International relations

Within the NIIF Program, KIFÜ maintains intensive and fruitful international (organizational, professional, network, and project cooperation) relations with major European and foreign national organizations whose goals are similar to the development and implementation of electronic or digital infrastructure service provided by KIFÜ for Hungarian research, education and public collections. These relationships and opportunities for collaboration are in line with the crucial role that research and education communities around the world play in innovation, advance, testing, piloting and widespread application of innovative technologies, development of services and applications and in dissemination.

It is essential that KIFÜ cooperates with international partners in the whole of e-infrastructures spectrum (infrastructure, services, applications, content).

Major international organizational/professional/networking relationships:

  • GÉANT Association: full membership in the international network e-infrastructure, the organization, continuous participation in projects running under the auspices of the organization and their consortia and relevant programme management and planning bodies, contractual relations in the implementation of projects (from TEN-34 to GN4-3 projects)
  • e-IRG (e-Infrastructures Reflection Group): participation in the work of the working group on the digital subset of European research infrastructures, contribute with expertise and opinion
  • PLAN-E (Platform of the National eScience Center in Europe): participation in the cooperation related to the pan-European eScience developments and policy discussion 
  • ISOC (Internet Society): full membership and participation in a extensive range of Internet-related activities, including the ISOC AC (Advisory Council) and the ISOC-ECC (ISOC European Coordinating Council)
  • RIPE - NCC (Réseaux IP Européenne - Networking Coordination Center): full membership and participation in work under the European Regional Internet Registry, mainly related to address and name allocation
  • PRACE (Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe): full membership, in the framework of which Hungarian research can access leading European technologies in the field of HPC and participate in professional collaborations, which are fundamentally necessary to maintain and improve the quality of domestic HPC services.
  • LEONARDO: Under the EuroHPC program, co-funded by the EU and Italy, one of the world's most powerful supercomputers will be built in Bologna by 2021. Leonardo will be one of 3 pre-exa performance supercomputers in Europe. This  capacity will also be available to Hungarian users through KIFÜ membership.
  • EOSC Assocation: Member of EOSC which will offer 1.7 million European researchers and 70 million professionals in science, technology, the humanities and social sciences a virtual environment with open and seamless services for storage, management, analysis and re-use of research data, across borders and scientific disciplines by federating existing scientific electronic infrastructures, currently dispersed over disciplines and the EU Member States.