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National Laboratories Programme
18 January 2021
Modified: 09 June 2022
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Aware that, in the era of digital transformation, networks are increasingly valuable sources of knowledge transfer and exchange, the National Research, Development and Innovation (NRDI) Office, with the policy support of the Ministry for Innovation and Technology, intends to support the establishment and operation of National Laboratories—knowledge centres that can become scientific hubs in areas with high potential for the national economy.

National Laboratories are dynamic, institutionalizing, collaboration-based arenas of discovery and experimental research that open up new, international dimensions and enable the social, economic and environmental utilisation of research results.

The main objectives of National Laboratories:

  • concentrate domestic professional workshops in specific research fields;
  • develop competencies necessary for addressing major global issues at the international level;
  • utilise research results for social, economic and environmental purposes (knowledge transfer).

The year 2020 marked the beginning of the establishment of 17 laboratories in the R&D focus areas “Industry and Digitalization”, “Culture and Family, “Health” and “Secure Society and Environment”. Four of the labs are being set up and financed pursuant to legal requirements, while the remaining 13 will be supported based on the assessment of individual applications submitted to the NRDI Office. HUF 14.095 billion was earmarked for financing the National Laboratories in the 2020 budget of the NRDI Office, under the chapter-managed appropriation “National Laboratories”.

In order to ensure the effective, results-oriented functioning of the National Laboratories, we have developed, with the approval of the minister for innovation and technology, the National Laboratories Programme Coordination System which has the following bodies:

The International Advisory Board of international experts facilitates the work of the minister for innovation and technology, supports the competency development and increased international embeddedness of the National Laboratories, and assesses opportunities for international collaboration.Board members:

  • Dr. Tibor Navracsics, Chairman of the Board
  • Prof. Dr. György Grüner
  • Prof. Dr. Christian Roland Noe
  • Prof. Dr. Wilfried Sihn
  • Prof. Dr. Hans-Rudolf Tinneberg

In order to ensure the effective implementation of the National Laboratories Programme, the National Laboratories Supervisory Board performs the high-level technical supervision of the projects, assesses the annual progress reports, checks the nature and extent of the contribution of each project to the policy objectives, and makes proposals on the funding of the projects for the upcoming year. Board members:

  • Tibor Gulyás, Chairman of the Board
  • Dr. Zoltán Birkner
  • Prof. Dr. József Bokor
  • Prof. Dr. László Borhy
  • Prof. Dr. Péter Buchwald
  • Prof. Dr. György Grüner

In order to technically support and implement the establishment and operation of the National Laboratories, the Technical Advisory Board assesses the applications for funding and the progress reports, supports the Supervisory Board and the Project Coordination Bodies of the National Laboratories with professional recommendations, directly shares information with the Supervisory Board on the progress, risks, issues and policy compliance of the projects. Board members:

  • Prof Dr. Miklós Kellermayer, Chairman of the Board
  • Prof. Dr. Hassan Charaf
  • Roland Jakab
  • Prof Dr. György Kosztolányi
  • Prof. Dr. László Monostori
  • Prof Dr. Gabriella Pusztai
  • Dr. István Szászi

Each funded project needs to set up its own Project Coordination Body (PCT) to supervise and monitor the operational management of the project, and thus ensure efficient and focused implementation. The PCT ensures that resources are available and conditions are met, and it also makes project decisions, accepts changes and communicates project results. Progress reports and funding requests may only be submitted if previously approved by the PCT.

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Updated: 09 June 2022
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