Strategic research areas of ELKH

Five key themes of strategic importance have been identified to advance ELKH’s mission and support achieve its goals. The themes correspond with major research directions of the ELKH research sites and are in line with the priority areas of EU’s Horizon Europe research and innovation program.

In the field of natural sciences ELKH’s goals include supporting high level exploratory and objective-oriented basic research and strengthening their international embeddedness; strengthening the R&D position of areas that are of national importance; facilitating activities focused on invention and innovation. The research network traditionally excels in the field of mathematics and its applications, such as computer science, IT and automatization; and also in the field of physics and chemistry and their applications, including material science, earth science and nuclear energy.

The ELKH research network aims to produce scientifically founded results addressing social and environmental challenges that may be utilized by society and the economy. Our life science strategy is in line with the strengths of our institutes, the priorities of the European Commission (EC), takes the EC’s 2020 work plan into consideration, with special emphasis on the tasks included in the European Green Deal. Moreover, ELKH is focused on supporting the special needs of society and the economy from the perspective of science.

In the field of life sciences outstanding knowledge and infrastructure is concentrated in the ELKH research network, which is comparable and complementary to that of Hungarian universities. ELKH’s purpose is to employ this capacity to support the health and pharmaceutical industry, as well as the higher education of experts in this area. Furthermore, while recognizing the priority of basic research it also aims to facilitate the economic exploitation of Hungarian and international scientific results.

A crucial question of the near future is whether Hungary is able to catch up with the leading countries of global economy. This goal can only be reached by economic systems that are able to produce value-added innovative and complex products and services, and by inclusive societies that are able to mitigate the differences in incomes and opportunities and to enhance social cohesion. The task of the institutes of the ELKH research network is to reveal the inner coherence of economic and social processes, and to make successful and adaptable expert proposals based on these results, as well as to assess the effects of the decisions of policy makers.

By doing research in various fields of the humanities, researchers can serve a public purpose in addition to obtaining information they are interested in for their own research, including supporting members of society in enhancing their self-awareness and general knowledge.