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Thematic Excellence Programme
Date of announcement: 16 august 2021
Last modified:
Next deadline for submission:
Deadline for E-submission: 22 september 2021 16:00
22 september 2021 16:00
Deadline for application via post office:
Submitter of proposal
Budgetary institution, Non-profit organisation
Beneficiary groups
Institution of higher education, Non-profit research organisation, Institution of the Eötvös Loránd Research Network (ELKH)
HUF 75 000 000 000
Number of applications
15-30 / subprogramme
Funds available per project
HUF 5-2000 M
Project duration
12 momnths, max. 31.12.2025
Field of research activity
Fundamental research, Industrial research, Experimental development, Innovation, Protection of industrial property rights
Evaluator of proposals
NRDI Office
As a continuation of the previous programmes to promote institutional excellence – the Excellence Programme for Higher Education Institutions (FKIP) and the Thematic Excellence Programme (TIP) –, the 2021 Thematic Excellence Programme will provide support for university knowledge centres and research centres for their research, development and innovation activities until the end of 2025.

Eligible applicants

Applications for this call for proposals may be submitted by legal entities established in Hungary and qualified as research and knowledge-dissemination organisations as follows:

  • organisations that have received grant under the TKP 2020 IKA subprogramme,
  • non-state higher education institutions maintained by public interest asset management foundations established by the state, a church and or the Hungarian State or
  • research centres, research institutes, budgetary organs and budgetary entities, budgetary organs and their institutions with legal personality and non-profit organisations.

The call is not open to consortia.

Under this Call, the applicant may apply for a continuation of thematic research funded under the 2020 TKP IKA subprogramme or for new, independent thematic research which, in order to avoid double funding, is not currently fully or partially funded under the TKP 2020 NKA subprogramme running until the end of 2022.

Eligible project objectives

Thematic research projects that can be implemented under three subprogrammes:

  • Health Subprogramme: Medical and veterinary research, drug discovery, biology, biotechnology, chemistry, translational medicine, brain research, cancer research, safe food, clinical research on COVID-19 disease and post-COVID syndrome, etc.
  • National Research Subprogramme: Culture and family; Secure society and environment; Industry and digitalisation.
  • National Defence, National Security Subprogramme: Developing solutions for the protection and security of civilians against hostilities and disasters (e.g. cyber defence, artificial intelligence, sensor technology and signal processing, laser technology, robotics, radio engineering, energy security, cognitive enhancement, personal communication development, developments and research to improve the physical and physiological condition of persons performing tasks in special circumstances, etc.)

Total budget

The total budget is HUF 75 billion (HUF 25 billion per subprogramme), including the Cooperative Doctoral Programme (CDP), closely linked to the TKP National Defence, National Security Subprogramme, with a budget of HUF 1 billion, to be announced as a separate call for proposals, aiming at increasing the number of highly qualified, scientifically skilled personnel in the field of defence R&D and innovation.

Available funds

  • Health Subprogramme: from HUF 50 million up to HUF 2,000 million.
  • National Research Subprogramme: up to HUF 1,000 million.
  • National Defence, National Security Subprogramme: up to HUF 2,000 million.

Project duration

Minimum 12 months but for the period of up to 31 December 2025 at the most.

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.

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

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 -

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 -
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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