Project Overview

The project will set up an expert working group comprising leading representatives from Korean S&T policy implementation agencies and European experts. This group will map all existing thematic and organizational options open to European participation. It will study the participation regime and existing problems and will develop recommendations. The findings obtained by the working group will be presented in the policy paper, participation guidelines, FAQ document etc..

The Korean RTD programmes Helpdesk service will be set up in Europe to provide fast and free consulting and advising services on access opportunities, legal, organizational, financial and cultural issues and available supporting mechanisms. Additionally, this Helpdesk will monitor the participation of European researchers in Korean RTD programmes and distribute this information to all stakeholders. The aim is to equip existing multipliers (European INCO NCPs, all Korean FP7 NCPs) with the project findings and facilitate partner search and consortia building and provide consulting and advice both in Europe and Korea.

A range of dissemination and liaison-building mechanisms will be employed:
- Organization of Korean RTD workshops/stands/booths collocated with selected European flagship RTD events in order to promote access opportunities
- Organization of a conference “EU-Korea S&T Cooperation: mutual opportunities and benefits” in Germany to promote bilateral cooperation and raise awareness
- Development of a project webpage in a common web portal of the ACCESS4EU projects
- Annual meetings with the members of the Joint Committee on the EU-Korean S&T Agreement to inform them on the findings
- Issue and circulate newsletters, publications and promotional materials

The project will deliver this impact by the following:
In a Short-term perspective, identification of most suitable funding opportunities, provision of clear and transparent guidelines for their uptake, building a system of facilitation services (Helpdesk, NCP network), dissemination and promotion will result in the immediate increase of European RTD teams willing to engage with Korean counterparts in Korean RTD programmes. Moreover, initial bilateral partnerships will have greater chances for success thanks to more choice of opportunities, better quality of proposals and support during the proposal preparation and submission process.

In a Long-term perspective, identification of existing obstacles and pitfalls (legal, organizational, etc.) and direct dialogue with the major agenda-setting entities of EU-Korea S&T Cooperation will initiate necessary improvements in the frameworks for European participation in Korean RTD programmes. The Policy Paper will highlight the problems, and describe the progress and further actions in this direction. The improvement of the frameworks shall lead to the increase of effective collaborations of European research organizations in Korean programmes, as well as the less-readily measurable improvement of mutual understanding of the respective research systems in Europe and Korea. Another project feature which shall deliver a long-term impact is the immediate positive effect on research mobility between Korea and Europe.

As a conclusion, the KORRIDOR project will open a new chapter in bilateral S&T Cooperation, become an important element of the cooperative system and will contribute strongly to the implementation of the EU-Korea S&T Cooperation Agreement.