Two excellence programs launched – molecular medicine and cyber-physical systems

The two Hungarian winners of the Teaming excellence research program will study the molecular diagnostics of cardio-vascular, tumor and inflammatory diseases and the development of production and logistics systems indispensable for industrial production.

27 April, 2017

The two consortiums coordinated by the National Research, Development and Innovation Office have been granted 8 billion HUF (25 million EUR), but with additional Hungarian sources and support from participating institutions the overall budget of the two projects reaches 22 billion HUF (73 million EUR). Robert-Jan Smits, Director-General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission was present during the festive kick-off event of the project in Budapest, 11 April 2017.

The winning projects

EPIC – Centre of Excellence in Production Informatics and Control

Participants: MTA Institute for Computer Science and Control (SZTAKI), Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Fraunhofer Institute

The overall objective of the project is to establish an excellence centre as a leading institution for cyber-physical production and logistic systems. The shared aim of participants is to boost innovation processes, to find new industry-relevant solutions, to create a sustainable and competitive production ecosystem and to train the next generation of young, initiative experts highly skilled in the application of internationally acknowledged best practices. The overall budget of the project is around 6,5 billion HUF. MTA SZTAKI initiated the establishment of the National Industry 4.0 Technological Platform to adapt the Industrie 4.0 initiative in Hungary.

HCEMM-MOLMEDEX – Creating the Hungarian Centre of Excellence for Molecular Medicine

Participants: MTA Biological Research Centre (Szeged), Szeged University, Debrecen University, Semmelweis University, European Molecular Biology Laboratory

The primary objective of the project is to establish the Hungarian Centre for Excellence for Molecular Medicine, which will focus on translational medicine, i.e. the application of laboratory results as fast as possible in the everyday treatment of patients. Research will aim at a breakthrough in the treatment of illnesses affecting older generations, including cardio-vascular, tumor and inflammatory diseases. Another important aim of the partners in the consortium is to create a regional scientific centre which specializes in the most modern directions of molecular medicine and trains and employs highly qualified researchers. The new excellence centre will be situated in three locations, Debrecen, Szeged and Budapest, headed by the unit in Szeged Elipolis Technological and Industrial Park. The overall budget of the project is 15,6 billion HUF (52 million EUR).

Robert-Jan Smith at the MTA Institute of Experimental Medicine (MTA KOKI) Source:ás Szigeti

You can read more on the winning projects and the Teaming Action on the homepage of National Research, Development and Innovation Office.