellence Programme (hereinafter: ÚNKP) to be funded from the National Research, Development and Innovation Fund for winning scholarships under “Research Scholarship Applications for Bachelor Students”, “Research Scholarship Applications for Masters Students”, “Research Scholarship for PhD Students”, “Power Up Science!” Research Scholarship Applications for Doctoral Candidates and Postdoctors and “Power up your Talent!” Research Scholarship for New Higher Education Students.

The ÚNKP supports the training of the next generations of Hungarian researchers and creative artists, helps them to start and stay on a research and artistic career, and provides research funding to internationally outstanding researchers and artists. The scholarship opportunities promote higher education and research excellence by supporting undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students, doctoral candidates, and young researchers and academics who perform effective research and creative activities at the higher education institution. The programme aims to foster scientific research and innovation taking researcher and creative excellence into consideration on all scientific and artistic areas.

Before the call deadline, a total of 4,285 applications were received by 24 host higher education institutions involved in the programme. Following the assessment of the applications by such institutions, scholarships were granted to 1,869 applicants with the approval of the Ministry for Innovation and Technology. A total of HUF 3,496,758,798 was granted in funds covering the scholarships and an operating and research funding corresponding to 40% of the total of scholarships granted to the winning applicants of host higher education institutions.

Institutional decision list for the New National Excellence Programme 2021/2022

Funding organisation: Ministry for Innovation and Technology
Source: NRDI Fund
Date of decision: 16 August 2021

Name of higher education institution Number of funded projects
Amount of funding
(scholarships+institutional 40%, HUF)
Állatorvostudományi Egyetem 19 35 000 000
Budapesti Corvinus Egyetem 52 107 940 000
Budapesti Gazdasági Egyetem 6 8 408 733
Budapesti Műszaki és Gazdaságtudományi Egyetem 182 378 280 000
Debreceni Egyetem 221 422 100 000
Eötvös Loránd Tudományegyetem  348 663 320 190
Eszterházy Károly Egyetem 16 29 260 000
Károli Gáspár Református Egyetem 21 36 820 000
Liszt Ferenc Zeneművészeti Egyetem 24 37 380 000
Magyar Agrár- és Élettudományi Egyetem 121 192 080 000
Magyar Képzőművészeti Egyetem 22 23 380 000
Miskolci Egyetem 42 71 097 783
Moholy-Nagy Művészeti Egyetem 18 21 840 000
Nemzeti Közszolgálati Egyetem 45 81 900 000
Óbudai Egyetem 25 43 386 196
Pannon Egyetem 34 57 205 893
Pázmány Péter Katolikus Egyetem 55 93 240 000
Pécsi Tudományegyetem 150 316 260 000
Semmelweis Egyetem 122 284 220 132
Soproni Egyetem 15 19 180 000
Széchenyi István Egyetem 31 56 879 871
Szegedi Tudományegyetem 282 485 380 000
Színház- és Filmművészeti Egyetem 15 27 160 000
Testnevelési Egyetem 3 5 040 000
Sum: 1 869 3 496 758 798
Updated: 08 April 2022
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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.


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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 2021 calls for domestic RDI proposals financed from the NRDI Fund are set out in the annual Programme Strategy adopted by the Government.
(Government Decree 1077/2021. (II. 27.):

The table below shows the calls announced for the period 2021-2027 and their amounts, broken down by year.

2021 (Bn HUF)

Economic Development and Innovation Operational Programme Plusz
136,670 -
National Research, Development and Innovation Fund
ITM Ministry for Innovation and Technology 11 -
RRF Recovery and Resilience Facility 151,621 -
481,583 -

NRF= non-refundable
RF= refundable

Calls for proposals
(Bn HUF)



Support of business RDI activities
Stimulating business research, development and innovation
GINOP Plusz-2.1.2-21
136,67 -
Energetics Calls The implementation of developments for the recovery, storage or market-based use of waste heat through innovative storage or conversion technologies
5 -
The implementation of developments promoting innovative electrochemical storage of surplus carbon-free electricity
6 -
Recovery and Resilience Facility Infrastructure and skills development for practice-oriented higher education
79,956 -
Establishment and complex development of the National Laboratory
71,665 -
Innovation Sub-fund
Support for market-driven RDI projects Support for market-driven RDI projects
2020-1.1.2-PIACI KFI
50 -
KKV Start programme KKV Start Innovation 8 -
Fast track programme Fast track
2 -
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
0,4 -
University Innovation Ecosystema
University Innovation Ecosystem
2019-1.2.1-EGYETEMI ÖKO
2 -
International programmes 2021-1.2.2-EU_KKV (100 M HUF); 2020-1.2.3-EUREKA (1,4 Bn HUF); 2019-2.1.7-ERA-NET (~1,7 Bn HUF); 2019-2.1.3-NEMZ_ECSEL (350 M HUF); 2019-2.1.2-NEMZ (453 M HUF); 2020-1.2.1-GYAK (50 M HUF); 2021-1.2.1-EIT-KIC (500 M HUF); 2021-1.2.4-TÉT (200 M HUF); 2021-1.2.5-TÉT-IPARI-RU (160 M HUF) 4,5 -
Market entry
Market entry 1 -
Investment in the future Fund Investment in the future
7 -
Alkalmazott kutatói hálózat fejlesztése Participation in the National Network of Applied Research Institutes
1,63 -
Research Sub-fund

Thematic Excellence Programme 2021 Thematic Excellence Programme
75 -
New National Excellence Programme New National Excellence Programme – Call for Research Scholarship Applications for Undergraduate Students
0,60 -
New National Excellence Programme – Call for Research Scholarship Applications for Graduate Students
New National Excellence Programme – Call for Research Scholarship Applications for PhD Students
1 -
New National Excellence Programme – “Power Up Science!” Call for Research Scholarship Applications for Doctoral Candidate sand Postdoctors
0,832 -
New National Excellence Programme – Call for Scholarship Applications for Bolyai+ Higher Education Teachers and Researchers
1,40 -
New National Excellence Programme – “Power up your Talent!” Call for Research Scholarship Applications for New Higher Education Students
0,168 -
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
13 -
Patronage Programme Science Patronage Programme
1 -
Funding for research groups with achievements of internationally outstanding impact Funding for research groups with achievements of internationally outstanding impact
1 -
Forefront – Research Excellence Programme Forefront – Research Excellence Programme
3 -
Cooperative Doctoral Programme Cooperative Doctoral Programme
8,762 -
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