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Program Outline

The Korea Foundation’s Support for Policy-Oriented Research program furnishes grant support to research projects or programs that provide in-depth analyses of and policy recommendations on Korea and its relationship with other countries.


Research institutions, think tanks, or university-affiliated research institutions outside of Korea, except those in the U.S.*

*Details for institutions located within the U.S. can be found here: https://apply.kf.or.kr/selectNoticeAndApplicationView.nkf?anucNo=A1G0000745&pageIndex=1

Areas of Support

1. Policy research or seminars related to Korea

 Topic examples:

  • Issues related to the Korean peninsula: peacebuilding, non-proliferation, foreign affairs, national security, economics/trade, society, etc.
  • Cooperation on science and technology: digital transformation, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence (AI), 5G, etc.
  • Universal values: human rights, equality, environmental protection, democracy, civil society, job creation, health/welfare, etc.

2. Establishment of a Korea Fellow position 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 up to 10% of total direct costs.
  • Tangible assets are not covered.

Grant Period

The grant period is normally one year. However, multiple-year projects will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Program Schedule

  1. Application period: July 1 (9:00 KST) - September 1 (18:00 KST), 2020
  2. Notification of results: by December 31, 2020 (Result notification will be done on an individual basis to the email address included in the application.)

How to Apply

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

  • Application must be written in English. All budget items should be calculated in USD.
  • Please answer all of the questions on the application. If a particular question does not apply to you, please write “N/A.”

Evaluation Criteria

1. Excellence of the research plan

  • Relevance to the objectives of the 2021 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 + experience in terms of achievements and activities related to Korea and East Asia

3. Budget feasibility

  • Soundness and cost efficiency of project budget
  • Visible efforts to acquire matching funds for the proposed project

4. Anticipated results of the proposed project and plans for dissemination of research results

  • Online/offline publication (book, research paper, policy memo, etc.)
  • Organization of an event (workshop, international conference, etc.) for the  purpose of promoting/disseminating research results


The recipient institution is required to submit the following reports within the grant period:

  1. Final report (in the KF’s format with the project director’s signature)
  2. Financial statement (in the KF’s format and endorsed by the institution’s highest financial officer)
  3. Project outcomes (any relevant publications, articles, program books, etc.)

Please be aware that:

  • Failure to use designated KF formats or comply with the reporting period may adversely affect the evaluation of your application.
  • The KF may ask an institution to submit proof of accounting.

Important Reminders

  1. The application is required to be submitted under the name of the endorsing institution.
  2. Applicant institutions should notify the KF immediately of any changes made to the information contained in an application after its submission.
  3. During the application screening process, the KF may require an applicant institution to submit additional information or adjust its project plan.
  4. After notifying applicants of the screening results, the KF will discuss the details of each project and its budget with the respective recipient institutions. The KF will also conclude a grant agreement with each accepted institution.
  5. After the conclusion of the grant agreement, the KF will remit a grant to each recipient institution. The KF grant must be received and managed by an overseas institution.
  6. Accepted projects 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 as soon as possible.


For technical assistance: helpdesk@kf.or.kr

For inquiries about the program: researchsupport@kf.or.kr