The challenges facing South Korean academics in Horizon Europe

07 May 2024 | News

As the country gears up to associate to the EU’s research and innovation programme, language, networks, culture and administration could stand in the way

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In March this year, South Korea struck a deal to become the first Asian country – other than Türkiye – to associate to Horizon Europe.

It’s a big leap east for the €95.5 billion EU research and innovation programme, and the deal will officially link Europe with a nation that leads the world in areas including semiconductors and electronics.

For calls starting next year, Korean academics will be able to directly receive EU funds, doing away with the cumbersome need to find their own matching funding to join Horizon Europe projects. It’s part of a wider effort by Seoul to fund its researchers to do more…