Research Projects

RIERC research projects focus on the following four areas:

1. Multilevel analysis of regional innovation systems (spatial econometric analyses, university-industry relationships, knowledge network analysis, agent-based innovation research)
2. Study of the entrepreneurial process (entrepreneurship indices, small business competitiveness analysis, university spin-off research)
3. Development of regional policy impact models
4. Aplication of the accumulated knowledge in regional development policy analyses

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  • MTA-PTE Innovation and Economic Growth Research Group

    Sponsor: Hungarian Academy of Sciences
    Duration: 01.07.2012 – 30.06.2017
    Researchers: Attila Varga, Katalin Erdős, Orsolya Hau-Horváth, Péter Járosi, Tamás Sebestyén, Éva Somogyiné Komlósi, Norbert Szabó
    Objectives: It is proven by economics that innovation is one of the most important factors of economic growth in the modern era (Romer, 1990). The new cohesion policy of the EU introduced in 2014 and related to this also the document Europe 2020 aims the strengthening of innovation to enhance global positions of the EU. Boosting innovation is the key to put Hungary on a new growth path too. The least known, but very critical areas of the domestic innovation system are innovation co-operations and entrepreneurial willingness (e.g. Havas and Nyíri, 2007). It is less likely to gain further, deeper knowledge on the co-operation of the actors of the Hungarian innovation system (industrial companies, service providers, private and publicly funded research institutions), respectively on the national entrepreneurial willingness on the base of traditional tools (entrepreneurial surveys, standard innovation surveys (CIS), patenting activity, analysis of R&D activity. The traditional research methods are also insufficient to analyse the relationship between innovation and economic growth. The research analyses innovation co-operations, the complex relationship of entrepreneurship and economic growth by applying new research tools developed in the international literature.

    Financial and Institutional Reforms for Entrepreneurial Society (FIRES)

    Sponsor: EU Horizon 2020 – the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation
    Duration: 2015–2017
    Role: consortium member
    Researchers: László Szerb, Balázs Páger, Éva Somogyiné Komlósi
    Objectives: In this project we will analyse the broader contexts of smart, inclusive and sustainable growth in Europe to support implementation of the Commission’s 'Europe 2020' growth strategy and to restore Europe’s ability to innovate, grow and create jobs over the coming decades. In this proposal we argue that entrepreneurship must play a central role in that effort. 'Entrepreneurship' tends to make people think of the US and its model of high growth and high-tech start-ups in Silicon Valley. We are keenly aware, however, that a European growth agenda requires a focus on European entrepreneurship. US recipes and models will not fit the European context and do not deliver the results Europe wants. Our project's objective is therefore to thoroughly analyse European institutional arrangements and their current (in)ability to mobilise Europe’s human, financial and knowledge resources for entrepreneurial activity. This will help us formulate an effective reform strategy to reinvigorate European economies. The current diversity of institutional arrangements in Europe has long and common historical roots that must first be recognised and understood. Based on common global trends in technology and competition, we then establish the urgency and desirability for making the transition to a more entrepreneurial economy throughout Europe. Once this has been established, our project will develop and provide the tools for policy makers to assess the quality of national and regional entrepreneurial ecosystems and to identify the main strengths and weaknesses with regard to making the transition. Based on this assessment we will formulate specific proposals to enhance the allocation of talent, finance and knowledge to new value creation and we will conclude our project with a legal analysis to see where competencies currently lie and what action could be taken.
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  • Hungarian analysis related to the “Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) - project” international entrepreneurship research

    Sponsor: Ministry of Economy, University of Pécs
    Duration: 2001–2016
    Researchers: László Szerb, Attila Varga, Balázs Páger, Éva Somogyiné Komlósi
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  • Modelling the expected macroeconomic Impact of supports for the ex-ante assessment of the 2014-20 programming period

    Sponsor: National Development Agency
    Duration: 2013–2015
    Researchers: Attila Varga, Péter Járosi, Tamás Sebestyén, Norbert Szabó

    GRINCOH – Growth-Innovation-Competitiveness: Fostering Cohesion in Central and Eastern Europe (GRINCOH)

    Sponsor: FP7-SSH-2011-2 (290657)
    Duration: 01.03.2012 – 28.02.2015
    Role: Consortium partner
    Researchers: Attila Varga, László Szerb, Péter Járosi, Tamás Sebestyén, Katalin Erdős
    Objectives: GRINCOH addresses two issues affecting Central and Eastern European economies: the disjuncture between fast productivity growth and poor performance in developing innovative capacities for longer-term sustainable growth; and the pronounced economic, social and environmental territorial disparities resulting from accelerated growth. The project objectives are to: (a) establish development scenarios for CEECs up to 2020 under different assumptions of political frameworks, institutional conditions and development strategies; (b) identify the implications for sustainable growth – based on innovation and the development of technological capabilities – and greater economic, social and territorial cohesion; and (c) advise on future policy options, especially for EU Cohesion policy.
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  • International scientific embedding, technical development and economic growth

    Sponsor: OTKA
    Duration: 2012–2014
    Researchers: Attila Varga, Katalin Erdős, Orsolya Hau-Horváth, Márton Horváth, Péter Járosi, Dórra Longauer, Tamás Sebestyén, Éva Somogyiné Komlósi, Norbert Szabó
    Objectives: The economically useful scientific-technological knowledge plays a central role in macroeconomic growth. Research and development is one of the most decisive innovation factor. It is a specific feature of R&D that the process becomes increasingly collaborative in nature, thus new scientific results are born in co-operation of innovative companies, public and private research institutes. Despite the fact that the structure of research networks, respectively the position taken in those are important considering the scientific and innovative performance, previous researches did not analyse the position of internationally outstanding performing Hungarian researchers in global networks. On the base of previous research results, we determine global positions of internationally competitive Hungarian research groups with a newly developed index that measures the quality of the network connection, respectively we analyse the quality of the network connection and the success of the scientific and innovative activity, and the relationship between long run regional and macro level economic growth by using a model framework that is new on the international level as well.

    SEARCH – Sharing KnowledgE Assets: InteRegionally Cohesive NeigHborhoods (SEARCH)

    Sponsor: FP7-SSH-2010-2 (266834)
    Duration: 01.08.2011 – 31.07.2014
    Role: Consortium partner
    Researchers: Attila Varga, László Szerb, Péter Járosi, Tamás Sebestyén, Katalin Erdős
    Objectives: The main objective of this project is to strengthen the integration process between the EU and the NCs by focusing on the European Research Neighbourhood (ERN), thereby improving fundamentally the understanding of institutional framework conditions of the ENP countries, their economic interactions with the EU in terms of people, capital, trade, knowledge, and innovation, in order to improve future definition and implementation of European Neighbouring Policies taking into account that "one size fits all" policy recommendations will not be appropriate due to the bilateral nature of the EU-ENP countries agreements.
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    Complex analysis and modelling of the effects of energy production, energy use and waste management technologies on company competitiveness, city, region and macro-economy

    Sponsor: SROP 4.2.2./A-11/1/KONV-2012-0058
    Duration: 2012–2014
    Role: principal investigator
    Researchers: László Szerb, Attila Varga, Katalin Erdős, Tamás Sebestyén

  • Principles of environmental protection and environmental management in urban and rural areas, in modern architecture

    Sponsor: SROP 4.2.1./B-10/2/KONV-2010-0002
    Duration: 2011–2013
    Researchers: Attila Varga, László Szerb, Katalin Erdős, Orsolya Hau-Horváth, Márton Horváth, Péter Járosi, Tamás Sebestyén, Éva Somogyiné Komlósi, Norbert Szabó

    The Regional Entrepreneurship and Development Index - MEASURING REGIONAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP

    Sponsor: DG Regio
    Duration: 2013
    Researchers: László Szerb

  • Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM), entrepreneurial activity in Hungary

    Sponsor: OTKA
    Duration: 2010–2012
    Researchers: László Szerb

  • Science and Technology Research In a Knowledge-based Economy (STRIKE)

    Sponsor: ESF-COST (action number: IS06049)
    Duration: 2007–2011
    Role: consortium member
    Researchers: Attila Varga

    Analysis of the innovative and co-operation capacity and development opportunities of SMEs in Hungarian-Romanian cross-border regions

    Sponsor: EU Cross-Border (InCoDeSME, HURO/0801/087)
    Duration: 2010–2011
    Role: external advisor
    Researchers: László Szerb

  • DIME Network of Excellence

    Sponsor: EC
    Duration: 2005–2010
    Role: consortium member
    Researchers: Attila Varga, László Szerb, Katalin Erdős, Orsolya Hau-Horváth, Márton Horváth, Péter Járosi, Tamás Sebestyén, Norbert Szabó
    Objectives: DIME (Dynamics of Institutions and Markets in Europe) is a network of social scientists in Europe, working on the economic and social consequences of increasing globalization and the rise of the knowledge economy. DIME is sponsored by the 6th Framework Programme of the European Union. The network brings together a wide variety of scholars, for example from economics, geography, sociology, history, political science and law.
    DIME is a formal organization, of which academic research units (typically universities or other public research organizations) can become members. However, most of the activities in the network are open to scholars from outside the DIME membership list.
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    IAREG – Intangible Assets and Regional Economic Growth (IAREG)

    Sponsor: FP7-SSH-2007-1 (216813)
    Duration: 01.02.2008 – 31.07.2010
    Role: consortium partner
    Researchers: Attila Varga, László Szerb, Péter Járosi, Tamás Sebestyén, Katalin Erdős
    Objectives: The general objective is to analyse the role played by intangible assets (IA) in the generation of innovation and productivity and growth at a theoretical and especially at an empirical level. In addition to the analysis of the actors generating these IA, the project will also consider the linkages among them and the geographical dimension in which these processes take place. This will be done in order to give scientific support to policy activities in relation to IA and to identify best practices for regional innovation systems.
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    Analysis of factors influencing establishment and growth of domestic companies.

    Sponsor: OTKA (69283)
    Duration: 2007–2010
    Researchers: László Szerb

  • Competitive Integration into the European Research Area. Enhancing the co-operation of publicly funded research organisations and the economy.

    Sponsor: NKFP5 Programme
    Duration: 2005–2008
    Role: consortium member
    Researchers: Attila Varga

    Business potential of R&D activities in the university environment and their transfer to SMEs in the Cross-Border Region (CrosboR&D)

    Sponsor: SL-HU-CR/05/4012-106/2004/01/HU-12 (Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary)
    Duration: 2005–2008
    Role: research subprogram leader
    Researchers: Attila Varga

  • Development of a complex macro- and regional economic model for the National Development Office to support decision making in development policy

    Duration: 09.2005–04.2007
    Researchers: Attila Varga

    Growth opportunities of small and medium-sized enterprises: external and internal supporting and impeding factors

    Sponsor: NKTH „Researches in economics (KOZKUT_06)”
    Duration: 2007
    Role: principal investigator
    Researchers: László Szerb

  • Enhancing university innovation transfer potential towards SMEs of cross-border regions (CrosboR&D)

    Sponsor: EU INTERREG III (Sl-HU-CR/05/4012-106/2004/01/HU-12)
    Duration: 2004–2006
    Researchers: László Szerb

    The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) Enterprises in Hungary research during the period 2004 and 2006

    Sponsor: GKM (XII/125/2003)
    Duration: 2004–2006
    Researchers: László Szerb

    Supporting the innovation activity of new technology-oriented enterprises by state-tools: identifying best practices, domestic empirical research and suggestions for policy-makers

    Sponsor: NKTH Jedlik Ányos programme
    Duration: 2006
    Role: participant
    Researchers: László Szerb

  • Knowledge transfer between universities and the economy in Hungary

    Sponsor: OTKA T 042840
    Duration: 2003–2005
    Researchers: Attila Varga

    The value of European Patents. International comparative analysis

    Sponsor: EC
    Duration: 2005
    Role: consortium member
    Researchers: Attila Varga

  • Ex ante assessment of the macroeconomic impacts of the EU structural funds

    Sponsor: Ministry of Economy
    Duration: 2002–2003
    Researchers: Hans Joachim Schalk, Attila Varga

  • Business consultation

    Sponsor: EU PHARE HU9705
    Duration: 2000–2002
    Role: leader of the 5th subproject
    Researchers: László Szerb


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