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Policy-Oriented Research Grant Program

Program Outline

The Korea Foundation’s Policy-Oriented Research Program provides grant support for research and training programs on topics related to Korea, East Asia, and other global issues. The program seeks to encourage research projects that provide in-depth analyses and policy recommendations on political, social, and economic issues revolving around East Asia including Korea. Projects under this program are required to hold at least one event related to the research project, such as a workshop or conference, to disseminate research results.

Supported Area

1. Policy research on Korean and East Asian issues
2. Training programs for the next generation policy experts with their expertise in South Korea and East Asia (Proposed program should include workshop, discussion and on-site experience)
3. Research on global issues


Public policy research institutes are eligible to apply for program assistance.

Program Priorities

Projects receiving priority from the Foundation include those with:
1. Training program for the next generation policy experts with their expertise in South Korea and East Asia
2. Korea-based partners
3. Plans to publish the project's results in book form
4. Plans to include the participation of experts and policymakers
5. Innovative methodologies and approaches
6. A long-term commitment to the proposed issue
7. Matching funds for the proposed project

Costs Supported Under Program

The Foundation supports personnel expenses and other costs directly related to research activities. The Foundation will support indirect costs amounting to 10% or less of the total grant amount.

Grant Period

The Foundation normally considers projects with a grant period of one year. However, multi-year projects will be considered, on a case-by-case basis, if the overall budget and schedule are justified by the work plan and content. The Foundation will support projects with a maximum grant period of three years, for which subsequent-year assistance will be subject to project outcome and performance in the previous year.

Program Schedule

1. Application Period: July 1, 2016 to August 31, 2016
2. Notification of Results: December 2016

Required Documents

1 Online application
2 Supplementary materials(to be uploaded with the online application)
① Introductory materials on the applying institution
         (for new applicants)
② Recent annual report
③ Curricula vitae of the project director and participating researchers

How to Apply

Applications should be submitted via the KF Online Application System (http://apply.kf.or.kr).

Evaluation Criteria

1. Relevance and timeliness of the research topic and related activities.
2. Capability of participants and their experience in terms of achievements and activities related to Korea and East Asia.
3. Thoroughness and feasibility of the work plan, including research methodology and approaches.
4. Soundness and cost efficiency of the project budget and funding plans.
5. Anticipated results of the proposed project, and plans for dissemination of research results

Grant-end Report

The recipient institution is required to submit a report endorsed by its financial officer on the results of the project, using the Foundation's report form, within one month of completion of the project.

Important Reminders

1. The institution is required to submit an application endorsed by its highest administrative official. 
2. The institution applying for the program should notify the Foundation of any changes to the information contained in the original plan after its submission.
3. The Foundation, in the process of screening applications, may require applicant institutions to submit additional information or to adjust the project plan.
4. After notifying applicants of the results, the Foundation will discuss the details of each project and its budget with the respective recipient institution and conclude the grant letter. After conclusion of the grant letter, the Foundation's grant will be remitted to the institution.
5. The project should be carried out according to the schedule and plans specified in the application. If the project must be postponed or canceled for unavoidable reasons, the institution should consult with the Foundation.


Policy Networking Department
The Korea Foundation
T. +82-2-2046-8541/8516
F. +82-2-3463-6076
E-mail. publicdiplomacy@kf.or.kr