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Support for Policy-Oriented Research

Program Outline

The KF’s Support for Policy-Oriented Research provides grant support to encourage research projects that provide in-depth analyses and policy recommendations on political, social, and economic issues revolving around East Asia and including Korea.


Overseas public policy research institutes

Supported Area

1. Policy research on Korean and East Asian issues
2. Training program for next generation policy experts with expertise in South Korea and East Asia
     - Proposed program should include workshop, discussion and on-site experience.
3. Korea Policy Chair or Center which focuses on Korea-related research

Costs Supported Under Program

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

Grant Period

The KF 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 KF will support projects with a maximum grant period of three years, for which subsequent-year assistance will be subject to project outcomes and performance from the previous year.

Program Schedule

1. Application Period: July 1 to August 31, 2017
2. Notification of Results: December 2017 (Result notification will be done on an individual basis.)

Required Documents

1. Online application
     ※ The Application must be written in English and the budget should be computed in US dollar.
2. Supplementary materials (to be uploaded with the online application)
     - Introductory materials on the applying institution (for new applicants)
     - Recent annual report

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 ;
     - Partnership with a Korean research institute or researcher
     - Participations of a prominent researcher or government officials related to the research topic
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
     - Visible efforts to receive matching funds for the proposed project
5. Anticipated results of the proposed project and plans for dissemination of research results
     - Plan to publish a book
     - Organization of at least one event (workshop, international conference, etc.) for the purpose of publicizing
        / disseminating research results

Grant-end Report

The recipient institution is required to submit the following reports within one month of completion of the project.
1. Summarized final report (KF form)
2. Final report (free format)
3. Financial report (Endorsed by institution’s highest financial officer, the KF form)

Important Reminders

1. The application is required to be submitted under the name of the endorsing overseas institution signed by its highest financial officer by the specified due date.
2. The institution applying for the program should notify the KF of any change to the information contained in the original plan after its submission.
3. The KF, in the process of screening applications, may require an applicant institution to submit additional information or adjust the project plan.
4. After notifying applicants of the results, the KF will discuss the details of each project and its budget with the respective recipient institution and conclude the grant letter. After the conclusion of the grant letter, the KF'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 KF.
6. The KF grant must be received and managed by an overseas institution.


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