Eligible applicants: In Category I: talented students in the +1 year of their doctoral training (complex exam completed, pre-degree certificate obtained). In Category II: postdoctors who obtained their PhD/DLA degrees after 1 January 2018.
Available budget: Up to HUF 832,000,000
Eligible activities: Scholarship (in any discipline)
Foreseen number of funded applications: Up to 247 persons.
Grant period: Academic year 2021/2022
Grant disbursement period: 6 or 12 months in Category I; 12 months in Category II..
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.
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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|
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 email@example.com
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