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Increased Hungarian participation in Hungarian–Israeli industrial R&D cooperation proposals
18 June 2019
Modified: 25 June 2019
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Increased number of applications has confirmed the National Research, Development and Innovation Office’s decision to announce its call for industrial research and development proposals implemented in Hungarian–Israeli cooperation with triple budget, i.e. HUF 930 million this year. Although the formal assessment of the project proposals is still underway, it is already apparent that the new scheme attracted more attention: compared to 3-4 project proposals in the previous periods, this time 12 ambitious proposals have been submitted to the NRDI Office.

In February 2019, the NRDI Office announced again its call for industrial R&D projects implemented in Hungarian–Israeli cooperation in which the Hungarian partners can win up to HUF 200 million in funding for their projects. The ambitious projects will be implemented by Hungarian and Israeli businesses, research institutes and universities in consortia, with an enterprise as the consortium leader. Priority is given to project proposals with a strong focus on cooperation between industry and academia. The main objective of the funding scheme is to foster the creation of new or improved products, procedures and services in dedicated areas such as agriculture and the food industry, ICT and cyber security, AI, biotechnology and autonomous vehicles.

Currently, Hungary has bilateral cooperation agreements with 37 countries in the field of science and technology (S&T). In these relations the NRDI Office not only supports researcher mobility, that is, the traditional exchange of professionals, but increasingly focuses on large-scale joint projects mainly for industrial purposes which give more room for the commercialisation of the jointly produced knowledge. The NRDI Office seeks this type of relationship primarily with those countries that are at the international forefront of research and development or where there is demand for Hungarian knowledge, technology and innovation. Hungary maintains particularly active relations with Israel: Hungary has an S&D attaché in Tel Aviv for many years, and it was also this bilateral relation in which the call for industrial R&D cooperation projects was announced. This year, the NRDI Office foresees to launch similar joint calls with India and Vietnam, among others.

Updated: 25 June 2019
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