Statutory public functions of MTA Research Centre for Natural Sciences

MTA Research Centre for Natural Sciences manages public functions of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, undertakes public functions independently, and performs other activities, too. Statutory public functions of the research centre are determined by the supervising entity of MTA Research Centre for Natural Sciences in the Deed of Foundation.

Basic activities

MTA Research Centre for Natural Sciences carries out multidisciplinary research in natural sciences. The research centre and its institutions have provided specific activities determined in the Deed of Foundation, and within the area of research, the institutes have given priority to the following disciplines and research tasks:

In the field of organic chemistry

Developing novel types of reaction, the synthesis of new ring frames and compounds in the field of organic small- and supramolecular molecules, determination of chemical structure and interpretation of experimental processes by instrumental techniques and theoretical calculations.

In the field of materials- and environmental chemistry

Research of discovery and experimental development in some key areas of materials- and environmental science, with special emphasis on chemical aspects thereof. Exploratory research in the field of nanoscale functional materials and application of the results in integrated nano/micro systems.

In the field of enzymology

Basic research of natural science and experimental development in some areas of biological sciences (such as, biophysics, biochemistry, bioinformatics, enzymology, genetics, molecular biology, cell biology). Exploratory research in drug effects for the investigation of biological bases on molecular level. Experimental development for the formation of new effective and safe drugs.

In the field of cognitive neuroscience and psychology

Research of discovery and applications in experimental psychology, human-, developmental and comparative psychophysiology, social development psychology, social psychology and cultural psychology.

Other tasks related to research functions of MTA Research Centre for Natural Sciences:

  • establishing and maintaining cooperation and contacts with academic institutions of other countries and international scientific societies;
  • promoting the presence of Hungarian research projects in the fields of biochemistry, molecular biology, enzymology, chemistry, technical physics, materials science and psychology in international academic life;
  • organizing national and international scientific events and conferences, announcing calls for grant applications;
  • issuing scientific, professional and educational publications relating to its activities;
  • promoting the cultivation of science in Hungarian language;
  • encouraging and facilitating social and economic utilisation of achievements made in scientific research;
  • in cooperation with higher education institutions, participating in education, as well as
  • performing tasks in joint research, training and post-graduate education programmes; operating a research library.

Regular business activities

Based on the Deed of Foundation No.: E-1307/2011, MTA Research Centre for Natural Sciences may also conduct enterprising activities; however, the total amount of its income made from such activities in any two consecutive years shall not be more than one third of its actual expenditures of the given year. At the time of entering into force of this regulation, the research centre has not done any business activities; if it decided to conduct business activities, the present regulation would have to be supplemented by recording the range of activities performed and classification of range of activities according to the order of public professional tasks.

Competence, range of operation


Name of supervising entity:

Hungarian Academy of Sciences registered seat: H-1051 Budapest, Széchenyi tér 9

Supervision of the research centre, supervising entities of the operation

The activities of MTA are headed by the President as specified in the Act on MTA according to the decisions and decrees of the Statutory Provisions of the General Assembly. The President is the head of the supervising organ. In accordance with the decisions of the General Assembly and guidelines of the President of MTA, the Secretary General of MTA provides the administrative management of research networks through the MTA Secretariat. The Council of Research Institutes of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences supervises the organisation and operation of research centres. The activities of research centres and institutes and development plans are analysed and judged by an external advisory board. An annual report on scientific activities and management of the research centre is prepared and evaluated in accordance with the Act XL of 1994 on the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and MTA’s Statutory Provisions.