KIST Europe is a non-profit research institute located in Saarbruecken, Germany. The institute is comprised of three departments: innovation research, human engineering and environmental technology and was established in 1996 as the first Korean government-funded research institute abroad. The institute currently employs 45 staff members.
KIST-Europe aims to achieve global cooperation in scientific and technological areas and globalization of RTD. In order to achieve these goals, KIST-Europe has set itself the following tasks:
- Basic and application-oriented research in the field of environmental, medical, and mechanical technology
- Promotion of science and technology cooperation and technology transfer between Korea and the EU (study of international RTD systems, European market analysis, development of a cooperation strategy in the national level, information service about European RTD)
The International Bureau (IB) of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) at the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) implements, on behalf of BMBF, a wide range of international cooperation activities. The IB is part of the Project Management Agency at the German Aerospace Centre (DLR), which is the largest funding agency working for the BMBF and other governmental bodies. It provides direct services to the Ministry and administers also BMBF support for German Universities, public research institutions and industries to identify and develop international links in strategic fields of mutual interest. DLR is preparing joint research activities in strategic fields of common interest, basically linked to national and European research funding programmes. It supports bi-lateral cooperation programmes in S&T with about 30 countries around the world in order to facilitate the preparation and implementation of international cooperation of German institutions. For these programmes, BMBF provides an annual budget of app. 5 Mio €. In addition, IB coordinates a number of accompanying measures to set up a framework for the stimulation of future cooperation in close cooperation with BMBF. With China and Japan, the Republic of Korea is one of the important partner countries in S&T of Germany. The DLR has been granted ISO9001:2000 certificate.
DLR already participates in a number of EU-projects for setting up frameworks for international cooperation, e.g. (selection only for Asia) the Specific Support Activities AOUDA (India), the ERANET Co-Reach (China) and the ongoing ERANET NewIndigo (India). DLR coordinates the ongoing ERANET with Korea KORANET. In addition, DLR is partner in all 6 INCONET´s and coordinates the INCONET with Southeast-Asia.
The Centre National de Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) is a major public research organisation which produces multidisciplinary scientific expertise for the economic and cultural benefits of society. With over 26,000 permanent employees (11,600 researchers and 14,400 engineers, technicians and administrative staff) and over 1,200 laboratories covering all scientific domains, the CNRS publishes more than 20,000 publications per year. The CNRS has developed many tools, which facilitate international cooperation such as International Programmes for Scientific cooperation (PICS), Associated Laboratories (LEA/LIA), Research Networks (GDRE/GDRI), Joint International Laboratories (UMI) and short-term researcher exchanges. In recent years, the relations between CNRS and Asia have increased significantly and since 2000, the CNRS has signed several important agreements with Korean institutes: In 2000, an agreement with the Korean Research Foundation (KRF) was signed covering the domain of Social Science and Humanities, which ended in 2005 and was renewed 2008. In 2005, a general agreement between the CNRS and the Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology was signed as well as an agreement allowing access for CNRS researchers to the platform of the Institut Pasteur Korea (IPK). In 2005, an agreement was signed between the KIST Europe, the CNRS, the University Joseph-Fourier in Grenoble, France and École Normale Supérieure of Paris in preparation for foundation of the International joint laboratory, the Centre of Photonics and Nanostructures. The agreement for the creation of a second International Joint Unit, the Particle Physics Laboratory was signed in 2008 with the KISTI. In the last three years, 300 CNRS researchers – many of whom specialise on various areas of S&T- completed missions in South Korea. Given Korea’s remarkable development in the domain of Science and Technology, it has been identified as one of the countries with which the CNRS hopes to reinforce cooperation agreements.
The Korea Institute for Advancement of Technology (KIAT) has been founded with aim to strengthen the innovative capacity of the technology industry and to increase public awareness of technology. As an affiliated organization under the Korean Ministry of Knowledge Economy (MKE), KIAT was launched on May 4, 2009 as a part of a new government policy of integration among semi-government organizations and agencies. KIAT has integrated in part or in whole the following agencies: KOTEF (Korea Industrial Technology Foundation), KTTC (Korea Technology Transfer Center), KMAC (Korea Material & Components Industry Agency), IITA (Institute for Information Technology Advancement) and ITEP (Korea Institute of Industrial Technology Evaluation and Planning).
MKE selected KIAT to be its representative agency for support projects within the FP7 programme, and is currently involved as participants in the preparation of two FP7 support projects: EURASIAPAC and KORRIDOR. KIAT is also the funding agency for Korean participation in FP7 industrial technology related research projects, and national project coordinator of Korea for the EUREKA programme after Korea was granted associate country status in 2009.
The National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF), which has been established in June of 2009, is a merger of Korea Science and Engineering Foundation (KOSEF), Korea Research Foundation (KRF) and Korea Foundation for International Cooperation of Science and Technology (KICOS). NRF, an affiliate of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST), is a representative funding agency of Korea which aims to advance and efficiently support fundamental research in all academic and research fields which includes humanities and social sciences as well as science and technology(S&T). Total R&D budget of NRF is about 2.1 billion USD.
The Center for International Affairs of NRF located in Seoul, pursues to support international R&D initiatives by managing, planning, funding, and evaluating international collaboration programmes and activities. A budget of 700million USD is reserved just for international cooperation to promote and support the global collaboration affairs.