The Science Sponsorship Competition, first announced this year by the Ministry of Innovation and Technology (ITM), has won the support of 434 researchers and research sites. The new application structure will help the Hungarian research community join the international distribution with a significantly increased budget compared to the original plans, allowing the presentation and promotion of scientific findings, Tamas Chanda, ITM’s Parliamentary and Strategic Minister of State, announced in a statement on Monday.
The call, launched in August this year under the auspices of the National Research, Development and Innovation Office (NKFIH), awaits those interested in four sub-programs. It was possible to apply to participate in an international conference abroad or to support the organization of an international conference in Hungary, to prepare and promote information materials presenting the results of science and innovation, and to publish scientific books. A total of 648 valid applications were received by the application deadline.
Thanks to the first two sub-programs, 270 researchers will be able to participate in international conferences abroad, and 40 international conferences will be held in Hungary in various fields, from Baga to Debrecen, Miskolc and Pécs to Veszprem.
Enhancing trust and openness to science, scientific achievements and innovation in society is a priority. To this end, the third advocacy subprogramme will contribute to the production of 33 information materials.
The diversity of the subjects is illustrated by the fact that, among others, productions are projected on 3D technology, the influence of herbs, the sustainable development of the global energy system, and the medieval architecture of the Pauline system.
The fourth advocacy subprogramme allows the publication of 91 paper-based electronic publications available at the same time. The palette includes educational publications, historical studies, medical books, and college books for the general public. The full list of decisions is available on the NKFIH website. According to the statement, Tamas Chanda explained:
„In Hungary, a record amount of resources were used in research, development and innovation in 2020. We have dramatically doubled the amount of public budget expenditures since 2010. The government cannot be accused of being parochial about tenders either. The original budget of $1 billion for scientific sponsorship, which attracted prominent interest in the first round, was increased by more than two-thirds due to the high professional level.“.
The Secretary of State added that the construction that has been proven is scheduled to be re-announced next summer.