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Science Patronage Programme
Date of announcement: 24 april 2024
Modified:
Next deadline for submission:
Deadline for E-submission: 28 may 2024 16:00
28 may 2024
Deadline for application via post office:
Submitter of proposal
Budgetary institution, Enterprise, Non-profit organisation
Beneficiary groups
Institution of higher education, Other budgetary research institution, Enterprise-based research organisation, Non-profit research organisation, HUN-REN Hungarian Research Network
Budget
HUF 1 000 000 000
Number of applications
155-240
Funds available per project
HUF 0,25M - 35M
Project duration
max. 12 months
Field of research activity
Fundamental research
Evaluator of proposals
NRDI Office
The primary objective of the call for proposals launched by the Ministry of Culture and Innovation as the funding body through the National Research, Development and Innovation Office as the managing body is to promote the internationalisation of the Hungarian scientific research community and to support science communication and promote open science in Hungary.

The Call is implemented in three sub-programmes:

Sub-programme Name Code number
Sub-programme 1: Participation in a conference abroad MEC_R_24
Sub-programme 2: Organisation of an international conference in Hungary MEC_SZ_24
Sub-programme 3: Promotion of scientific results MEC_N_24

Eligible objectives and actions

The competition is open to all disciplines with the following funding opportunities:

  • participation in already announced international scientific conferences abroad and presentation of research results;
  • organisation of international scientific events and conferences in Hungary (including in particular events related to Hungary’s membership in international research infrastructures);
  • promotion of scientific results in society and citizen science.

Eligible applicants

The Call is open to joint proposals from the host institution that provides the conditions for the research project (hereinafter: Host Institution) and the project leader (hereinafter: Project Leader), provided that they meet the following conditions.

A host institution is eligible if it has legal personality and a registered office and in Hungary, and it is

  • a higher education institution, a research centre, a research institute, a budgetary organ or an institution with legal personality of a budgetary organ, if it qualifies as a research and knowledge-dissemination organisation under Commission Regulation (EU) No 651/2014 of 17 June 2014 (hereinafter: Commission Regulation (EU) No 651/2014);
  • a company with double-entry bookkeeping and two closed financial years, if it carries out research and development activities and qualifies as a research and knowledge-dissemination organisation under Commission Regulation (EU) No 651/2014 (the applicant Host Institution must declare compliance with these criteria to the NRDI Office, which will check the applicant company’s compliance with the research location criterion and its suitability to host the research project);
  • a non-profit organisation if it qualifies as a research and knowledge-dissemination organisations under Commission Regulation (EU) No 651/2014.

Under sub-programme 1, a person who has passed the complex examination required for the award of the doctoral degree and is an active student in a doctoral programme accredited in Hungary, or who obtained the doctoral degree (PhD/DLA) after 1 January 2016 and is employed by the Host Institution, may apply as a Project Leader.

For sub-programme 2 and sub-programme 3, the Project Leader submitting the proposal must be a PhD/DLA holder appointed by the head of the Host Institution.

The applicant Project Leader must be a PhD/DLA holder or a Doctor of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences or a Doctor of Science at the time of application and be affiliated with the Host Institution.

Total budget and the maximum amount of funding

In line with the 2024 programme strategy of the National Research, Development and Innovation Fund, the funding body will provide a total budget of HUF 1 billion from the NRDI Fund to achieve the objectives of the Call, of which HUF 1 billion is available for payments in 2024.
Total expected number of funded projects: 155-240. The number is indicative and may change depending on the requested and awarded amount of funding.
Funding intensity is 100%.

Eligible amounts by sub-programme:

Sub-programme Name Eligible amount/maximum project duration
Sub-programme 1: Participation in a conference abroad HUF 0.25 to 1.5 million/12 months
Sub-programme 2: Organisation of an international conference in Hungary HUF 3 to 15 million/12 months
Sub-programme 3: Promotion of scientific results HUF 10 to 35 million/12 months

Duration of the project

The maximum period for carrying out the action set out in the project proposal is 12 months for each of the three sub-programmes. The period of implementation set out in the award letter may be extended by a maximum of 12 months in total, if duly justified, except for sub-programme 1 (MEC_R_24), where no extension may be requested.

Submission of proposals

Proposals must be submitted in Hungarian. Proposals must be prepared and submitted via the NRDI Office’s Electronic Proposal Management System (EPR) (https://www.otka-palyazat.hu/). Proposals must be submitted electronically only, and no paper copies of any part need be sent to the NRDI Office. The maximum number of proposals per sub-programme is one.

Deadline for submission: 28 May 2024 16:00

Evaluation process

Proposals recommended for funding will be supported up to the amount indicated in the Call, provided that they meet the eligibility, admission and formal criteria and are recommended for funding on the basis of a peer review.

Project implementation

Projects can start between 1 October 2024 and 1 December 2024.

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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