MSIT introduces the
"Directions for Global R&D"
Focuses on concentrated
investment in strategic technologies, strengthened support for young
researchers, and expansion in various forms of cooperation
The Ministry of Science and ICT (Minister Lee Jong Ho, hereinafter
referred to as "MSIT") announced that the "2023 International
Symposium of Global Research and Development (R&D) Centers and Global HUB
Centers" was held on November 20th (Mon.).
Since 2010, the Symposium has been annually organized to present key
achievements and discuss future cooperation plans of "Global Research and
Development Centers (GRDC)" and "Global HUB Centers (GHUB)"*
initiatives, which aim to attract and establish cooperation hubs for
outstanding overseas research units. In particular, this year's Symposium
received heightened attention coming from the field, regarding recent expansion
of global R&D budgets and diversification of new projects. In response, the
Symposium provided the introduction of the "Directions for Global
R&D," which will be implemented from next year, and a conversation
* Global Research and Development Centers (GRDC): Operation period
2005-2023 / a total budget of 2.44 billion KRW (in 2023), Global HUB Centers
(GHUB): Operation period 2021-2028 / a total budget of 6.9 billion KRW (in
First, the key contents of MSIT's
"Directions for Global R&D" are as follows:
Current status shows that global
R&D in Korea is significantly underfunded compared to major countries such
as the United States and European Union.* Despite a roughly twofold increase in
overall size of government R&D over the past decade, global R&D
investment still falls short, accounting for less than 2% of the total
government R&D investments.
* Percentage of global R&D among the total government R&D (as of
2021): Italy 7.1%, United Kingdom 5.3%, Germany 3.4%, Korea 1.6%
Moreover, amidst the global
competition for technological dominance, there has been a long-standing
recognition of the importance, both in terms of timing and policy, of expanding
solidarity and cooperation with nations that possess cutting-edge scientific
and technological capabilities, and that share universal values with Korea. This
recognition called for a crucial national task to put such efforts forward.
In line with this, MSIT plans to
invest a total of KRW 1.8 trillion in global R&D in 2024, with four focus
directions: (1) Concentrated investments in strategic technologies such as bio,
AI, quantum, and semiconductor, (2) Strengthening support for outstanding young
researchers' global outreach and collaboration, (3) Evidence-based development
of cooperation strategies by nation and by specific fields of technology, and (4)
Prompt establishment of legal and institutional foundation to enable free
participation of domestic and international researchers and research units.
Furthermore, MSIT has addressed
some misunderstandings that have been circulating in some groups to foster a
better understanding of global R&D. For instance, it is not true that
foreign researchers must be mandatorily included in any global R&D project,
or that Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) must be mandatorily signed with
foreign research units. Instead, MSIT indicated the support for global R&D
will guarantee flexibility to allow for various forms of collaboration
depending on the particularities of each project.
Meanwhile, approximately 150
domestic and international researchers attended the Symposium to exchange past
achievements and future collaboration opportunities. Two projects that have
demonstrated outstanding results were in the field of medical device (UK) and
diagnostic biochips (US, Switzerland), pursuing joint research efforts and
creation of networks with world-class research units in the respective fields.
Particularly noteworthy is the UCL Eastman-Korea Dental Medicine Innovation
Centre, which was formed through the collaboration between Eastman Dental
Institute at University College London* and Dankook University. The excellent performance
by the Dental Medicine Innovation Centre included the publication of over 70
papers in the top 10% Impact Factor journals and 20 international co-applicant
patents, securing a base for commercialization.
* A research-centric university which ranked 8th in the 2023 QS
World University Rankings.
MSIT Minister Lee Jong Ho attended
the Symposium on November 20th, emphasizing that starting from next
year, there will be a significant expansion of global R&D and swift
amendments made to relevant policies and regulations. He stated, "As new
challenges and innovation opportunities for international joint researches are
in bloom, MSIT will commit itself in supporting Korean researchers to actively
engage in collaboration with world-class researchers and make outstanding
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