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National Excellence Programme (NKP_17)
Date of announcement: 14 february 2017
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Deadline for application via post office: The 3th calendar day following the electronic submission.
Submitter of proposal
Budgetary institution
Beneficiary groups
Institution of higher education, Institution of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (HAS/MTA), Other budgetary research institution, Enterprise-based research organisation, Enterprise (non-research type)
Budget
HUF 1 000 000 000
Number of applications
48 months
Funds available per project
HUF 1500-6500 Mn
Project duration
48 months
Field of research activity
Fundamental research, Industrial research, Experimental development
Evaluator of proposals
NRDI Office
Date of publication of the call: 14 February 2017
Deadline for submission: 10 May 2017


The National Research, Development and Innovation Office facilitates the social and economic utilisation of discovery research findings by defining strategic areas where Hungary has the sufficient level of scientific excellence for the implementation of tasks, so that such goals can be reached faster and more efficiently.

The call is open for the consortia of research and knowledge-dissemination organisations and businesses to submit project proposals involving research activities addressing large-scale interdisciplinary scientific and technological challenges which, due to their comprehensive nature and volume, are implemented in long-term cooperation between scientific, industrial and social stakeholders and decision-makers in the following areas:

  • Subprogramme “A”: National Brain Research Programme
  • Subprogramme “B”: National Quantum Technology Programme

The call is financed from the National Research, Development and Innovation Fund.

Submission of project proposals

Project proposals should be submitted online, by logging in and completing the online application form on the Participant Portal (Pályázati e-ügyintézés) which can be reached through the www.palyazat.gov.hu website. Along with the request for funding finalised in the online application form, applicants have to submit a duly executed statement certifying the electronic submission of the application, in line with the Application Guidelines. Unless executed using a qualified electronic signature, the hard copy of the statement should also be sent by regular mail to the NRDI Office no later than 3 days after the electronic submission. Applications may not be submitted in person. The applications are assessed in a simplified procedure in several stages. Assessment deadline: 10 May 2017.

Who can apply

The call is open to consortia comprised of at least 12 members, led by a research and knowledge dissemination organisation. Members can be:

  • budgetary organs or their institutions with legal personality, provided that they qualify as research centres
  • non-profit organisations with legal personality whose R&D spending, according to their tax returns for the last two closed financial years, reaches at least 25% of the requested amount of funding at member level; and public, denominational or private higher education institutions accredited by the state 
  • business companies with registered seat in Hungary or the Central Hungarian branch offices of business companies with registered seat in the European Economic Area, provided that they have at least two completed business years, maintain double-entry accounting and are not subject to the simplified entrepreneurial tax (EVA) or the small taxpayers’ itemized lump sum tax (KATA), and that they have at least 20 full-time employees with a higher education degree in technology, natural sciences, medicine or agriculture at the time of application.

Eligible objectives and activities

The following activities are eligible for funding independently:

  • basic research 
  • applied (industrial) research 
  • experimental development

Activities not eligible for funding independently:

  • procurement of equipment and immaterial assets 
  • publicity and information activity
  • project coordination activities
  • other activity performed to further the project

Total available budget and maximum funding per project

The total budget of the call is HUF 10 billion financed from the NRDI Fund in the following distribution:

  • Subprogramme “A”: HUF 6.5 billion (the funding is non-refundable and its maximum amount is HUF 2 to 6.5 billion per project)
  • Subprogramme “B”: HUF 3.5 billion (the funding is non-refundable and its maximum amount is HUF 1.5 to 3.5 billion per project)

The share of research and knowledge-dissemination organisations shall account for at least 35% of the total eligible costs.

Duration of the project

Funded projects shall be implemented within 48 months from project launch. Eligible project costs can be declared from the start date specified in the grant agreement. The applicant shall maintain the project results for 3 years.

Customer service contacts:
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phone: +36 (1) 795 9500

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Projects funded under the “National Excellence Programme” (NKP_17)

The call announced in February 2017 facilitates the social and economic utilisation of discovery research findings in strategic areas where domestic excellence can be a potential competitive advantage. The budget of the call is financed from the NRDI Fund in the following areas:

  • Sub-programme “A”: National Brain Research Programme
  • Sub-programme “B”: National Quantum Technology Programme.
The implementation of comprehensive interdisciplinary research activities addressing large-scale scientific and technological challenges necessarily involve collaboration between the most outstanding scientific, industrial and social stakeholders and decision-makers.
The project proposals were first assessed by anonymous peers against the criteria set out in the call, and then by a group of dedicated experts based on the summary of the peer reviews. In view of the assessment results the Innovation Board recommended both project proposals for funding to the President of the NRDI Office.
According to the award decision, one consortium was selected for funding in sub-programme “A” and one consortium in sub-programme “B” receiving a total of nearly HUF 10 billion in non-refundable funding from the NRDI Fund, which accounted for the entire budget of the call.
 

FUNDED PROJECTS

Funding organisation: NRDI Office
Source: NRDI Fund
Date of decision: 23 August 2017

Project code
Name of applicant(s)
Project title
Amount of awarded funds
(HUF)

Total eligible project costs
(HUF)

2017-1.2.1-NKP-2017-00001
Magyar Tudományos Akadémia Wigner Fizikia Kutatóközpont
Kvantumbitek előállítása, megosztása és kvantuminformációs hálózatok fejlesztése
3 499 678 203
3 704 539 344
BHE Bonn Hungary Elektronikai Korlátolt Felelősségű Társaság
Budapesti Műszaki és Gazdaságtudományi Egyetem
Eötvös Loránd Tudományegyetem
Ericsson Magyarország Kommunikációs Rendszerek Kft
Femtonics Kutató és Fejlesztő Korlátolt Felelősségű Társaság
Nokia Solutions and Networks Kft.
2017-1.2.1-NKP-2017-00002
Magyar Tudományos Akadémia Kísérleti Orvostudományi Kutatóintézet
Nemzeti Agykutatási Program 2.0
6 500 000 000
6 500 000 000
Debreceni Egyetem
Eötvös Loránd Tudományegyetem
Magyar Tudományos Akadémia Természettudományi Kutató Központ
Országos Klinikai Idegtudományi Intézet
Pázmány Péter Katolikus Egyetem
Pécsi Tudományegyetem
Richter Gedeon Vegyészeti Gyár Nyilvánosan Működő Rt.
Szegedi Tudományegyetem
Semmelweis Egyetem


Updated: 06 June 2018
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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.

FURTHER INFORMATION

For further information contact at phone +36 1 795 9500 or email at szakerto_regisztracio@nkfih.gov.hu

The NRDI Fund Programme Strategy for the year 2019 has been endorsed by Government decree 1622/2019. (X.31.).
The timing and the budget of European-financed non-refundable and refundable RDI schemes under the EDIOP (GINOP) and CCHOP (VEKOP) programmes have been approved by the Government within the Annual Development Framework Programme, upon the proposal of the NRDI Office. Pursuant to the Government Decree 106/2018. (VI. 15.) on the amendment of certain Government Decrees related to development policy due to the Government being restructured, the 2nd priorities of the EDIOP/GINOP and CCHOP/VEKOP (i.e. research, technology development and innovation) operational programmes are commanded to the political responsibility of the Ministry of Innovation and Technology (MIT) instead of the National Research, Development and Innovation Office as from 16 June 2018.

The chart below shows the calls for proposals and their budget relating to the main target areas, broken down by the sources of funding and the years:

  • Corporate/Business RDI
  • Excellence programmes for institutions
  • Development of research infrastructure
  • Excellence programmes for researchers, and
  • Promotion of international cooperation programmes.
Source
Specificity
Budget
2015
(Bn HUF)

Budget
2016
(Bn HUF)

Budget
2017
(Bn HUF)

Budget
2018
(Bn HUF)

Budget
2019
(Bn HUF)

non-
refund-
able

non-
refund-
able

refund-
able
non-
refund-
able

refund-
able
non-
refund-
able

refund-
able
non-
refund-
able

refund-
able
GINOP
Economic Development and Innovation Operational Programme (EDIOP/GINOP) European funds for the entire country except the Central Hungary region
391,721 56,035
112,19
36,717
70
10,684
-
6,21
-
VEKOP
Competitive Central Hungary Operational Programme (CCHOP/VEKOP)European funds for the Central Hungary region
-
42,64
-

 5,49
-
-
-
-
NKFI Alap
National Research, Development and Innovation Fund made up of the innovation tax paid by enterprises
11,29
68,43
-
87,34 -
79,47
-
77,284
-

Target areas Calls for proposals Budget
2015
(Bn HUF)

Budget
2016
(Bn HUF)

Budget
2017
(Bn HUF)

Budget
2018
(Bn HUF)

Budget
2019
(Bn HUF)

non-
refund-
able
non-
refund-
able
refund-
able
non-
refund-
able
refund-
able
non-
refund-
able
refund-
able
non-
refund-
able
refund-
able

Corporate/
business RDI
Support of business RDI activities
Support of business RDI activities
GINOP-2.1.1-15
73,39

 

 




Support of business RDI activities
VEKOP-2.1.1-15
  19,97







Support of business RDI activities
KFI_16

21
 
35,44





Funding to SMEs and large companies for RDI activities
2018-1.1.2-KFI
          20      
Funding to micro and small enterprises for innovation activities
2018-1.1.1-MKI





10



Support for market-driven research, development and innovation projects
2019-1.1.1-PIACI_KFI
              45  
Open Innovation
2019-1.4.1-NYÍLT
              1  
Business RDI, loan
Support of business RDI activities loan scheme l
GINOP-8.1.1-16


18,59  





Business RDI, combined with loan
Business RDI combined with loan
GINOP-2.1.2-8.1.4-16

54,81
61,50






National technology and intellectual property venture capital programme
National technology and intellectual property venture capital programme
GINOP-8.1.3/A-16


32,1






Smart specialisation venture capital programme
Smart specialisation venture capital programme
GINOP-8.1.3/B-17




 70




Smart specialisation venture capital programme
VEKOP 2.1.2-17




 5,49




Intellectual property rights
Intellectual property rights
GINOP-2.1.3-15
0,251







Support of activities fostering the domestic and international protection of intellectual property with the aim of facilitating the utilisation of such intellectual property
IPARJOG_15
0,3


0,1

0,2 

0,11

Innovation voucher
Innovation voucher
GINOP-2.1.4-15
0,163


 
 




Innovation ecosystem
Innovation ecosystem – start-up and spin-off
GINOP-2.1.5-15
4,714


 




Innovation ecosystem (start-up)
ÖKO_16


  1,5





Exportable innovative product development
Support of exportable innovative product development for an innovation-driven export expansion
GINOP-2.1.6-16

1,225

 





Funding for the export oriented R&D activities of domestic businesses
Export_17



4,83





Prototype, product, technology and service development
Prototype, product, technology and service development
GINOP-2.1.7-15
48,79








Prototype, product, technology and service development
VEKOP-2.1.7-15

10,35







Enhancing the competitiveness of SMEs through adaptive technology innovation
Enhancing the competitiveness of SMEs through adaptive technology innovation
GINOP-2.1.8-17

 

36,717
 




Institutional excellence programmes

R&D competitiveness and excellence cooperations
R&D competitiveness and excellence cooperations
GINOP-2.2.1-15
93,764

 
 
 




Competitiveness and excellence cooperations
VEKOP-2.2.1-16

2,29

 





National Competitiveness and Excellence Programme
NVKP_16

28

 





R&D competitiveness and excellence cooperations
GINOP-2.2.1-18
          10,684      
National Excellence Programme
2018.1.2.1-NKP





5



Competitiveness and excellence cooperations
VKE_17
      16,73          
Competitiveness and excellence cooperations
2018-1.3.1-VKE





26



Research infrastructure development of Higher Education and Industry Cooperation Centres
Research infrastructure development of Higher Education and Industry Cooperation Centres
GINOP-2.3.4-15
38,86








Research infrastructure development of Higher Education and Industry Cooperation Centres
FIEK_16

8







Establishment of centres of competence – development of research infrastructures
Establishment of centres of competence – development of research infrastructures
2019-1.3.1-KK
              8,5  
University Innovation Ecosystem
University Innovation Ecosystem
2019-1.2.1-EGYETEMI ÖKO







1,94

Infrastructure
Excellence of Strategic R&D centres
Excellence of Strategic R&D centres
GINOP-2.3.2-15
64,25

 






Excellence of Strategic R&D centres
VEKOP-2.3.2-16

4,02

 





Strengthening research infrastructure - internationalisation, networking
Strengthening research infrastructure - internationalisation, networking
GINOP-2.3.3-15
25,29

 





 
Strengthening research infrastructure - internationalisation, networking
VEKOP-2.3.3-15

6,01





   
ELI laser research centre
Implementation of the ELI laser research centre (ELI-ALPS) large project, Phase 2
GINOP-2.3.6-15
42,249                

Research infrastructures for excellence
GINOP-2.3.7-19








6,21

Research Excellence Programmes
Researcher-initiated research projects
Researcher-initiated research projects
K_15; K_16; K_17
5,98
7

6,5

 
 
 
 
Researcher-initiated research projects
K_18
Research projects initiated by young researchers
FK_18





9,4



Thematic research projects and thematic research projects based on international cooperation
K_19; ANN_19; SNN_19
              5,8  
Postdoctoral programme
Postdoctoral programme
PD 2015/1,2,3
1,57








Postdoctoral excellence programme
Postdoctoral excellence programme
PD_16; PD_17; PD_18; PD_19

1,8

1,5

1,5

4

Research projects initiated by young researchers  
Research projects initiated by young researchers
FK_17; FK_19



3




Research teams with significant achievements of internationally outstanding impact
Research teams with significant achievements of internationally outstanding impact
KH_17; KH_18; KH_19



1

1,2
 
1

Frontline – Research Excellence Programme
Frontline – Research Excellence Programmem
KKP_17, KKP_19; KKP_20






 

 
Mecenatúra (Patronage) programme
Mecenatúra (Patronage) programme               1  
Kabay Programme
Kabay Programme               1  
National Excellence Programme
National Excellence Programme
NKP_17



10


 

 
International cooperation
Request national funds in connection with the research funding programmes of the European Research Council
ERC_HU_15 (450 Bn HUF); ERC_16_MOBIL (200 Bn HUF);
0,45
0,45

0,1

 0,1

 

Research projects based on international cooperationk
NN_17, ANN_17, SNN_17; V4-Japan Joint Research programme (2015: 45,5 Bn HUF); KNN_16 (2016: 72 Bn HUF); NN_18, ANN_18, SNN_18



1

1



Support to foster Hungarian participation in the Horizon 2020 joint programmes and joint technology initiatives
KKV_15 (2015-16: 60 Bn HUF, 2017: 100 Bn HUF); 2018-2.1.4-KKV (2018: 100 Bn HUF); EU_KP_16 (2017 84,7 Bn HUF); 2018-2.1.2-EU_KP_16 (230 Bn HUF, 2018: 80 Bn HUF); NEMZ_15 (1 380 Bn HUF);  NEMZ_16 (2016: 710 Bn HUF, 2017: 697,5 Bn HUF); 2018-2.1.5-NEMZ (2018: 442 Bn HUF); 2018-2.1.6-NEMZ_ECSEL (2018: 760 Bn HUF); ERA-NET Infect-ERA (2015: 40 Bn HUF, 2016: 40 Bn HUF); ERA-NET E-Rare-3 (2015: 45 Bn HUF, 2016: 45 Bn HUF, 2017: 45 Bn HUF, 2018: 46,5 Bn HUF); M-ERA.NET-2 (2015: 90 Bn HUF, 2016: 90 Bn HUF, 2017: 90 Bn HUF); JPND (2017: 190 Bn HUF, 2018: 200 Bn HUF); FLAG-ERA JTC (2015: 200 Bn HUF, 2017: 155 Bn HUF); Quant-ERA (2017: 90 Bn HUF, 2018: 93 Bn HUF); ERA PerMed (2017: 100 Bn HUF); EUREKA_15 (400 Bn HUF); EUREKA_16 (2016: 400 Bn HUF, 2017: 400 Bn HUF); 2018-2.1.3-EUREKA (2018: 75 Bn HUF); 2019-2.1.2-NEMZ (2019: 395 Bn HUF), 2019-2.1.3-NEMZ_ECSEL (2019: 707 Bn HUF), 2019-2.1.6-NEMZ_KI (2019: 100 Bn HUF), 2019-2.1.4_KKV (2019: 100 Bn HUF), 2019-2.1.5-EU_KP (2019: 80 Bn HUF), 2019-2.1.1-EUREKA (2019: 500 Bn HUF), 2019-2.1.7-ERA-NET (2019: 832,5 Bn HUF), EIT KIC (500 Bn HUF) 2,2
1,5

1,9

 1,4

 3,214
 
H2020 Teaming
H2020 Teaming



1,91



 

Programme-based bilateral R&D cooperation projects
TÉT_1517_IN (2017: 300 Bn HUF); TÉT_1517_IL (310,932017: 311 Bn HUF); TÉT_1617_CN (2017: 200 Bn HUF); TNN_16 (2017: 150 Bn HUF); INN_16 (2017: 150 Bn HUF); TÉT_17_VN (2017: 200 Bn HUF); KRP (2017: 154 Bn HUF); TÉT_17_RU (2017: 150 Bn HUF); TR-NN_17 (2017: 150 Bn HUF); 2018-2.1.17-TÉT-KR (2018: 200 Bn HUF); 2018-2.1.16-TÉT-IL (2018: 310 Bn HUF); 2019-2.1.14-ÖNVEZETŐ (2019: 100 Bn HUF), vietnami TéT (200 Bn HUF), indiai TéT (300 Bn HUF) 0,79
0,68
  1,83
   0,67
  1,72
 
Support of Bilateral science and technology (S&T) cooperation        

TÉT_1517_AT (2017: 20 Bn HUF); TÉT_15_TR (30 Bn HUF); TÉT_15_AR (50 Bn HUF); TÉT_15_MN (20 Bn HUF); 2018-2.1.13-TÉT-FR (2018: 20 Bn HUF), 2018-2.1.14-TÉT_15_-CN (2018: 40 Bn HUF); 2018-2.1.12-TÉT-_16_HR (2018: 20 Bn HUF); 2018-2.1.11-TÉT_16_-SI (2018: 20 Bn HUF); 2018-2.1.15-TÉT_16_-PT (2018: 20 Bn HUF); TÉT_16_RS (20 Bn HUF);2018-2.1.10- TÉT_16_-MC (2018: 20 Bn HUF); TÉT_16_FR (30 Bn HUF); TÉT_16_JP (50 Bn HUF); TÉT_17_AT (20 Bn HUF); TÉT_17_FR (20 Bn HUF); 2019-2.1.10-TÉT-IL (930 Bn HUF), 2019-2.1.11-TÉT (2019: 160 Bn HUF), UK_GYAK_17 (2017: 25 Bn HUF); 2018-2.1.1-UK_GYAK (2018: 25 Bn HUF), 2018-2.1.7-UK_GYAK (2019: 30 Bn HUF),





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