The 10th Hungarian-Indian R&D Joint Committee meeting was held in New Delhi on March 21. Dr. József PÁLINKÁS, President of the National Research, Development and Innovation Office (NRDIO), led the Hungarian delegation. During the meeting, the research and development policies of the two Sides were discussed, and new directions of cooperation were outlined. The Committee decided on the grants of the applications submitted at the end of 2017, and on extension of the agreement on the Joint Strategic Research Fund.
The bilateral scientific and research cooperation between India and Hungary is based on the Scientific and Technological Agreement concluded by the Government of Hungary and the Government of the Republic of India in 1992. The NRDIO and the Ministry of Science and Technology - Department of Science and Technology are the partners in the implementation of the agreement. On 18 January 2008, the parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the establishment of a Joint Strategic Research Fund. The Fund calls for applications, attracting promising joint Hungarian-Indian R&D projects, which can offer new or improved market-oriented products and services.
The two parties have called for a Joint Committee (R&D JC), which meets every two years alternately in Hungary and India. The purpose of the meetings of the Joint Committee is to draw up the next biennial work plan and - on the basis of the evaluation of the research proposals submitted in the framework of the joint call - a common decision on the projects to be supported.