HUN-REN Office for Supported Research Groups
In addition to research centres and research institutes, the Hungarian Research Network currently comprises 116 independent supported research groups operating at universities and other public institutions. These groups can receive support for their research based on their successful application. The administrative tasks related to their operation are handled by the HUN-REN Office for Supported Research Groups (HUN-REN TKI).
The research groups belonging to HUN-REN TKI carry out their research in various fields of mathematics and natural sciences, life sciences, and social sciences and the humanities. They provide an organic link between HUN-REN and major Hungarian research universities, thus laying the foundations for high-level partnerships of excellence.
The research carried out in these groups contributes significantly to Hungarian scientific output. Due to its many practical applications, this can also be used to the benefit of society. Research by several life sciences groups is contributing, for example, to the conservation of biodiversity, the development of region-wide reconstruction programs, and improvements in public health. In addition to successful basic research activities, the research carried out here in the field of natural sciences also helps solve many practical issues, including the lateral stability of self-driving vehicles, water management issues at Lake Balaton, and the development of new composite materials.
Several groups are carrying out essential research in the field of Hungarian history and language. It is worth highlighting the work associated with language technology and the publication of archives from the Anjou and the Sigismund eras, which can be regarded as valuable scientific work. In addition, studies are undertaken into many other popular and important social science issues, such as social and generational differences in behaviors detrimental to public health.