NFK has major responsibilities. It
- discusses all the decision preparatory documents relevant to development policy;
- makes decisions on (i) major action plans and proposals to be submitted to the European Commission, (ii) high priority development projects, and (iii) project proposals seekingpublic support over HUF1bn (~EUR3.3m);
- gives its opinion on the rules and procedures guiding the support schemes operated by the National Development Agency;
- monitors the major development projects and actions.
It also has the right to initiate new legislation concerning development policy issues.
NFK is responsible to establish the rules, procedures and organisational set up to be used when making and implementing decisions concerning the National Strategic Reference Framework for 2014-2020.
The government can only make decision on any development policy issue once it has been discussed and approved by NFK.
NFK, chaired by the prime minister, discusses all the major development policy documents and proposals, including RTDI support programmes. The government can only make decision on any development policy issue once it has been discussed and approved by NFK.
The direct predecessor of NFK concerning the co-ordination of science, technology and innovation (STI) policies - that is, not all development policy issues - was the National Research, Innovation and Science Policy Council. It had been set up in December 2010 to co-ordinate governmental STI policy decisions. It was chaired by a deputy prime minister, co-chaired by the president of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA), and the members were three ministers with key responsibilities in devising STI policies, that is, the politicians heading the Ministry of National Development, the Ministry for National Economy, and the Ministry of Human Resources.
Before setting up the National Research, Innovation and Science Policy Council (NKITT in Hungarian), there had been other high-level government bodies charged with the co-ordination of STI policies. The Research and Science Policy Council (KTT in Hungarian) was set up on 22 September 2009 by a government decree [No. 1162/2009. (IX. 22.) Korm].
Legally the KTT was not a successor of the Science and Technology Policy Council (TTPK in Hungarian) - existed under slightly different names for decades, before it was disbanded on 28 March 2009 - but in essence KTT replaced TTPK as the highest level STI policy-making body. Both KTT and TTPK were headed by the prime minister (except the 2000-2002 period, when TTPK was headed by a minister without portfolio) - while NKITT was chaired by one of the deputy prime ministers.
Research policy maker
All major RTDI support programmes are discussed and approved by NFK.