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Research Grant Hungary
Date of announcement: 23 may 2024
Modified:
Next deadline for submission:
Deadline for E-submission: 30 september 2024 16:00
30 september 2024
Deadline for application via post office:
Submitter of proposal
Budgetary institution
Beneficiary groups
Institution of higher education, Other budgetary research institution, HUN-REN Hungarian Research Network
Budget
HUF 6 000 000 000
Number of applications
6-18
Funds available per project
RGH_S: HUF 50-400 M; RGH_L: HUF 100-1000 M
Project duration
RGH_S: 5-24 months; RGH_L: 3-5 years
Field of research activity
Fundamental research
Evaluator of proposals
NRDI Office

The Research Grant Hungary (RGH_24) is a new funding scheme that provides priority support for up to five years to outstanding researchers in the most dynamic creative phase, at the forefront of international science, who are foreign nationals or live and work abroad, and who, as leaders in their field, contribute to Hungary’s development as a regional hub of research, development and innovation by implementing promising research projects. A further objective is to integrate researchers at the forefront of international science in the innovation focal areas defined in the John von Neumann Programme into the innovation ecosystem in Hungary, with the aim of achieving measurable world-class research over the period of the call for proposals. Projects must be implemented in a Hungarian host institution with a compulsory university affiliation.



Under the programme, basic and/or applied research can be carried out in the innovation focal areas defined in the John von Neumann Programme (digital economy and society, healthy living, green transition and circular economy, security and safety), provided that the project proposal complies with the call terms.

The call includes two sub-programmes:

  1. Short-term Research Grant Hungary (RGH_S_24)
  2. Long-term Research Grant Hungary (RGH_L_24)

Total budget

The total budget for the period 2024-2029 is HUF 6 billion, of which HUF 500 million is available for disbursements in 2024.

Duration of the projects

  1. Short-term Research Grant Hungary (RGH_S_24): 5 to 24 months
  2. Long-term Research Grant Hungary (RGH_L_24): 3 to 5 years

The implementation of the funded project must start within 9 months after the decision to funding support, as set out in the funding declaration.

The amount and intensity of funding:

  1. Short-term Research Grant Hungary (RGH_S_24): HUF 50 to 400 million per project
  2. Long-term Research Grant Hungary (RGH_L_24): HUF 100 to 1000 million per project

In addition to staff allowances and employer’s contributions, certain specific material costs are eligible, and 40% of direct costs can be accounted for as general costs (overheads). The earliest date for reporting costs is the project start date specified in the funding declaration.

Eligible applicants

The principal investigator may apply jointly with the host institution, which must be a state-recognised higher education institution, research centre, research institute, budgetary organ or an institution with legal personality of a budgetary organ based in Hungary, provided that it qualifies as a research and knowledge-dissemination organisations within the meaning of Article 2(83) of Commission Regulation (EU) No 651/2014.

Requirements for principal investigators:

  • The application requires a prior recommendation (policy recommendation) that the research and innovation cooperation between the principal investigator and the host institution can contribute to the objectives of the call and to Hungary’s development as a regional RDI hub. This is initiated by the host institution with the Funder.
  • The principal investigator have not been employed as a researcher in Hungary during the 5 years preceding the submission of the proposal.
  • After the funding has been awarded, the principal investigator must be employed by the host institution as a civil servant or other employee (at least 0.4 FTE) and must undertake to stay in Hungary during the project implementation period.

Application for a policy recommendation

The application for a policy recommendation must be completed and submitted using the on-line application tool, accessible via https://kfivelemeny.nkfih.gov.hu/, after registration and login, as described in the instructions for completing the application for an RDI policy recommendation.

Submission of proposals

Proposals must be submitted in English. Proposals must be prepared and submitted via the NRDI Office’s Electronic Proposal Management System (EPR) (https://www.otka-palyazat.hu/). Only one proposal can be submitted per sub-programme.

In the case of electronic submission, a proposal is considered to have been submitted if it has been finalised electronically by the principal investigator, approved by the head of the host institution and accompanied in the Proposal Administration and Evaluation System by the electronically signed documents required in section K of the call to be submitted by post/electronic signature.

In the case of submission by post, a proposal is considered to have been submitted if it has been finalised electronically by the applicant, approved by the head of the host institution and the documents required in section K of the call to submitted by post have been sent to the NRDI Office’s customer service address within 7 calendar days of the electronic submission.

The electronic submission of the proposal will be possible from the opening of the online application form until 30 September 2024, 16:00 (CET).

Download document: Research Grant Hungary Programme - Call for poropsals (RGH_24) PDF (530 KB)

Customer service contacts:
email: nkfialap@nkfih.gov.hu 
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.

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.

FURTHER INFORMATION

For further information contact at phone +36 1 795 9500 or email at szakerto_regisztracio@nkfih.gov.hu

The NRDI Fund’s Programme Strategy 2024 supports the implementation of the John von Neumann Programme, which focuses on connecting universities, research institutions and the economy. The priority objective of the Programme Strategy 2024 is to contribute to improving the Hungarian performance in the areas of human resources (number of researchers, number of PhD students, number of STEM students in higher education), number and share of innovator enterprises (number and share of SMEs implementing product and/or process innovation) and intellectual property (IP) (patents, trademarks, designs).

The table below shows the calls planned and launched under the NRDI Fund for the period 2021-2024 and their amounts, broken down by year.

  2021 2022 2023 2024
NRDI budget
(Bn HUF)
189,844 89,838 63,779 176,263*
  Name of the scheme/
Call for proposal
(2021)
Budget
(Bn HUF)
Name of the scheme/
Call for proposal
(2022)
Budget
(Bn HUF)
Name of the scheme/
Call for proposal
(2023)
Budget
(Bn HUF)
Name of the scheme/
Call for proposal
(2024)
Budget
(Bn HUF)
Innovation
Sub-fund

2021-2024
Support for market-driven RDI projects
Support for market-driven RDI projects
2020-1.1.2-PIACI KFI
59,06     Support for Innovation Projects in Focus Areas
Support for Innovation Projects in Focus Areas
2023-1.1.1-PIACI_FÓKUSZ
30,149 SME Focal Area Innovation Programme
SME Focal Area Innovation Programme
2024-1.1.1-KKV_FÓKUSZ
50,00
Fast track programme
Fast track
2020-1.1.5-GYORSÍTÓSÁV
3,00 Fast track programme
Fast track
2021-1.1.4-GYORSÍTÓSÁV
12,85 Fast track programme
Fast Track
2023-1.1.2-GYORSÍTÓSÁV
2,00 Spin-off Programme: bringing research results to market
Fast track
2023-1.1.2-GYORSÍTÓSÁV
7,00
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
2020-1.1.3-IPARJOG,
2021-1.1.1-IPARJOG
0,40 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
2020-1.1.3-IPARJOG,
2021-1.1.1-IPARJOG
0,40 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
2020-1.1.3-IPARJOG,
2021-1.1.1-IPARJOG
0,50 Industrial property tender
Support of activities fostering the domestic and international protection of intellectual property with the aim of facilitating the utilisation of such intellectual property
2020-1.1.3-IPARJOG,
2021-1.1.1-IPARJOG
0,50
International programmes
Support for participation in the ECSEL joint EU initiative
2019-2.1.3-NEMZ_ECSEL;
Support for participation in joint EU initiatives
2019-2.1.2-NEMZ;
Funding for Hungarian Summer Internship programmes for hungarian university students studying in the UK, Germany or Austria
2020-1.2.1-GYAK;
Support for Hungarian participation in EIT KIC
2021-1.2.1-EIT-KIC;
Support to bilateral science and technology (S&T) cooperations
2021-1.2.4-TÉT;
Support for Hungarian participation in the applied research and development programme in Hungarian–Russian cooperation
2021-1.2.5-TÉT-IPARI-RU;
Call for proposals: Support of Hungarian organisations successfully participating in joint international ERA-NET COFUND and EJP COFUND programmes
2019-2.1.7-ERA-NET;
Support for Hungarian participation in the EUREKA programme
2020-1.2.3-EUREKA;
Horizon Europe Accelerator booster call
2021-1.2.2-EU_KKV;
Call for proposals to foster Hungarian participation in the Horizon Europe programme and other joint programmes of the European Union
2021-1.2.3-EU_KP;
Support for the use of international and national research infrastructures
2021-4.1.2-NEMZ_KI;
Support for Hungarian participation in the applied research and development programme in Hungarian–Moroccan cooperation
2021-1.2.6-TÉT-IPARI-MA
3,50 International programmes
Call for proposals: Support of Hungarian organisations successfully participating in joint international ERA-NET COFUND and EJP COFUND programmes
2019-2.1.7-ERA-NET;
Support for Hungarian participation in the EUREKA programme
2022-1.2.4-EUREKA;
Horizon Europe Accelerator booster call
2021-1.2.2-EU_KKV;
Call for proposals to foster Hungarian participation in the Horizon Europe programme and other joint programmes of the European Union
2021-1.2.3-EU_KP;
Support for the use of international and national research infrastructures
2021-4.1.2-NEMZ_KI;
Support for Hungarian participation in the applied research and development programme in Hungarian-Turkish cooperation
2022-1.2.6-TÉT-IPARI-TR;
Support for summer internships for Hungarian students studying abroad
2022-1.2.3-GYAK;
Support for Hungarian participation in the applied research and development programme in Hungarian–Uzbek cooperation
2022-1.2.2-TÉT-IPARI-UZ;
Support for Hungarian participation in the applied research and development programme in Hungarian–Korean cooperation
2022-1.2.5-TÉT-IPARI-KR
6,00 International programmes
Call for proposals to foster Hungarian participation in the Horizon Europe programme and other joint programmes of the European Union
2021-1.2.3-EU_KP;
Support for the use of international and national research infrastructures
2021-4.1.2-NEMZ_KI;
Support to bilateral science and technology (S&T) cooperations;
Support for Hungarian participation in the EUREKA programme
2022-1.2.4-EUREKA;
Support for participation in the Horizon Europe Key Digital Technologies (KDT) partnership
2022-1.2.8-KDT;
EUROSTARS: Support for Hungarian participation in the European Partnership on Innovative SMEs
2022-1.2.7-EUROSTARS;
Call for proposals to support Hungarian organisations successfully participating in joint international calls for proposals of ERA-NET COFUND, EJPCOFUND and other multilateral programmes
2023-1.2.1-ERA-NET;
Call for proposals to support Hungarian organisations successfully participating in the joint international calls for proposals of European Partnerships in Horizon Europe
2023-1.2.2-HE_PARTNERSÉG;
Call for project proposals implemented in bilateral science and technology (S&T) cooperation
2023-1.2.4-TÉT
6,10 International programmes
HU-rizon Programme
2024-1.2.3-HU-RIZONT;
Call for project proposals implemented in bilateral science and technology (S&T) cooperation
2024-1.2.5-TÉT;
Call for proposals to support Hungarian organisations successfully participating in joint international calls for proposals of ERA-NET COFUND, EJP COFUND and other multilateral programmes
2024-1.2.2-ERA_NET;
Call for proposals to support Hungarian organisations successfully participating in the joint international calls for proposals of European Partnerships in Horizon Europe
2024-1.2.1-HE_PARTNERSÉG;
Support for Hungarian participation in the EUREKA programme
2024-1.2.6-EUREKA;
Support for participation in the Horizon Europe Key Digital Technologies (KDT) partnership
2024-1.2.4-KDT;
EUROSTARS: Support for Hungarian participation in the European Partnership on Innovative SMEs;
Call for proposals to foster Hungarian participation in the Horizon Europe programme and other joint programmes of the European Union
2021-1.2.3-EU_KP;
Horizon Europe Accelerator booster call (EU_KKV);
Support for active participation in international professional organisations for researchers and research managers (Networking+);
Booster call for the Teaming of Excellence 2025 call;
International cooperation in preparation.
17,155
Announced under international programmes.
(Support for the use of international and national research infrastructures 2021-4.1.2-NEMZ_KI)
  Announced under international programmes.   Announced under international programmes.   Support for the use of international and national research infrastructures
Support for the use of international and national research infrastructures
2021-4.1.2-NEMZ_KI;
0,10
            Large Company Focus Area Innovation Programme
(Call for proposal will be announced later)
15,00
            Innovation Venture Capital Programme
(Call for proposal will be announced later)
9,50
            Development of applied research and innovation services
(Call for proposal will be announced later)
2,50
Investment in the future Fund
Investment in the future
2020-1.1.6-JÖVŐ
7,00            
Development of an applied research network
Participation in the National Network of Applied Research Institutes
2021-1.1.2-AKH
1,63            
University Innovation Ecosystema
University Innovation Ecosystema
2019-1.2.1-EGYETEMI ÖKO
2,46            
KKV Start programme
KKV Start Innovation
2020-1.1.1-KKV START
12,00            
    Centres of excellence
Establishing and developing centres of excellence
2022-1.1.1-KK
20,60        
    Startup Programme
Startup Programme
2022-1.1.2-STARTUP
4,06        
        Incubator Support Scheme
STARTUP FACTORY 2023
2023-1.1.3-STARTUP
5,75    
Research
Sub-fund

2021-2024
Postdoctoral and Young researchers’ excellence programme and Call for thematic research projects ("OTKA")
Postdoctoral and Young researchers’ excellence programme and Call for thematic research projects ("OTKA")
PD_21, FK_21, K_21, ANN_21, SNN_21
12,90 Postdoctoral and Young researchers’ excellence programme and Call for thematic research projects ("OTKA")
Postdoctoral and Young researchers’ excellence programme and Call for thematic research projects ("OTKA")
PD_22, FK_22, K_22, ANN_22, SNN_22
13,50 Postdoctoral and Young researchers’ excellence programme and Call for thematic research projects ("OTKA")
Postdoctoral and Young researchers’ excellence programme and Call for thematic research projects ("OTKA")
PD_23, FK_23, K_23, SNN_23
13,50 Excellence-based research funding
Call for EXCELLENCE research proposals
EXCELLENCE_24
Call for ADVANCED research proposals
ADVANCED_24
Call for STARTING research proposals
STARTING_24
Call for proposals for research projects based on Hungarian-Austrian and Hungarian-Slovenian cooperation
ANN_24, SNN_24
19,00
Forefront – Research Excellence Programme
Forefront – Research Excellence Programme
KKP_21
3,00 Forefront – Research Excellence Programme
Forefront – Research Excellence Programme
KKP_22
3,00    
New National Excellence Programme
ÚNKP-21-1, ÚNKP-21-2, ÚNKP-21-3, ÚNKP-21-4, ÚNKP-21-5, ÚNKP-21-6
4,00 New National Excellence Programme
ÚNKP-22-1, ÚNKP-22-2, ÚNKP-22-3, ÚNKP-22-4, ÚNKP-22-5, ÚNKP-22-6
0,828 New National Excellence Programme
ÚNKP-23-1, ÚNKP-23-2, ÚNKP-23-3, ÚNKP-23-4, ÚNKP-23-5, ÚNKP-23-6
0,710 University Research Scholarship Programme
(scholarships announced by higher education institutions)
10,00
Cooperative Doctoral Programme
Cooperative Doctoral Programme
KDP-2021
4,894     Cooperative Doctoral Programme
Cooperative Doctoral Programme
KDP-2023
5,070
Patronage Programme
Science Patronage Programme
MEC_21
1,00         Science Patronage Programme
Science Patronage Programme
MEC_24
1,00
            Research Grant Hungary
Research Grant Hungary
RGH_S_24, RGH_L_24
6,00
            Pension - matching fund
(Call for proposal will be announced later)
0,244
            Own contribution - matching fund
(Call for proposal will be announced later)
0,264
            Proof of Concept: development potential assessment
(Call for proposal will be announced later)
3,00
Thematic Excellence Programme
(National-Health-Defence)

Thematic Excellence Programme 2021
TKP2021
(The budget includes the HUF 1 billion budget of the National Defence Subprogramme of the Cooperative Doctoral Programme (NDPCP-2021), which is closely linked to the National Defence, National Security Subprogramme of the 2021 Thematic Excellence Programme.)
75,00            
    Building the Selye János Student Lab network
Building the Selye János Student Lab network
2022-3.1.1-DIÁKLABOR
2,00        
National Laboratories Sub-fund
2022
    National Laboratories
Establishment and complex development of the National Laboratories
2022-2.1.1-NL
26,60        

* The total budget of the 2024 Programme Strategy.

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