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National research and innovation in Hungary is largely influenced by policy documents including the New Hungary Development Plan (SZÉCHENYI 2020 strategy). In January 2011, a chapter of the Plan, entitled Science - Innovation Programme was launched. The document sets objectives for science, technology and innovation and identifies thematic priorities. Szechenyi summarizes 15 Operational Programmes (OP), including the Transport OP and the Economic Development OP. The Economic Development OP also has research, development and innovation priorities on its agenda. The European Commission additionally published a review of the Hungarian Research and Innovation System, a Horizon 2020 Policy Support Facility explaining the seven policy messages adopted in Hungary.

The transport sector is on the government's investment agenda .The scope of transport research in Hungary is determined by the Transport Operation Programme, and by policy documents that set the framework for the development of the economy and transport system. The development of the national transport system is supported by the Research and Development Concept in the transport sector, which is a part of the Transport Operational Programme.

The Hungarian government has adopted a long-term national transport strategy, which focuses on the future development of infrastructure and its economic and environmental sustainability. Key documents for the transport sector include:

Research, Development and Innovation Strategy of Hungary (2021-2030) - The RDI strategy sets out three main overarching objectives for domestic innovation policy:

  • making more use than at present of the research results of public research institutions (research institutes and higher education institutions);
  • improving the innovation performance of domestic enterprises, especially small and medium-sized enterprises;
  • strengthening cooperation between actors in the R&D and innovation system.

In Hungary, the National Research, Innovation and Science Policy Council, was set up in December 2010 to coordinate government decisions on science, technology and innovation policy decisions. It is the highest level co-ordination and decision-making body in the domain of science, technology and innovation (STI) policies. They have four major tasks:

  1. Make decisions on STI policy issues of strategic relevance and related major projects, on financing STI, on the utilisation strategy of the Research and Technological Innovation Fund (KTIA in Hungarian), on the evaluation strategy of STI policy tools, on the report on the use of the National Scientific Research Fund (OTKA)
  2. Give opinion on the report on the use of KTIA, on the drafts of major STI policy documents submitted to the government, and on the utilisation strategy of the OTKA
  3. Make proposals to the government on legislation and regulation concerning STI issues
  4. Take part in the co-ordination of the governmental tasks concerning STI (in devising the STI budget and monitoring the implementation)

The National Innovation Office is responsible for establishing the rules, procedures and organisational set up used when making and implementing decisions concerning the National Strategic Reference Framework for 2014-2020. It:

  • discusses all the decision preparatory documents relevant to development policy;
  • makes decisions on (i) major action plans and proposals to be submitted to the European Commission, (ii) high priority development projects, and (iii) project proposals seeking public support over HUF1bn (~EUR3.3m);
  • gives its opinion on the rules and procedures guiding the support schemes operated by the National Development Agency;
  • monitors the major development projects and actions.

At sectoral level, research and development (R&D) is managed by the specific ministries. The key ministries with responsibilities for various domains of science, technology and innovation policies are:

At the operational level, the National Research, Development and Innovation Office develops policy on research, development and innovation, and manages international R&D cooperation. They are the primary source of advice on RDI policy for the Hungarian Government. 

Transport and infrastructure policies are developed and implemented by various ministerial departments. One such one department is the Deputy State Secretary for Transport, which comes under the Ministry of National Development. Transport-related projects require close interaction with the Ministry of Rural Development (with regards to urban planning), the Ministry of National Economy (with regards to long-term national strategies and sectoral plans), and the Ministry of Interior (with regards to transport safety and security).

 As with any research in Hungary, transport research can be funded in three ways:

  1. State funding;
  2. Private funding;
  3. EU funding sources.

Up until 2012, the main national source for funding research, development and innovation policy was the Research and Technological Innovation Fund, managed by the Research and Technological Innovation Council.

Research is now funded by two governmental bodies:

  1. Primarily the National Research, Development and Innovation Office
  2. National Development Agency

All research projects financed by the state budget are included in the Hungarian Current Research Information System, which is a free access database. All Ministries and Public Offices are required to contribute to this database.

Research Infrastructures in Hungary – this document introduces the situation and vision of the Hungarian research infrastructures is to present to the European Union how Hungary plans the issue of one of the particularly important RDI resources.

Projects co-financed by the EU Structural Funds are managed by the National Development Agency. The major sources of EU funding are the EU Cohesion Fund and ERDF.

The Smart Specialisation Strategy (S3) is a policy tool that has been used in the European Union since the 2014-2020 period. In the EU financial programming cycle 2021-2027, smart specialisation strategies are expected to contribute in their implementation to the EU’s “Smarter Europe” policy objective, as well as to the development of regional economies and the strengthening of structural adjustment to industrial transformation and digitalisation.

Current ongoing funding sources or programmes related to research in Hungary include:

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Development and professional foundations to support the implementation of the services to be performed in public passenger transport concept

Original Language Title
A közszolgáltatásként ellátandó közúti személyszállítás koncepciójának kidolgozása és a végrehajtás szakmai megalapozása, támogatása
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