NRF cooperation

On 8 June 2005 a Memorandum of Understanding on Research Cooperation between the Czech Science Foundation (GA CR) and the Korea Research Foundation (KRF), presently the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF), was signed in Prague. The main objective of this Memorandum is to establish and increase cooperation in research and development between researchers and institutions of these two countries and to enable better exchange of information and techniques in the areas of common interest.

The first step that enabled to launch the cooperation between the Czech Science Foundation and the National Research Foundation of Korea was mutual Czech and Korean scientific Pilot workshop, which was held in Prague on 6 and 7 December 2005. The workshop was chaired by the representative of NRF Hyup Choi and by the then GA CR’s President Josef Syka. Ten top-range Korean scientists informed Czech colleagues about the latest development in their scientific fields. Korean scientists also visited several Czech scientific institutions.

The agreement of cooperation involves all areas of basic research. Bilateral project proposals should meet all criteria required by GA CR and NRF. Call for proposals is published once in a year (the first pilot Call for proposals was published in June 2006) and total project’s duration is two to three years. Proposals for bilateral projects have to be based on mutually complementary methodologies. Within GA CR are proposals submitted via online system.

Submission Deadline to GA CR: 6 April, 2017

Project Duration: 2–3 years

Expected end of Evaluation: 1 December 2017

Expected start of Awarded projects: 1 January 2018

With respect to bilateral projects, the evaluation is conducted independently in both partner organizations. In case of GA CR, the evaluation of project proposals is based on a bottom up peer review system – panel system and foreign reviewers. The final decision on the funding of the bilateral research projects depends on final approval from both research funding organizations (NRF and GA CR).

In order to apply for a joint research projects with the Czech partners, the Korean applicants shall submit their parts of the project proposals to NRF not later than April 3 of the respective year. Contact person at NRF is

  • Ms. Seung Mi HAN
  • e-mail: hsm0212@nrf.re.kr
  • tel.: +82-2-3460-5626