National Agricultural Research and Innovation Center (NAIK) was founded by the governmental act 1476 (VII.24.), on January 1, 2014. An integrated, single legal entity was established from the fragmented and ill-proportioned sectoral governmental RDI capacities (13 research institutes in the field of agriculture and food science), where the institutes keep their professional autonomy as separate organizational units and their financial management is carried out on a high level of independence. The institutes integrated by NAIK conduct high-quality basic and applied research and development activities related to plant and animal biotechnology/genetics, animal breeding, reproduction and nutrition, aquaculture and fisheries, food and meat science, plant and vegetable production, viticulture and enology, forest research and management, climate change and biodiversity, agroenvironmental research and technologies, agricultural engineering, and agricultural economics. The organisation, by employing nearly 200 researchers, is of significant size even at international level. It is able to join the world’s scientific circulation and increase the recognition of Hungarian agricultural research. NAIK has been heavily involved in international projects since its establishment. NAIK has taken part in several Framework 7 projects and has seven ongoing Horizon 2020 projects.

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József Fogarasi