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Cooperative Doctoral Programme
Date of announcement: 17 june 2021
Next deadline for submission:
Deadline for E-submission: 31 august 2021 12:00
31 august 2021
Deadline for application via post office:
Submitter of proposal
Private person
Beneficiary groups
Other, e.g. a private person
HUF 4 894 000 000
Number of applications
Funds available per project
HUF 400 000 month/person
Project duration
24, 31, 36, 43 months
Field of research activity
Fundamental research, Industrial research, Experimental development, Innovation, Investment in RDI, Protection of industrial property rights, Market entry
Evaluator of proposals
NRDI Office
The Cooperative Doctoral Programme (CDP), first announced in the academic year 2020/21, has been re-launched in the academic year 2021/22, given its extraordinary popularity among doctoral students. The text of the call for proposals for 2021 was developed reflecting the experiences of the first academic year (i.e., 2020/21) and the professional proposals and comments received, thus aiming to ensure that the Cooperative Doctoral Programme meets the needs of both, higher education and industry.

The Cooperative Doctoral Programme aims to increase the number of employees working in the RDI segment, primarily in mathematics, science, engineering and information technology, who are ready to extend their knowledge with the latest scientific research findings and committed to making use of their expertise to the benefit of society and the economy. To achieve this goal, the doctoral students involved in the Cooperative Doctoral Programme will do their doctoral research at the doctoral school but in collaboration with the business sector.

Grantees will receive net HUF 400,000 scholarship grant per month. The mentors and experts who assist the grantees and contribute to the implementation of the project will also be remunerated in the amount of HUF 240,000/month gross. The host doctoral school will also receive a grant of HUF 1,300,000 per semester. The latter may primarily be spent on research, development and innovation (RDI) activities or related infrastructure development, international networking, knowledge transfer or related services.

Applications may be submitted by doctoral students who have not yet passed the complex examination by the deadline for submission of applications, or by students who will start their doctoral studies in the academic year 2021/2022. It is also important to note that during the period of the CDP scholarship, students must have an employment contract or other contract aimed at performing work with the partner organisation of their choice for which they are entitled to remuneration.

The applications will be assessed by the Cooperative Doctoral Panel of nine members, in which both the higher education sector and the business sector will be represented to ensure a balance of interests and the selection of the best applications.

Following the announcement of results, the NRDI Office will conclude the grant agreements with the higher education institutions hosting the winning doctoral students.

Submission of project proposals: between 12 July 2021 and 31 August 2021

Applications for the Cooperative Doctoral Programme can be submitted after registration on the website at After selecting the “Regisztrálok” (register) function, a short registration form will open where, having completed the data, you can activate your registration by ticking the “Szakpolitikai véleménykérő vagyok” (I am requesting a pre-qualifying opinion) checkbox and accepting the link sent in the confirmation e-mail. You can fill in the application in the “Kérelmek→Új kérelem” (Requests --> New request) menu on the menu bar on the left-hand side of the site, in relation to which more information is available in the completion guide on the same site."

The Ministry for Innovation and Technology is the professional coordinator of the call, while the National Research, Development and Innovation Office is its operational manager. The scholarship call is financed from the National Research, Development and Innovation Fund.

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.

Cooperative Doctoral Programme Doctoral Scholarship 2021 call for applications institutional decision list
In 2021 the Ministry for Innovation and Technology has announced, through the National Research, Development and Innovation Office, an open call for applications under the title Cooperative Doctoral Programme Doctoral Scholarship (hereinafter referred to as the CDP) to be financed from the National Development and Innovation Fund.

The CDP aims to expand the pool of employees working in research, development and innovation – primarily in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields – who are committed to improving their professional skills by bringing the latest scientific research results to the forefront and to putting their knowledge to social and economic use.

The CDP offers funding to those who, in addition to their doctoral studies, carry out research outside higher education that promotes the practical application of their scientific results.

Altogether 402 applications were submitted in the application period. After assessment against the formal requirements, 355 were sent on for peer review.

As a result of the professional review of the applications received, 100 applicants from 14 higher education institutions will be awarded scholarship, based on the recommendation of the Cooperative Doctoral Panel, and the approval of the Ministry for Innovation and Technology. The total awarded amount reached HUF 4,116,640,000, distributed among the grantees, the supervisors, the experts and the doctoral schools involved in the projects for the period between 1 February 2022 and 31 August 2025.

Cooperative Doctoral Programme Doctoral Scholarship 2021 call for applications institutional decision list

Funding organisation: Ministry for Innovation and Technology
Source: NRDI Fund
Date of decision: 8 December 2022

Code of institution Name of institution Number of supported projects Amount of funding
KDP-2022-1 Budapesti Corvinus Egyetem 3 133 660 000
KDP-2022-2 Budapesti Műszaki és Gazdaságtudományi Egyetem 18 745 800 000
KDP-2022-3 Debreceni Egyetem 8 275 260 000
KDP-2022-4 Eötvös Loránd Tudományegyetem 28 1 178 620 000
KDP-2022-5 Magyar Agrár- és Élettudományi Egyetem 7 295 640 000
KDP-2022-6 Miskolci Egyetem 3 120 500 000
KDP-2022-7 Magyar Képzőművészeti Egyetem 2 97 880 000
KDP-2022-8 Moholy-Nagy Művészeti Egyetem 3 133 660 000
KDP-2022-9 Nemzeti Közszolgálati Egyetem 3 126 200 000
KDP-2022-10 Pannon Egyetem 3 113 040 000
KDP-2022-11 Pécsi Tudományegyetem 2 84 720 000
KDP-2022-12 Semmelweis Egyetem 12 493 400 000
KDP-2022-13 Széchenyi István Egyetem 3 120 500 000
KDP-2022-14 Szegedi Tudományegyetem 5 197 760 000
Sum:   100 4 116 640 000
Updated: 09 December 2022
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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 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.

(Bn HUF)

(Bn HUF)

Economic Development and Innovation Operational Programme Plusz
136,670 - 5 -
National Research, Development and Innovation Fund
189,384 - 143,8293
ITM (2021) Ministry for Innovation and Technology (2021) 11 - - -
RRF Recovery and Resilience Facility 153,141 - 39,750 -
490,195 - 188,5793 -

NRF= non-refundable
RF= refundable

Calls for proposals
(Bn HUF)

(Bn HUF)



Support of business RDI activities
Stimulating business research, development and innovation
GINOP Plusz-2.1.2-21
136,67 - - -
Targeted R&D services Targeted R&D services to businesses, research sites, and research and knowledge-dissemination organisations
GINOP Plusz-2.2.1-22
- - 5 -
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 - - -
Practice-oriented higher education Infrastructure and skills development for practice-oriented higher education
81,476 - - -
National Laboratories Establishment and complex development of the National Laboratory
71,765 - - -
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
RRF-2.1.3- 22
- - 39,750 -
Innovation Sub-fund
Support for market-driven RDI projects Support for market-driven RDI projects
2020-1.1.2-PIACI KFI; 2021-1.1.3-PIACI KFI
59,06 - 40,4673 -
KKV Start programme KKV Start Innovation
2020-1.1.1-KKV START
12 - - -
Fast track programme Fast track
2020-1.1.5-GYORSÍTÓSÁV; 2021-1.1.4-GYORSÍTÓSÁV
3 - 12,85 -
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
0,4 - 0,3 -
University Innovation Ecosystema
University Innovation Ecosystem
2019-1.2.1-EGYETEMI ÖKO
2 - - -
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
7 - - -
Development of an applied research network 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
ÚNKP-21-1; ÚNKP-22-1
0,60 - 0,828 -
New National Excellence Programme – Call for Research Scholarship Applications for Graduate Students
ÚNKP-21-2; ÚNKP-22-2
New National Excellence Programme – Call for Research Scholarship Applications for PhD Students
ÚNKP-21-3; ÚNKP-22-3
1 - 1,2 -
New National Excellence Programme – “Power Up Science!” Call for Research Scholarship Applications for Doctoral Candidate sand Postdoctors
ÚNKP-21-4; ÚNKP-22-4
0,832 - 1,052 -
New National Excellence Programme – Call for Scholarship Applications for Bolyai+ Higher Education Teachers and Researchers
ÚNKP-21-5; ÚNKP-22-5
1,40 - 0,70 -
New National Excellence Programme – “Power up your Talent!” Call for Research Scholarship Applications for New Higher Education Students
ÚNKP-21-6; ÚNKP-22-6
0,168 - 0,22 -
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
12,9 - 13,5 -
Patronage Programme Science Patronage Programme
1 - - -
Forefront – Research Excellence Programme Forefront – Research Excellence Programme
KKP_21, KKP_22
3 - 3 -
Cooperative Doctoral Programme Cooperative Doctoral Programme
4,894 - 2,832 -
Strategic R&D centres Strategic R&D centres
- - 3 -
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
- - 26,6 -
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