Research network

The ELKH research network currently comprises of eleven research centers, seven research institutes, and around 100 additional supported research teams operating at universities and other public institutions, conducting basic and applied research, exploring the most varied disciplines of mathematics and natural sciences, life sciences, social sciences and the humanities.

Research centers

Centre for Agricultural Research (ATK)

The Centre for Agricultural Research (ATK) was established in 2012 through the merger of several storied research institutes. Its research portfolio covers a wide range of fields in agricultural science, environmental management and environmental protection. In its comprehensive scientific program, the center seeks to…

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Centre for Ecological Research (CER)

The main task of the Centre for Ecological Research is to conduct high-level research on biodiversity and ecosystems, including both the freshwater and the terrestrial habitats and the cultivation of evolutionary basic and applied research at all relevant levels of the organization. The institution mainly hosts…

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Biological Research Centre (BRC)

The internationally recognized Biological Research Centre in Szeged is a prominent Hungarian life science research facility. The four institutes of the Centre founded in 1973, the Institutes of Biophysics, Biochemistry, Genetics and Plant Biology, employ some 260 researchers, whose work is hallmarked by high-ranking…

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Research Centre for Natural Sciences (TTK)

The Research Centre for Natural Sciences conducts multidisciplinary research in the field of natural sciences with a special focus on organic chemistry, materials and environmental chemistry, enzymology, and cognitive neuroscience and psychology. Research into the development of solutions targeting the reduction…

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Research Centre for Astronomy and Earth Sciences (CSFK)

The basic task of the Research Centre includes research on astronomy and Earth sciences (geography, geology, geochemistry, geophysics, conducting basic (exploratory) research, the preparation and publication of research results for application, conducting the theoretical investigations, and carrying out…

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Centre for Energy Research (EK)

The purpose of the Centre for Energy Research is to conduct international level scientific research in order to enhance Hungarian knowledge in the field of nuclear safety. The Centre focuses on the following topics…

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Wigner Research Centre for Physics (WIGNER)

The Wigner Research Centre for Physics is one of the most highly staffed research centers of the ELKH. Its mission is to conduct exploratory research in various fields of physics in Hungarian laboratories, at research sites located both in Hungary and abroad, and to coordinate Hungarian efforts in international projects…

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Research Centre for the Humanities (BTK)

The Research Centre for the Humanities (BTK) conducts internationally embedded basic research that meets international standards in the following fields: philosophy, literary studies, art history, ethnography, archeology, history, and musicology. The nine institutes constituting the BTK are involved in researching…

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Research Centre for Economic and Regional Studies (KRTK)

The Research Centre for Economic & Regional Studies is a leading scientific institute for 21st century Hungarian economics and regional research. The Centre coordinates the work of three institutes conducting theoretical and empiric research in the fields of economics, the world economy, spatial processes and…

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Hungarian Research Centre for Linguistics (NYTK)

The mission of the Hungarian Research Centre for Linguistics (NYTK) is to cultivate all areas of Hungarian linguistics and to conduct general, experimental and applied linguistic research. NYTK’s core research activity focuses on the following areas and research objectives: basic research in language theory and…

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Centre for Social Sciences (TK)

The mission of the Centre for Social Sciences includes the analysis of social processes, the collection, processing and publication of up-to-date data, ongoing development and application of methods of analysis, the elaboration and testing of new concepts and theories according to international norms in order to…

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Research Institutes

Institute for Nuclear Research (ATOMKI)

The Institute for Nuclear Research (Atomki) was founded in Debrecen in 1954. The founding director was Sándor Szalay, who even at that time stressed the importance of interdisciplinary research. Consequently, from the very beginning the Institute has not only dealt with physics…

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Veterinary Medical Research Institute (ÁTKI)

The Veterinary Medical Research Institute (ÁTKI) is the sole research facility in Hungary with primary dedication to veterinary science, and is a cornerstone of molecular microbiology research in the field. Its fundamental purpose is conducting basic research with the aim to providing greater insight into pathogens…

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Balaton Limnological Research Institute (BLKI)

Based in Tihany, the Balaton Limnological Research Institute (BLKI) is Hungary’s biological research institute boasting the longest history. Its main tasks include freshwater research, the exploration of the biota of Lake Balaton and its catchment area, study of the spatial and temporal variation changes, life processes…

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Institute of Earth Physics and Space Science (FI)

The geodetic and geophysical basic research at the Institute extends to the observation, modeling and interpretation of the physical status and processes of the Earth’s system; the development of related theoretical (mathematical and physics-related) and experimental methods and test instruments…

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Institute of Experimental Medicine (KOKI)

KOKI focuses on basic research in the field of neuroscience: neurotransmission, learning and memory, behavior, brain damage related to aging and epilepsy, and the regulation of hormone secretion by the central and the peripheral nervous system…

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Alfréd Rényi Institute of Mathematics (RI)

The Institute was founded in 1950 and named after its first director, Alfréd Rényi, who led the Institute for 20 years until his death in 1970. In 2001, the Rényi Institute was awarded the title of EU Centre of Excellence. Its core activities extend to carrying out planned research in various fields of mathematics and…

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Institute for Computer Science and Control (SZTAKI)

The Institute for Computer Science and Control (SZTAKI) is the largest and most successful research institute in Hungary in the field of information science. SZTAKI is an information science workshop in the broad sense, a national research base for IT, computer science and related fields…

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ELKH supported research groups

Office for Supported Research Groups

In addition to research centers and research institutes, the Eötvös Loránd Research Network includes more than 100 independent research groups operating in universities and other public institutions. These groups can receive funding for their research in the form of grants that Supported Research Groups or Lendület Research Groups can apply for. Their leaders are university and public institution employees, and their members are researchers employed by ELKH. From an administrative point of view, the groups are operated by the Office for Supported Research Groups (TKI).

The research groups belonging to TKI carry out their research in various fields of mathematics and natural sciences, life sciences, the humanities and social sciences. They provide an organic link between ELKH and major Hungarian research universities, thus laying the foundations for high-level partnerships of excellence.

The research carried out in the 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 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.