The two-year project is being coordinated by the Hungarian
Academy of Science’s Research institute for Technology, Physics and
Materials Science. The idea, said Eva Hegedus, head of the R+D
office of the institute, is for organistions with the same profile
to operate as a consortium in combining research, education, and
business. That, she said, will yield a complete innovation chain,
ranging from pure research, through applied research and
development, and on to finished products.
This type of platform project, based on the European Union
model, is new in Hungary, Hegedus said, adding that the goal was to
spur on innovation and discover the areas that could best contribute
to boosting the country’s economy, concentrating on micro and
nano-electronics and solar panel technology.
The integrated micro/nanotechnology system platform is just one
of 11 research areas receiving special support, she said, adding
that others include the pharmaceutical industry, information
technology, language and speech technology, and biotechnology.