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Support for Policy-Oriented Research

Program Outline

The Korea Foundation’s Support for Policy-Oriented Research Program provides grant support for the conducting of research projects or programs that provide in-depth analyses and policy recommendations on political, social, and economic issues on Korea or the East Asian region.


Overseas research institutes/think-tanks or university-affiliated research institutions

Supported Areas

1. Policy research on Korean and/or East Asian issues
   (Topic examples)
   - Issues related to the Korean peninsula: peacebuilding, denuclearization, unification, national security/defense, economy
   - Social values (human rights, environment, democracy, civil society, gender equality, job creation, welfare)
2. Training program for next-generation policy experts with specialization in South Korea and/or East Asia
    - Proposed program should include a workshop and/or roundtable
3. Establishment of a Korea Policy Chair/Fellow position or an institution which focuses on Korea-related research

Grant Coverage

Project expenses, researcher/staff salaries, indirect costs, etc.
- Coverage of indirect costs can be requested at an amount of up to 10% of total direct costst

Grant Period

A grant period for a project is normally one year. Multiple-year projects will be considered on a case-by-case basis on the condition that the overall budget and schedule are justified by project plan and the content of the proposed project.

Program Schedule

1. Application Period: July 1 (09:00 KST) to September 2, 2019 (18:00 KST)
2. Notification of Results: by December 31, 2019 (Results will be notified on an individual basis.)

How to Apply

Applications should be submitted via the KF Online Application System (http://apply.kf.or.kr).
※ The application must be written in English and the budget should be computed in US dollars.
※ Please answer all the questions on the application. If the section is not applicable, please write“N/A”.

Evaluation Criteria

1. Excellence of the research work plan
   - Relevance to the objective of <2020 Support for Policy-Oriented Research Program>
   - Timeliness of the research topic and related activities
   - Thoroughness and feasibility of research methodology and approaches
2. Capability of participants and their experience in terms of achievements and activities related to Korea and East Asia
   - Participation of a prominent researcher or government official(s)
3. Budget feasibility
   - Soundness and cost efficiency of project budget
   - Visible efforts to receive matching funds for the proposed project
4. Anticipated results of the proposed project and plans for dissemination of research results
   - Plan to publish a book
   - Organization of an event (workshop, international conference, etc.) for the purpose of promoting/disseminating research results


The recipient institution must submit the following reports within the grant period:
1. Final report (signed by the project director, KF format)
2. Financial statement (endorsed by institution’s highest financial officer, KF format)
3. Project outcomes (Any applicable publications, articles, program books, etc.)
※ Failure to use the designated KF formats or comply with the reporting period may adversely affect the evaluation for the institution’s future applications for the program.

Important Reminders

1. The application is required to be submitted under the name of the endorsing overseas institution.
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.
5. After the conclusion of the grant letter, the KF’s grant will be remitted to the institution. The KF grant must be received and managed by an overseas institution.
6. 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.


For inquiries about the program: publicdiplomacy@kf.or.kr
   - United States: +82 064-804-1128
   - Europe, South East Asia, Africa and Middle East: +82 064-804-1130
   - North East Asia, West South Asia, Oceania, Central and South America: +82 064-804-1135
For technical assistance: helpdesk@kf.or.kr

Go to KF Application Portal