Participating in Korean RTD Programmes - FAQ

You can find most of your questions regarding the participation in our research programmes below or you can just easily download our FAQ Flyer.

Q. Which Korean programmes are open to European participation?

A. The KORRIDOR consortium has identified three Korean funding agencies with programmes open to European participation: Korea Institute for Advancement of Technology (KIAT), the National Research Foundation (NRF) and Korea Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning (KETEP).
There are currently five programmes open for European participation:

1) Needs-Driven Technology Development programme - KIAT
2) Global Market-Oriented Technology Development programme - KIAT
3) Global Research Network (GRN) - NRF
4) Global Research Laboratory (GRL) - NRF
5) International Collaborative R&D Programme - KETEP

Q. When do the calls open?

A. KIAT’s programmes are open in the first quarter of each year. They are open for a duration of approximately 4 months (e.g. 1 February – 27 May 2011). If the maximum number of projects is not funded following this submission period, proposals may also be submitted in September.
NRF’s programmes also tend to open at the beginning of each year for a period of around 6 weeks (e.g. 4 March – 13 April 2011)
KETEP’s programme will shortly open at the end of August 2011. For further information, please see the section “open calls” on the KORRIDOR website.

Q. Is there a template for proposals or is the proposal written by Korean partners?

A. For KIAT, NRF and KETEP’s programmes, proposal templates are available online once the call is released. Proposals are written in English. All partners participate, but like with European programmes, the coordinator oversees the writing of the proposal.

Q. Can European researchers act as coordinator (lead participant)?

A. European researchers may act as coordinator in KIAT’s needs-driven technology development programme but not in the global-market oriented technology development programme.
In NRF and KETEP’s programmes, European researchers cannot act as coordinator.

Q. How can I find Korean partners?

A. As the calls are open for a shorter period of time than European programmes, it is important to form consortia in the months prior to call publication.
In our Participation Guidelines, you can find a list of Korean organisations corresponding to the fields of research of each programme. 
The CORDIS partner service includes a short list of Korean-based organisations. It is also advisable to contact Korean NCPs (National Contact Points) who can help you find a Korean partner.
Face-to-face contact is key. Keep an eye out for European and Korean cooperation or thematic research events that will enable you to network with Korean partners.
Our sister project KORANET has carried out an inventory of European and Korean research organisations, which you can access here:

Q. How many partners are required for a consortium in a Korean RTD programme?

A. In KIAT’s programmes, there is no limit in terms of the number of partners. However, there must be at least one Korean partner (generally a company) and a good balance between Korean and foreign partners is preferable. In past projects, most consortia were composed of 2-3 partners.
In NRF’s programmes, the number of partners is not limited: many foreign and Korean organisations can be involved but the project must be coordinated by a Korean partner. Similarly, most projects involve a small number of partners.
For KETEP’s programme, there is no limit in the number of organisations but the project coordinator must be a Korean organisation.

Q. For applying to NRF’s programmes, why are records of correspondence needed?

A. In case of the GRL programme, a LOI (Letter of Intent) or a MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) must be submitted. The GRN programme requires that the Korean Principal Investigator (KPI) and the Foreign Principal Investigator (FPI) show proof of correspondence to prevent a case where a KPI submit a proposal without the FPIs consent to participate in the project.

Q. How are Intellectual Property Rights agreed in each project?

A. There are no fixed IPR rules for KIAT, NRF and KETEP’s programmes. Each consortium should take care to establish a solid IPR agreement with its partners.
KIAT’s programmes: Applicants are expected to devise an IPR-sharing plan. In the case where the lead organisation (coordinator) is a for-profit organisation and is using the developed technology within its own products, it is allowed to choose either a running royalty or fixed royalty rate during the agreement negotiation procedure. In the case where a lead organisation is a non-profit organisation or a for-profit organisation but does NOT intend to exploit the developed technology within its own products, a running royalty shall be applied. For further details on KIAT’s royalty conditions, please view page 12 of our participation guidelines that you can download on this website:
For more general legal information on the Ministry of Knowledge Economy’s (MKE) royalty regulations, you may consult the following document: Comprehensive Regulations on Collection, Use and Management of Royalties. You can directly download the document as .pdf file.

This information is also valid for KETEP’s programme as KETEP is also under the Ministry of Knowledge Economy. A relevant contract, MOU or an agreement between the Korean project leader and overseas participating organisation(s) should be signed by all partners and submitted. Division of royalties is decided within each consortium.
For NRF’s programmes, IPR should be discussed among the consortium members and agreed on in the MOU that is included in the full proposal.

Q. How long does it take for the evaluation of the submitted proposal?

A. KIAT: In 2011, for example, proposals were submitted from the 23-27 May. The evaluation committee meeting was held on the 7-10 June and new projects were selected for funding between 27-30 June. Until end of July, agreements are signed after which the funding is then allocated to the partners. The project may begin almost immediately.
NRF: Once the proposal is submitted, projects will usually start within 3-5 months.
KETEP: Projects generally start within 4 months following application.

Q. How are European participants funded in each programme?

In KIAT’s programmes, 75% of the project budget is funded by KIAT if two-thirds of the Korean companies participating in the consortium are SMEs. Non-profit organisations are not counted. Project partners are then expected to finance 25% of their budget by seeking funding from other sources. In all other cases, KIAT will fund 50% of the budget. In terms of which partners contribute to the “civilian dues”, this is decided among the consortium members.
For NRF’s programmes, matching funding from foreign participants is not mandatory but is preferable.
For KETEP’s programme, matching funding is not required but increases competitiveness.

Q. What is the range of funding available?


Needs-driven technology development programme (KIAT)

Total budget 2011: EUR 10.7 million (1.07 million for new projects; 9.22 for on-going projects).
Estimated funding per project: EUR 200,000 per year for a maximum of 3 years.
5/6 new projects in 2011.

Global Market-Oriented technology development programme (KIAT)

Total budget 2011: EUR 6 million (3.6 million for on-going projects; 2.18 million for new projects).
Estimated funding per project: Between EUR 300,000 and EUR 400,000 per year for a maximum of three years.
6 new projects in 2011.

Global Research Network (NRF)

Total budget 2011: 3.1 Million.
Estimated funding per project: EUR 63,000 per year for 3 years maximum.
16 new projects in 2011.

Global Research Laboratory (NFR)

Total budget: EUR 12 million
Estimated funding per project: EUR 300,000 per project per year for 3 years (renewable once for 3 more years).
7 new projects are to be funded in 2011.

International Collaborative R&D Programme (KETEP)

Total budget: EUR 12.6 million
Estimated funding per project: EUR 450,000

Q. Are there any case studies on European participation in Korean RTD programmes?

A. At the KORRIDOR infoday organised in Bonn in March 2011, a German researcher presented his experience of participating in KIAT’s programme. To download his presentation, please click on the following link:
The KORRIDOR consortium is currently conducting a series of interviews to collect case studies based on researchers’ experiences in Korean RTD programmes. Some of the interviews selected will be included in the next version of our participation guidelines (October/November 2011). 

Q. Once the project has been selected for funding, is the administration carried out in English at the signing stage and throughout the project?

A. KIAT: Yes, all the materials such as the Agreement, interim and final technical report and financial report shall be written in English.
NRF: Administration is carried out in English both at the signing stage and throughout the entire project.