He added: the programme provides altogether HUF 14.6 billion in funding to 26 universities and research institutes for 55 thematic areas.
This year the project proposals had to fit with four main thematic areas, namely health, culture and family, secure society and environment, and industry and digitization – the Deputy State Secretary explained.
The Mining and Geological Survey of Hungary won the funding for the digitisation and AI assisted processing of data collected in the past 100–150 years – Tamás Fancsik, the head of the institution said. Ádám Szigeti emphasised: funded research projects try to find practical answers to the most important socio-economic challenges.
The Deputy State Secretary recalled that HUF 8 billion was spent in a similar funding programme last year, and another HUF 8 billion will be earmarked for this aim next year.
He also noted that the innovation and research fund will be unified pursuant to the amended Act on research, development and innovation. This also means that the relevant funds regulated in different chapters of the central budget will be organised into a single chapter – Ádám Szigeti added.
The head of the Mining and Geological Survey of Hungary pointed out: one of the most important tasks of the organisation is to collect and organise domestic geological, mining, geophysical and climate policy data. The data processed relate to the entire set of subsurface resources of Hungary – he added.
Information varies in substance and form to a large extent but the funded project will enable the institution to unify the content and format of data stored in different databases.
The single geological data model will be further developed using Artificial Intelligence to ensure increased exploitability of the knowledge contained in the data.
Budapest, 10 July 2019 Wednesday (MTI)