The report, which MTA President E. Szilveszter Vizi is to
present to Parliament on Wednesday, shows that the decline in
funding for R+D seen in previous years has turned into growth,
though it is still below the European Union average of 1.9 percent
In 2006, central budget funds provided 44.8 percent of R+D
spending, down from 49.6 percent in 2005, the report said.
The number of new patents filed shrank from 1,275 in 2005 to 924
in 2006, with the largest chunk (20-25 percent) related to
pharmaceuticals and biotechnology.
While Hungary has a satisfactory number of basic researchers and
ranks 26-27th in global publication and citation lists, it lags
behind in levels of innovation and lacks young innovators, the
Among the developments of the past few years, it noted that a
Hungarian researcher, Imre Toth, had been part of the team which
took a Hubble telescope image of a comet breakup in April 2006. It
added that the MTA’s Mathematics Institute had concluded a
co-operation agreement with the investment consultancy Morgan
Stanley, which plans to bring its financial centre to Budapest.