Switzerland and Korea have been 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 is the Leading House (2017-2020) responsible for the promotion of research and innovation activities between Switzerland and Asian countries including Korea. Financial support from the Leading House is unilateral – funds are attributed to the Swiss partner only -. Moreover, it is responsible for the bilateral program for PhD students’ exchange together with the Korean National Research Foundation (NRF).

In Korea, the Ministry of Science and ICT (MSICT) is in charge of the bilateral S&T program. However, other Ministries, as the one for Trade, Indutry and Energy (MOTIE) and Health and Welfare (MOHW) are involved in the bilateral activities. The new Ministry of Startups and SMEs cooperates to support Korean young entrepreneurs to expand their business abroad.

BASIC RESEARCH

The Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and its Korean counterpart the National Research Foundation (NRF) are the agencies responsible for bilateral programs funding, implementation and management of S&T activities.

APPLIED AND INNOVATION ORIENTED RESEARCH

Since 2015 Commission for Technology and Innovation (CTI), now Innosuisse, and Korean Institute for Advancement of Technology (KIAT) belonging to the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE), established a bilateral funding program open to consortia of research institutions and companies from Switzerland and Korea cooperating on an innovative projects.