Virág ZSÁR

WG1 Vice-Leader (2018-2019), Member of MC, Member of WG1

Description of job and tasks involved

Being the coordinator of the International Office in HETFA I am responsible for coordinating the work of 4-6 colleagues, preparing strategies and action plans with regard to our operation. 

Our operation is two-folded:

1) We support the work of our researchers in all phases of the granting period. We have a strong role in broadening our institution’s international network, to identify available funds, possible partnerships, to prepare and then to implement projects. We are also strongly involved in managing related administrative and financial tasks, with a special regard to reporting.

2) Due to the fact that HETFA has a broad network of local, regional and central public authorities, our office also contributes to supporting them in getting engaged in international activities, preparing and implementing projects in various fields, such as energy efficiency, cultural heritage, tourism, youth, citizenship.


Experience with European research projects

• FP7, Horizon 2020

• INTERREG Europe, Central Europe, Danube Region, Cross Border Cooperation

• EEA/Norway Grant

• Erasmus+



HETFA Research Institute is an independent and private research company operating as an SME. There are four separate offices on the basis of the different fields of expertise of our research and analytical colleagues. In each thematic office there are project managers who support the work of researchers, however, the fourth office, the International Office is which is responsible for providing support in the field of EU and international projects.


Colleagues in the international office are responsible for different tasks in each phase of the grant periods. Since our office is small, each colleague is involved both in the pre- and post granting phases depending on their thematic expertise, if there is any.


Professional Career

2015- present:

Lecturer, EU project management, Catholic University of Pázmány Péter, Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Main areas covered: Preparing national and EU-funded project proposals, project management, administrative and financial issues, quality assurance & dissemination


Coordinator, HÉTFA Research Institute and Center for Economic and Social Analyses, International Office

Main activities: fundraising, preparing &implementing transnational & EU project proposals, supporting researchers


Project Coordinator, HÉTFA Research Institute and Center for Economic and Social Analyses, International Office

Main activities: managing public policy analyses, impact assessments, building up the international network


International Expert, Regional Centre for Information and Scientific Development, RCISD

Main activities: preparing and implementing FP7 & H2020 projects (BILAT-UKR*AINA, Danube-INCO.NET, JEUPISTE). Supporting international R&I policy cooperation, policy mix peer review, conferences, workshops & trainings.


Desk Officer, Ministry of National Resources, Department for Science Policy

Main activities: preparing national frames supporting researchers’ involvement in FP projects.


Trainee, Collegium Budapest

Main activities: managing FP7 funded projects targeting international S&T policy cooperation (SEA-EU-NET)



2009- 2012:

Expert of International Relations (in English), MACorvinus University of Budapest, Faculty of Social Sciences

Main courses: International law, politics, international studies, EU studies & diplomacy


Expert of European Studies, MAFacultés universitaires Saint-Louis, Institute of European Studies, Brussels

Main courses: European integration, policies & law


Expert of International Relations, BAPázmány Péter Catholic University, Faculty of Humanities

Main courses: International law, international studies, EU integration & diplomacy