R&D grants

I.                   About R&D grants is general and the Hungarian possibilities

The national and international R&D grants provide great possibilities for financing researches and for participating in international consortiums.

A significant part of the available grants In Hungary are sponsored by the EU. They are available in specialised Operational Programmes which were edited by the Hungarian Government and accepted by the EU European Comission).

From these operative programmes the most relevant and R&D&I related programmes are the followings:

1.      Economic Development and Innovation Operative Programme:

Main objectives

The programme aims to stimulate the economies of the less developed regions in Hungary. Its most important priorities are the competitiveness of small-and medium sized enterprises, research and innovation, and employment. The programme also aims to develop the tourism industry, enterprises' energy efficiency, and information and communication technologies. Moreover it will stimulate the use of financial instruments to cover other objectives, like increasing renewable energy production and improving the energy efficiency of households and public buildings.

Funding priorities

The Programme will focus on different main priorities: 

  • Increasing the competitiveness and productivity of SMEs
  • Research, technological development and innovation
  • Infocommunication developments
  • Energy
  • Employment
  • Competitive labour force
  • Tourism
  • Financial instruments

Researchers of the university can benefit from them if they provide services for the granted companies or apply for these sources in a consortium with a company.  


2.      Human Resource Development Operational Programme

Investment programme will increase the human capital and improve the social environment in Hungary

Representing over 11% of all EU financial support for Hungary in 2014-2020, the Human Resource Development Operational Programme (OP) will implement 2.6 billion euros of EU funding, 65.4 % from the European Social Fund (ESF) and 34.6 % from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

In the field of human capital, Hungary faces one of the biggest backlogs regarding long-term effect structural development factors. This OP has therefore been designed for contributing to address social and demographic challenges. The main interventions cover social inclusion, strengthening social cohesion and the role of the family, health promotion and prevention, improving the quality of public education, increasing the number of people who have tertiary education and strengthening the staff of social institutions.

The various instruments of this programme will contribute to create social cohesion related to economic growth and to achieve Hungary's employment development goals. Involving disadvantaged groups, Roma, and other socially deprived groups living in segregation, this programme can set off fundamental changes in the social environment of Hungary. Through public education and health promotion programmes it can also contribute to a better quality of life.


Details of the actually available grants are available at the office. Associates of the Technology Transfer office monitor these grants on a daily basis and help to find the best solutions, which fit you a best.

The Technology Transfer Office helps to the researchers to find available financial sources and appropriate partners for a consortium and to fill in the application forms in close connection with the Grant Management Coordinator Office.


Sources for available grants

At the link below you can find all actual information:



II.                 International grants and cooperation possibilities

1.      Horizon 2020

What is Horizon 2020?

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.

Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 provides major simplification through a single set of rules. It combines all research and innovation funding currently provided through the Framework Programmes for Research and Technical Development, the innovation related activities of the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT).

The proposed support for research and innovation under Horizon 2020:

·         Strengthens the EU’s position in science with a dedicated budget. This provides a boost to top-level research in Europe, including an increase in funding for the very successful European Research Council (ERC).

·         Strengthens industrial leadership in innovation. This includes major investment in key technologies, greater access to capital and support for SMEs.

·         Provides support to help address major concerns shared by all Europeans such as climate change, developing sustainable transport and mobility, making renewable energy more affordable, ensuring food safety and security, or coping with the challenge of an ageing population.

Horizon 2020 aims to tackle societal challenges by helping to bridge the gap between research and the market by, for example, helping innovative enterprise to develop their technological breakthroughs into viable products with real commercial potential. This market-driven approach includes creating partnerships with the private sector and Member States to bring together the resources needed

For further information visit their website: https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/

Here, you can find a very practical “How to apply” video with professionally translated subtitles available in 23 languages: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmN0NccQCD0


2.      Science and technology attaché network

The international scientific relations of Hungary are also managed and developed by delegated Science and Technology attachés. They support the international and European integration of the Hungarian S&T community by acquiring and disseminating information and by building connections between institutions.

Currently there are S&T attachés at the Hungarian Embassies in the following 9 cities: Beijing, Berlin, Brussels (for the S&T relations with the EU Commission), London, Moscow, New York, Paris, Tel Aviv and Tokyo.

The attaché network is jointly operated by the National Research, Development and Innovation Office and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The networks costs are covered by the National Research, Development and Innovation Office. Attachés are selected by open tender.

The basic tasks of the S&T attachés are

·         to monitor and to analyse the science and technology policy and the international relations of the host country, thereby contributing to the formulation of the Hungarian R&D policy; to prepare reports on significant S&T policies and developments in host country;

·         to give information in the host country about the Hungarian R&D policy, its implementation and opportunities for cooperation; to identify scientific and technological areas of mutual interest to both countries which are suitable for bilateral collaboration; to explore new areas for S&T cooperation and exchanges;

·         to assist Hungarian R&D institutions and organisations in establising contacts;

·         to represent Hungary at scientific and technological meetings and similar activities; to serve as coordinator for significant S&T visits and missions.

Connection for Hungarian attachés: http://nkfih.gov.hu/international/science-and-technology/science-and-technology


3.      Interreg Central Europe Programme

They are a European funding programme that encourages cooperation in central Europe. With 246m EUR co-financing, we support partners to work together beyond borders to improve cities and regions in Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.

The main areas of funding:

1)      Innovation and knowledge development

2)      Low carbon cities and regions

3)      Transport and mobility

4)      Natural and cultural resources

For more information follow the link: http://www.interreg-central.eu/


4.      Erasmus+ Program

The “Key action 2: Innovation and good practices” is the most relevant item of this programme.

Opportunities for cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices are designed to modernise and reinforce education, training, and youth systems.

Organisations participating in these opportunities should benefit from new approaches to education and training, a more professional and capable professional environment within their organisation, and an increased capacity to work at an EU or international level.


·         Strategic partnerships: aim to support innovative practices and joint initiatives to promote cooperation and peer learning and exchanges of experience. 

·         Knowledge alliances: designed to support innovation in higher education and business, develop new approaches to teaching and learning, promote entrepreneurship and knowledge sharing

·         Sector skills alliances: Tackle skills gap and improve the adaptability of VET systems to sector-specific labour market needs and the demand for new skills. Vocational Education and Training (VET) system

·         Capacity building (higher education): Supports the modernisation, accessibility, and internationalisation of higher education in Partner Countries.

·         Capacity building (youth): Consists of initiatives designed to foster cooperation and exchanges, improve the quality and recognition of youth work and support new non-formal learning mobility schemes in Partner Countries.

For further information visit their site, please: https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/organisations#tab-1-2


5.      Interreg – Danube Transnational Programme

The Danube Transnational Programme is a financing instrument of the European Territorial Cooperation (ETC), better known as Interreg. ETC is one of the goals of the European Union cohesion policy and provides a framework for the implementation of joint actions and policy exchanges between national, regional and local actors from different Member States.

The Danube Transnational Programme (DTP) promotes economic, social and territorial cohesion in the Danube Region through policy integration in selected fields.

In order to achieve a higher degree of territorial integration of the very heterogeneous Danube region, the transnational cooperation programme acts as a policy driver and pioneer to tackle common challenges and needs in specific policy fields where transnational cooperation is expected to deliver tangible results.

Considering its geographical coverage, this highly complex programme provides a political dimension to transnational cooperation which is unique in Europe, successfully facing challenges such as ensuring good mechanisms to contract partners who receive funding from different EU instruments.

The Danube Transnational Programme finances projects for the development and practical implementation of policy frameworks, tools and services and concrete small-scale pilot investments. Strong complementarities with the broader EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) are sought.


The main priorities of DTP are the followings:


1.      Innovative and socially responsible Danube Region

2.      Environment and Culture Responsible Danube Region

3.      Better Connected and responsible Danube Region

4.      Well-governed Danube Region


For further information visit their site: http://www.interreg-danube.eu/


If you have any questions related to international grants, please contact with our colleagues from General Department of Grant Coordination - International Granting Group. They are gladly available:

Dóra Agócs Göndöcsné – international project manager

e-mail: agocs.dora@pte.hu, extension number: 12292


Réka Jankovics – international project manager:

e-mail: jankovics.reka@pte.hu, extension number: 12292