Switzerland and Korea have collaborating in science & technology since 1995 and held a number of common roundtables, research competitions and bilateral symposiums. In 2008, a bilateral agreement was signed and Korea became part of the 7 priority partner countries for Switzerland in S&T.

In Switzerland, the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) part of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs Education and Research (EAER) is in charge of the bilateral S&T program.

ETH Zürich as the Leading House is responsible for the promotion of research and innovation activities with Asian countries including Korea, but unilaterally supported (funds are attributed to the Swiss partner only). Moreover, it is responsible for the bilateral program for PhD students’ exchange.

In Korea, the Ministry of Science and ICT (MSICT) is in charge of the bilateral S&T program, the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE)