MOME is set to play an international role in an important area of research and development
Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design has won an international innovation tender for the first time in its history. Through Horizon, the European Union’s funding programme for research and development, MOME will help advance transition to a biobased economy, a goal also important to Hungary.
MOME created its Tender and Development Directorate one year ago to help place the university on the map of international collaborations. In a major coup for MOME, its first ever tender proposal received a maximum score from Horizon Europe, the European Union’s key funding programme for sustainable development and climate protection. According to its winning proposal, MOME will contribute its research and development activity to help advance transition to a biobased economy.
“This victory marks a milestone for MOME for two reasons. First, because it gives our university an international role in an economically and ecologically significant area that is also important for Hungary. And second, because we can use these EU grants to further increase our financial wiggle room and secure another source of funding for our university in addition to state funding”, said President of MOME Foundation Gergely Böszörményi-Nagy.
What is biomass?
Broadly speaking, biomass is the mass of the Earth’s living biological organisms. In a narrower sense, it means all organic matter, waste, and plant raw materials that can be used for energy production. Sources of biomass are residues from agriculture and forestry, animal waste, food processing, and municipal and industrial waste. Due to the 45-50% carbon content of biomass, it has considerable potential for use for energy, and can replace fossil fuels. Hungary’s total biomass supply is estimated at around 350 to 360 million tons.
MOME is changing its operational model
Since August 2020, the 142-year-old Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design (MOME) has been operating in a foundation framework. As part of the model change, MOME has developed a long-term strategy, reinvented its research and development activity, launched the digitalisation of its internal processes, and proceeded to modernise training.
In addition to providing a traditionally high level art and design education, the university will introduce entrepreneurial training and launch its first English-language MAs from 2022. In 2021, MOME's budget nearly quadrupled, and the foundation also decided to grant the most substantial pay rise to teachers in the history of Hungarian higher education.