The parliamentary and strategic state secretary of the Ministry for Innovation and Technology (ITM) added in a statement on Wednesday that the Government aims to put Hungary at the forefront of science, technology and innovation in Europe by 2030, and one of the flagships of this process is Frontline Programme with a budget of over two billion HUF.
In the Programme supported by the National Research, Development and Innovation Office, the most outstanding researchers can receive up to a total of HUF 300 million in public funding for five years. The initiative will provide longer-term funding for research in Hungarian institutions, to keep the research teams together and to purchase state-of-the-art equipment, Tamás Schanda said.
According to the press release, Levente Tapasztó, head of the Laboratory of Nanostructures at the Institute of Technical Physics and Materials Science at the Centre for Energy Research, and his colleagues have developed a globally significant, highly accurate method for working graphene nanostructures with the support of the European Research Council (ERC). Many members of the research team have already achieved outstanding results in their own right, with funded projects, awards and scholarships to prove. The team is planning to submit further ERC applications in the near future.
Levente Tapasztó explained: “Our research, funded by the Frontline Programme, aims to explore and interpret new phenomena in artificial materials built up from 2D crystals through atom layers. We are trying to find ways to make the material properties even more tractable, so that the resulting interacting electron systems remain stable at much higher temperatures. If we succeed, it will pave the way for a much wider range of practical applications than today, from the development of electronic devices being by orders of magnitude faster and having lower power consumption to quantum computing applications.”