The Korea-EU R&I Day, organized by the National Research Foundation of Korea, took place on the 12th September 2018 in Seoul. In the framework of the conference, where the EU- Korea R&I cooperation actions were presented by both the European Commission and representative of the Korean institutions, thematic sessions were held by related NCPs.

ETNA2020 held the session on ‘Smart green and integrated transport’ focusing on the support to international cooperation. 20 registered participants, coming from different backgrounds (industry, universities, research institutes, SMEs), took part in the workshop dedicated to the H2020 ‘Smart green and integrated transport’ Societal Challenge 4. An overview of Horizon 2020 (H2020), of its structure and of its rules for participation was provided in order to help the audience familiarize with the programme fundamentals. To follow, the ‘Smart green and integrated transport’ Work Programme 2018-20 was presented along with the 2019 calls for proposals: Mobility for Growth; Automated Road Transport; Green Vehicles.

The 2019 topics within the above mentioned calls were discussed. However, a better attention was devoted to those topics where the participation of Korean organisations is encouraged. In order to more tangibly support the involvement of Korean organisations in H2020 proposals, Partner Searches by EU coordinators were collected before the event and presented during the latter. The contacts of the coordinators were provided so to allow participants to get in touch with them right away. Additionally, several quests for partnership by EU universities were presented, including their expertise and possible fields of cooperation. The presentation is available at: http://download.apre.it/WP_Transport_2019_korea.pdf

Korean participants are not automatically eligible for funding through Horizon 2020. Korean participants have themselves to determine the sources of funding and find the resources for their part of the project. These may be own funds, as well as funds received from Korean ministries, foundations and other organisations that fund research and innovation activities in Korea. Contributions can also be made in kind.

To support Korean participants, the Korean government, the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (MSIP: http://www.msip.go.kr), and Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE: http://www.motie.go.kr) regularly launches public calls for proposals to co-fund Koreans in H2020 projects selected for European Union funding, covering all thematic areas.

H2020 brochures in Korean are available on the following website: http://www.haneurope.or.kr/member/kr/board/DocsNPublicsKr_BoardList.do

More information is available here: http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/data/ref/h2020/other/hi/h2020_localsupp_korea_en.pdf