In the period 2020-2024, the NRDI Office allocates a combined budget of HUF 4,8 billion for the postdoctoral sub-programme (PD_20) and the young researchers’ sub-programme (FK_20) from the NRDI Fund.
Amount of funding
According to the call, HUF 25.5 million for maximum 36 months can be requested for each project. If the duration of the project is shorter, requested funding should be decreased on a pro rata temporis basis. Apart from remuneration and related taxes payable by the employer, certain tangible costs are also eligible, as well as overhead costs up to 20%. The eligible amount of full-time researcher’s salary is HUF 380,000 gross per month. The implementation of PD type projects cannot involve participating researchers, however technical staff and students are allowed.
Duration of the project
The maximum project duration is 36 months. Projects shall commence between 1 September and 1 December 2020. The earliest date for reporting costs is the project start date specified in the funding agreement.
Submission of applications
Complying with its legal obligation, the NRDI Office enables applicants to submit their applications exclusively electronically. In this case, the documents required in Point “J” of the call to be submitted by regular mail / with electronic signature must be signed electronically as specified in Point “J” of the call and attached to the application on the Online Application Portal by the deadline for electronic submission, that is, by 18 February 2020. at 16:00 (CET).
Please note that all documents required to be submitted by regular mail/with electronic signature must be submitted in the same way, that is, all documents must be submitted to the NRDI Office either by regular mail or electronically provided with electronic signature.
In the case of regular mail, the submission is successful if the proposal was finalised electronically by the applicant and approved by the head of the host institution by the deadline for E-submission, and the documents required in Point “J” of the call were submitted by regular mail to the Customer Service of the NRDI Office by the deadline. In the case of electronic submission, the submission is successful if the proposal was finalised electronically by the applicant and approved by the head of the host institution by the deadline for E-submission, and the electronically signed versions of the documents required in Point “J” of the call were submitted by regular mail / with electronic signature through the Online Application Portal.
All applications must be submitted in English irrespective of the field of science. Applications in Hungarian are only allowed on the basis of prior approval (so-called Hungaricum permission) requested by no later than 30 January 2020.
Principal investigators can apply jointly with the host institution which has to be a Hungarian based
- higher education institution, research centre, research institution, budgetary organ or an institution thereof having legal personality if it qualifies as a research organisation under the law;
- business company which has at least two completed business years, maintains double-entry accounting and is not subject to small taxpayers’ itemized lump sum tax (KATA), if engaged in R&D activities; or
- non-profit organisation if it qualifies as a research organisation under the law.
Throughout the entire implementation period the principal investigator shall be a full-time worker of the host institution under an employment contract, civil service contract, works contract or other contract aimed at performing work.
Further eligibility terms for principal investigators
Only those postdoctors are eligible for the funding whose doctoral degree (PhD/DLA) was issued not earlier than 1 January 2015. Researchers with child(ren) born after the date of degree can apply for preferential terms in this respect. Further relief from the rule may be granted in special circumstances, upon individual considerations.
No more than one proposal can be submitted to this call, and FK_20, K_20, ANN_20 or SNN_20 proposals are not allowed in parallel. Awarded postdoctors must undertake to work 80% of their time (FET) on the tasks defined in the project proposal.
Eligible objectives and actions
Project proposals can cover discovery research in any fields of science, regardless of thematic priority, if otherwise the application meets the conditions laid down in the call. Those actions are eligible which aim to achieve the key objectives developed on the basis of the research and work plan specified in the proposal, in any field of science and set out in the research project plan submitted to the NRDI Office.
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.
Of the proposals submitted for the postdoctoral excellence programme, accepting the recommendation of the decision preparation bodies, the deputy secretary of state for innovation, vested with this responsibility by the minister for science policy coordination, decided to grant support to 64 research project proposals in the following breakdown by scientific field:
|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||76||18||1 763 404||427 735|
|Council of Physical Sciences||78||18||1 911 288||449 418|
|Council of Complex Environmental Sciences||48||13||1 176 826||327 604|
|Council of Medical and Biological Sciences||63||15||1 562 202||381 667|
|Sum||265||64||6 413 720||1 586 424|
Funding organisation: NRDI Office
Source: NRDI Fund
Date of decision: 26 August 2020
||Principal investigator/Project title/Research organisation
|Amount of awarded funds
(in HUF thousands)
|Postdoctoral proposals – ÉTTK||134416||Anita Bajusz-Rácz: Development of novel machine learning models for drug safety predictions (Research Center of Natural Sciences)||36||25 316|
|Postdoctoral proposals - BTTK||134668||Jeremiás Máté Balogh: Analysing the Environmental Effects of International Agro-food Trade (Corvinus University of Budapest)||36||19 287|
|Postdoctoral proposals - OBTK||134799||Mirella Barboni: Oculomotor modulation and visual performance in adult ophthalmic patients (Semmelweis University)||36||25 407|
|Postdoctoral proposals – KKTK||135300||Veronika Barta: Solar flare effects on the lower ionosphere as seen by ionosonde data (Research Centre for Astronomy and Earth Sciences)||36||24 923|
|Postdoctoral proposals - OBTK||135587||Arindam Bhattacharjee: Studying the role of selective autophagy in Drosophila health and neurodegeneration (Biological Research Centre Szeged)||36||25 500|
|Postdoctoral proposals – ÉTTK||135121||Márton Bojtár: Synthesis and application of conditionally activatable photolabile linkers for light controlled targeted delivery of bioactive molecules (Research Center of Natural Sciences)||36||25 407|
|Postdoctoral proposals - OBTK||135447||Tamás Csizmadia: The role of ubiquitin in the secretory granule crinophagic degradation in Drosophila (Eötvös Loránd University)||36||25 000|
|Postdoctoral proposals – ÉTTK||134579||András Deák: Magnetic interactions and chemical disorder in complex magnets (Budapest University of Technology and Economics)||36||25 239|
|Postdoctoral proposals – KKTK||134242||Péter Dobosy: Study of iodine accumulation and translocation processes of plants cultivated in hydroponic system (Centre for Ecological Research)||36||25 407|
|Postdoctoral proposals – ÉTTK||134921||Gabriella Dravecz: Production and investigation of single photon source nanocrystals doped with rare earth metals (Wigner Research Centre for Physics)||36||23 396|
|Postdoctoral proposals - BTTK||135322||Anita Fajt: Hungarian Relations of German Baroque Literary Societies and their Members in Hungary (University of Szeged)||36||25 182|
|Postdoctoral proposals - OBTK||135193||Tünde Fekete: Exploring the modulatory effects of phytochemicals on human dendritic cell mediated immune responses (University of Debrecen)||36||25 497|
|Postdoctoral proposals - OBTK||134196||Richárd Fiáth: Investigation of spontaneous and evoked propagating slow waves in the thalamocortical network during sleep and anesthesia (Research Center of Natural Sciences)||36||25 500|
|Postdoctoral proposals – KKTK||134414||Nolwenn Fresneau: Integrative approach to unravel demographical and behavioural drivers of male-biased sex ratio and sex-role reversal in the Pheasant-tailed jacana (University of Pannonia)||36||25 395|
|Postdoctoral proposals - BTTK||135050||Judit Gál: The Place of Dalmatia in the Kingdom of Hungary in the Angevin Era (Eötvös Loránd University)||36||24 687|
|Postdoctoral proposals – ÉTTK||134430||Norbert Geier: Experimental investigation of chip removal mechanisms in the drilling of carbon fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP) composites (Budapest University of Technology and Economics)||36||25 483|
|Postdoctoral proposals - BTTK||134768||Márton Gerő: Civil society, enemy images and redistribution: The interplay between structural factors and political action in the process of de-democratization. (Eötvös Loránd University)||36||25 467|
|Postdoctoral proposals – ÉTTK||134449||András Gézsi: Heterogeneous data- and knowledge fusion to support genomic analyses (Budapest University of Technology and Economics)||36||25 307|
|Postdoctoral proposals – ÉTTK||135324||Zsófia Hegedűs: Target assisted evolution of foldameric ligands against the p300/HIF-1alpha interaction (University of Szeged)||36||25 500|
|Postdoctoral proposals – ÉTTK||134625||László Himics: Creation and investigation of quantum emitters in nanodiamond structures (Wigner Research Centre for Physics)||36||25 495|
|Postdoctoral proposals - BTTK||134206||László Horváth: The impact of digital transformation on the dynamics of the skills ecosystem in the education sector (Eötvös Loránd University)||36||25 397|
|Postdoctoral proposals - BTTK||135048||Szilvia Horváth: Conflict and association: A theory of politics in a time of democratic crisis (Eötvös Loránd University)||36||23 706|
|Postdoctoral proposals – ÉTTK||135169||Mónika Kéri: "In situ" structural study of environmental adsorbents with non-conventional NMR methods (University of Debrecen)||36||25 287|
|Postdoctoral proposals - BTTK||134775||Anna Kohári: Longitudinal study of infant-directed speech using multimodal methods (Research Institute for Linguistics)||36||22 571|
|Postdoctoral proposals - BTTK||134984||Veronika Konok: Short- and long-term effects of digital device use in preschool children (Eötvös Loránd University)||36||25 491|
|Postdoctoral proposals – KKTK||134707||Renáta Kopena: Migratory syndrome in the seed beetle (Callosobruchus maculatus) (Centre for Ecological Research)||36||25 436|
|Postdoctoral proposals - BTTK||134389||Melinda Köteles-Szőke: The Charters of King St. Stephen and Their Analysis from the Perspective of Historical Linguistics (Office for Research Groups Attached to Universities and Other Institutions)||36||23 127|
|Postdoctoral proposals – ÉTTK||134784||Levente Kriskovics: Stellar spot temperatures across the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram (Research Centre for Astronomy and Earth Sciences)||36||24 131|
|Postdoctoral proposals – KKTK||134467||Dániel Krüzselyi: Antimicrobial compounds from basidiomycetous macrofungi for plant protection (Centre for Agricultural Research)||36||25 239|
|Postdoctoral proposals - OBTK||134858||Péter István Kulcsár: Characterizing the ranking between increased fidelity SpCas9 nucleases and target sequences (Research Center of Natural Sciences)||36||25 497|
|Postdoctoral proposals - BTTK||135530||Edit Lantos: Western educational opportunities of Hungarian architects between 1945 and 1968. The impact of international architectural literature on Hungarian architecture of the period (Research Centre for the Humanities)||36||22 611|
|Postdoctoral proposals - OBTK||134791||Erika Lisztes: Regulatory function of dermal TRPV4 in human cutaneous regeneration (University of Debrecen)||36||25 497|
|Postdoctoral proposals – KKTK||134832||Dunja Lukic: Food webs of temporary ponds (Centre for Ecological Research)||36||25 496|
|Postdoctoral proposals - OBTK||135611||Tamás Maruzs: Investigating the function of Drosophila Snazarus in endosomal trafficking (Biological Research Centre Szeged)||36||25 500|
|Postdoctoral proposals - BTTK||134685||Rudolf Tamás Metz: Populist Leaders in the Eyes of their Followers. Follower-Centric Explanation and Examination of Contemporary Populist Politics (Center for Social Sciences)||36||25 443|
|Postdoctoral proposals - OBTK||135510||András Micsonai: Protein structure modelling based on experimental, chiroptical spectroscopic data (Eötvös Loránd University)||36||25 497|
|Postdoctoral proposals - BTTK||134849||Mónika Barbara Miklósi: DEVELOPMENT OF A TECHNOLOGY-ASSISTED BEHAVIORAL PARENT TRAINING PROGRAM FOR PREVENTION AND TREATMENT OF ATTENTION DEFICIT/HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER AND COMORBID DISRUPTIVE BEHAVIORS (Eötvös Loránd University)||36||25 386|
|Postdoctoral proposals – KKTK||134241||Zsanett Mikó: Lethal and sublethal ecotoxicological effects of two pyrethriod insecticides widely used in agriculture and in mosquito control on amphibians (Centre for Agricultural Research)||36||25 473|
|Postdoctoral proposals – KKTK||135396||Kata Molnár: Establishing the (U-Th)/He geochronological method at the Institute for Nuclear Research (Institute for Nuclear Research)||36||25 287|
|Postdoctoral proposals – ÉTTK||134542||Tamás Gábor Molnár: Bridging time delay systems and neural networks (Budapest University of Technology and Economics)||36||25 419|
|Postdoctoral proposals – ÉTTK||134434||Andrea Nagy: Numerical Simulation of Weird Stellar Explosions (University of Szeged)||36||23 607|
|Postdoctoral proposals - OBTK||135102||Gergely Nagy: Examination of the macrophage-specific enhancer grammar using next-generation sequencing methods (University of Debrecen)||36||25 470|
|Postdoctoral proposals – ÉTTK||134953||Zoltán Lóránt Nagy: Extremal graph problems with algebraic and probabilistic methods (Office for Research Groups Attached to Universities and Other Institutions)||36||22 506|
|Postdoctoral proposals - OBTK||135132||Csilla Emese Németh: Investigating the influence of Vitamin D signaling in Marfan syndrome (Semmelweis University)||36||25 491|
|Postdoctoral proposals - OBTK||134818||Eszter Németh: Amplification of the mutant EGFR gene: molecular mechanism and role in therapeutic resistance (Research Center of Natural Sciences)||36||25 497|
|Postdoctoral proposals - BTTK||134398||Eszter Neumann: The growing role of the churches in public education and policy-making (Center for Social Sciences)||36||25 156|
|Postdoctoral proposals - OBTK||134324||Kinga Nyíri: Investigation of protein and peptide type inhibitors of the human dUTPase (Budapest University of Technology and Economics)||36||25 407|
|Postdoctoral proposals – ÉTTK||134976||Mátyás Imre Pápai: Manipulation of excited-state relaxation pathways in functional transition metal complexes (Wigner Research Centre for Physics)||36||25 500|
|Postdoctoral proposals - BTTK||134900||Szilárd Rácz: The development processes of Central and Southeast European cities (Centre for Economic and Regional Studies)||36||19 989|
|Postdoctoral proposals - OBTK||134837||Katalin Skrapits: Unraveling the role of kisspeptin neurons in the human rostral hypothalamus (Institute of Experimental Medicine)||36||25 500|
|Postdoctoral proposals – KKTK||135143||Zoltán Soltész: Mosquitoes in double role: pollinators and virus vectors (Centre for Ecological Research)||36||25 264|
|Postdoctoral proposals - BTTK||134712||Eszter Soós: A Germanic group in northern Pannonia in the early Roman Period. The complex archaeological analysis of the cemetery from Vinár-Cseralja (University of Pécs)||36||23 727|
|Postdoctoral proposals - OBTK||134195||Zoltán Szittner: Novel biophysical methods for surface-coupled antigen detection by leukocytes (Centre for Energy Research)||36||25 407|
|Postdoctoral proposals - BTTK||134910||János Gábor Tarbay: The Technology, Use and Manipulation of Weapons from the Late Bronze Age Transdanubia (Hungarian National Museum)||36||25 145|
|Postdoctoral proposals – ÉTTK||135034||István Timári: Development of novel NMR methods for improving structure elucidation of biologically or catalytically active molecules (University of Debrecen)||36||25 500|
|Postdoctoral proposals – KKTK||134302||Flóra Tinya: Forest regeneration in artificial gaps – Ecological evidences for continuous cover forestry and conservation-oriented forest management (Centre for Ecological Research)||36||25 497|
|Postdoctoral proposals – ÉTTK||135800||Casey Tompkins: Extremal problems in hypergraph theory and geometry (Alfréd Rényi Institute of Mathematics)||36||25 421|
|Postdoctoral proposals – KKTK||134284||Liliána Tóth: Biofungicide and bioactivator potential of novel defensin-like proteins from Solanum lycopersicum L. (University of Szeged)||36||24 531|
|Postdoctoral proposals – ÉTTK||134758||Endre Tóvári: Quantum electronics in coupled superconductor-2DEG hybrides (Budapest University of Technology and Economics)||36||25 500|
|Postdoctoral proposals - BTTK||134469||László Dávid Törő: The debate between Austrian and Hungarian historical writing about Western-Hungary/Burgenland (1918-1945) (University of Debrecen)||36||20 367|
|Postdoctoral proposals – ÉTTK||135037||Gergely Tihamér Török: Investigation of the effects of morphodynamic processes induced by wing dams on high water levels in rivers (Office for Research Groups Attached to Universities and Other Institutions)||36||25 404|
|Postdoctoral proposals – KKTK||134483||Bálint Üveges: Toxic invaders: Adaptation in the poison and venom production of introduced animals (Centre for Agricultural Research)||36||25 407|
|Postdoctoral proposals - BTTK||135651||Anna Varga: Environment and society transformation of common forest and pasture use in the 18th and 19th Century and 19th centuries and its contemporary effects in Southern Transdanubia (University of Pécs)||36||24 996|
|Postdoctoral proposals – KKTK||134985||Ernő Vincze: Effects of urbanization on the behaviour of wild animals towards humans (University of Pannonia)||36||24 249|
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