Semmelweis University has won a significant number of R&D&I grants over the past years. The grants include individual, consortial, and a significant number of institutional applications. As an elite research university, it is among those Central and Eastern European higher educational institutions that act as consortium leader and coordinator of the FP7 project.
The Research University grant, together with other, primarily individual researcher grants, has enabled Semmelweis University to continue to conduct cutting edge scientific work and hold onto its regional leading role in research, development, and innovation.
There has been a very dynamic and progressive increase in the total value of R&D&I grant support over the past eight years. The University doubled its R&D&I income between 2004 and 2010, while 2011 saw an additional 80 percent increase in resources. The foremost reason behind this can be explained through the winning of the Research University TÁMOP grants and European Union funds. In 2011, the total amount received for R&D&I exceeded the HUF 5.4 billion (approx. EUR 17.5 million) mark. In the case of Semmelweis University, the decisive role played by the Hungarian Scientific Research Fund (OTKA) is necessitated by the large number of grant applications submitted by the University. Seventy-five of the 288 applications submitted between 2007 and 2011 received funding, which averages out to a success rate of 26 percent for the given time period. Out of the HUF 6 billion (approx. EUR 19.5 million) in funding requested in Semmelweis University’s grant applications, HUF 1.8 billion (approx. EUR 5.8 million) was realised. Over the past five years, the success and funding rates of Semmelweis University’s submissions surpassed the aggregate average of all OTKA grant applications – with the exception of 2009. The funding received through grant applications can essentially be organised into three groups: purely domestic public-funded, domestic and foreign co-financed, and purely foreign-funded grants. The two largest sources belong in the first group: the Hungarian Scientific Research Fund (OTKA) and the Research and Technology Research Fund (KTIA).
In the case of KTIA grants, Semmelweis University had primarily had success in the Asbóth, NKFP, Mecenatúra, and Baross programmes. Within the framework of these grants, the institution received close to HUF 3.9 billion (approx. EUR 12.6 million) in funding between 2007 and 2011.
The co-financed grants include the New Hungary Development Plan (ÚMFT)/New Széchenyi Plan (ÚSZT), the European Regional Cooperation (ETE), the EGT/Norwegian Financing Mechanism, and the Ambient Assisted Living Join Programme (AAL JP). The ÚSZFT/ÚSZT grants are decisive from the University’s point of view though the funding of two AAL projects also commenced at the University in 2011/2012, for example. The funding sources for R&D&I activities, namely (TÁMOP), (TIOP), (GOP), and certain priorities of the regional operational programmes may be found within the ÚMFT/ÚSZT constructions.
The most significant source of funding for foreign grants is the European Union (primarily the Seventh Framework Programme for Research [FP7]). Semmelweis University has received more than HUF 2 billion (approx. EUR 6.5 million) in EU funding between 2007 and 2011. In the last three years, the University obtained nearly HUF 1.5 billion (approx. EUR 4.9 million) of the EU’s resources, which indicates an increase in the amount and significance of this form of funding, especially in the year 2011.
The specialty areas and institutions involved in Semmelweis University’s FP7 projects are pulmonology, genetics, cell and immunobiology, paediatrics, neurodegenerative diseases, arthritis, pharmaceutical research, depression and suicide prevention, biomarker research, chronic kidney disease, medical diagnostics, neonatal care, and research related to smoking and public health.
The success of the grant application activities is apparent not only in the number of acquired grants, but in the results of the R&D activities, as well. The fundamental result of the implemented projects is the fulfilment of the objectives and tasks outlined in the funding programmes and assumed in the specific projects.
The grant funds allow Semmelweis University’s researchers to enter international networks, thus providing the opportunity to utilise foreign research results and experience within Hungary. The mobility grants serve a similar purpose, especially if it is ensured that the knowledge gained abroad will be used in Hungary, and that the Hungarian professionals studying, researching, or teaching abroad will return home. In addition to the above, the funding programmes provide an opportunity for mutually beneficial collaboration between the higher education and business sphere.
More information on currently running grants.