This section is dedicated specifically to researchers. You will find here the information about the opportunities of rare diseases research funding at the national level in  "National RD funding initiatives" and "Next generation sequencing facilities database" that groups sequencing platforms from Europe and Associated countires.

Hungarian Scientific Research Fund

The OTKA (The Hungarian Scientific Research Fund) is a research funding organisation. The Hungarian Scientific Research Fund (Hungarian abbreviation: OTKA) has been the major funding agency of basic science and scholarship since 1986 when the transition to competitive research funding started in Hungary. Its "founding fathers" modelled the principles of operation on the practice of German (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) and American research funds (National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health). Upon a government decree, OTKA has been operating as an independent non-profit organisation since 1991. Its legal status and rules of operation were established in an act in 1993 and reinforced in 1997 by the Hungarian parliament in order to provide independent support to scientific research activities and infrastructure, to promote scientific achievements of international standards, and to provide assistance to young researchers. With regards to the funds provided within the annual budget of the Republic of Hungary, the appropriations of OTKA are administered via the budget of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
During the two decades of its operation, OTKA has supported approximately fifteen thousand research projects with an overall funding worth 218 million Euros. OTKA's annual budget for 2008, established in the national currency, is worth about 20 million Euros. It covers the annual financial support of around two thousand research projects (two to four years of duration each), with three hundred to four hundred new research projects starting every year. OTKA administers two rounds of open calls for proposals with a bottom-up approach towards research proposals, postdoctoral research proposals, and proposals for international cooperation every year (often based on bilateral agreements between OTKA and foreign research funding agencies with the view of Europe and Hungary investing in a knowledge-based society) - without thematic restrictions. A characteristic feature of the calls for proposals is the preference of basic research, involving theory and practice with the primary objective of recognising new scientific laws and elaborating new methods and skills.
Competition is very intense: in recent years, the annual figure of applications has varied between 1500 and 1800, the average support ratio being approximately twenty percent of the total number of proposals received. Their evaluation is based on a peer review system where the individual expert reviews are collected through an online electronic proposal review system and the proposals are further evaluated and ranked by a two-level system of review panels and boards.
Title of the programme: Blanc
Type of the programme: non-thematic call for proposals. No national call for proposals specific for rare diseases but there are other calls where researchers working on rare diseases can apply
Recurrence of the programme: yearly

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