Thematic Foci and Research Lines
In addition to its institute for advanced study core, which must inevitably remain funded by a group of institutional sponsors, the Collegium will further develop its capability to attract research grants by organizing variable-size project teams surrounding the core. The combination of IAS-like, uncommitted research with focused, goal-oriented project work will provide a balance between scientific autonomy on the one hand, and accountability and sensitivity to the needs of society, on the other.
In order to complement its resources, strengthen its autonomy through diversification, and to meet the challenges of real-life problems, the Collegium will seek to establish contacts with market players and address problems that are of high theoretical interest, as well as of practical importance. The unique combination of governmental, non-governmental and market support will allow for greater flexibility, and may serve as a laboratory experiment that other similar institutions may wish to follow.
Owing to its multidisciplinary character and flexible structure, Collegium Budapest is ideally suited for initiating programs that encompass disciplines from the social sciences and the humanities, as well as the natural sciences. Interdisciplinary co-operation will be actively encouraged and it will be a conscious policy to initiate research and attract projects that demand the joint activity of experts from diverse fields.
The major research lines are represented by the activities of the permanent fellows and include:
The Collegium plays an important role in Hungarian academic life. Continuous effort will be made to further develop, foster, and expand the wide range of existing contacts, include joint activities and cost-sharing with other institutions, and to participate in the training of young researchers. The Collegium is one of the very few scientific institutions in Hungary that is able to invite a number of Western scholars for extended periods - in this respect it plays a far more important role in the external contacts of Hungarian science than its small size would suggest.