Labor & Education

Another HUF 4 billion to support the next generation of Hungarian researchers

Around 2,000 winners of this year's New National Excellence Program will receive grants totaling around HUF 4 billion.

In the first six years of the program, running since 2016, more than 10,000 university students and young researchers have already received HUF 22 billion in funding to help them start a successful career, József Bódis, Minister of State for Higher Education, Vocational Training and Innovation at the Ministry of Innovation and Technology, announced.

The calls for the 2022/2023 academic year are open to undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students, postdocs, young academics and researchers. The six categories of grants available cover all stages of a researcher’s early career. 

Winners will receive a net grant of between HUF 100,000-200,000 per month for a period of 5-12 months, depending on the category. Parent institutions will receive research and operating grants of up to 40 percent of the grants awarded to their own applicants, the state secretary said.

The number of researchers in Hungary has doubled since 2010, the highest increase in Europe, said Bódis, adding that the primary aim of the program is to strengthen the scientific and creative performance of universities by supporting individual excellence and to encourage the development of a new generation of R&D and innovation. 

The deadline for applications is June 2, 2022. All applications must be submitted electronically.

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