Formation of Research Cooperation Ecosystem

Convergence Research

International Cooperation

Purpose of Project

  • To promote systematic convergence research work focused on relevant Government-funded Research Institute(GRI)s to solve national social issues as well as technical issues in industry and to develop source and leading technologies.
  • To promote convergence research work focused on relevant GRIs after the integration of the NST (July, 2014), to tear down the walls among GRIs and produce large-scale research accomplishments.
  • Convergence research project interconnection process

Convergence Pilot Study:Planning of convergence research projects through preliminary and empirical validation of convergence research optics and solution proposals; Increase of integrity of research methods -> Convergence Research Center:Solving pending national and social issues experienced by citizens as well as large-scale technical issues in industry -> Convergence cluster:Activation of substantial convergence research and establishment of convergence research culture through support for the establishment of open-type research planning system between GRIs -> Creative Allied Project:Development of source technologies and leading technologies as well as attempts to overcome technical limitations through adventurous and innovative convergence research

Details of Project

  • 01 Civilian-Military Convergence Research Projects
  • 02 Convergence Cluster Projects
  • 03 Civilian-Military Convergence Research Projects
  • 04 Advanced Convergence Research Projects
  • 05 Convergence Cluster Projects

01Convergence Research Center


  • Resolving the national and social issues and large-scale technical problems in the industry felt by the people through on-site study among GRIs


  • Targets of Support: : Projects involving two or more NST’s GRIs and domestic or international industrial, academia research sectors
  • Areas of Support : Projects solving large national and social issues and developing core technologies in new growth areas that can be felt by the people
    • Consideration is given to the relevance of science and technology, appropriateness of convergence research, importance of national society, economic ripple effect, etc.
Conducting demand-oriented R&D with the participation of industries
Item Future-Leading Type Commercialization Type
Purpose of Program
  • To research Mid and long term projects solving national and social issues and developing future leading technology
  • To solve technical issues in the industrial sector and problems of people’s lives
Term of Program
  • Within 6 years (3+3) * After carrying out the 1st stage(3 years) of the study, the assessment determines whether the 2nd stage(3 years) of extension is possible.
  • Within 3 years
Size of Program
  • Funding scale: 4∼8 billion KRW more or less each year for one center
  • Funding composition: NST support fund: Maximum 5billion KRW for each center + GRIs matching fund: more than 50% of NST’s support fund
Operation of Center
  • Main GRI of CRC(Convergence Research Center) provides space for research and administrative support to ensure that the CRC runs smoothly(On-site obligation applies to GRIs under the NST only)
  • Researchers of GRIs should participate more than 70% of research participation rate

Current State of Affairs

Current State of Affairs
Selected Year Center Name Program Name
2014 Future leading(CCP) Large-scale convergence plant technology for procurement of energy and chemical feedstock
Commercialization(UGS) Development of IoT-based urban underground utility monitoring and management system
2015 Commercialization(SFS) Development of total solution-based technology for commercialization of smart farm
Commercialization(CiM) Development of stem cell-derived customized convergent NK cell therapy
Commercialization(M3P) Development of a high performance 3D printing system and material for the practical application of industry
Future leading(DTC) Development of technology for early prediction, Treatment and Care system of Dementia
Future leading(KSB) Core technology development of knowledge-converged super brain with self-learning engines
Future leading(DMR) Development of integrated mineral resources technologies in Korean Peninsula
Future leading(FEP) Development of the technology for the ash-free and high efficient diversification type future energy production
2016 Future leading(CEVI) Convergent solution for emerging virus infection
Commercialization(MDCO) Development of integrated cyber physical system for high rise building and complex facilities using open platform

02Creative Allied Project


  • Developing fundamental technologies and breaking the limits of technology through challenging and innovative convergence research


  • Targets of Support : Projects involving two or more NST’s GRIs and domestic or international industrial, academia research sectors
  • Areas of Support : Convergence research programs solving practical problems based on research plan reflecting the needs of various players and securing the core technology
Creative Allied Project
Item Detail
Project Type
  • Projects that satisfies researchers’ needs on convergence research based on each GRI’s own mission
  • Projects that solve problems reflect demands of industrial and local government sectors, etc.
Project Term
  • Within 5 years (3+2) or within 3 years
    • Within 5 years: Projects aiming at developing core and leading technologies; additional 2nd stage(2 years) can be supported according to assessment after 1st stage(3 years)
    • Within 3 years: Projects aiming at short term commercialization and practical problem solving
Project Funding Scale
  • Within 2 billion KRW each year NST support fund : Maximum 1.4 billion KRW + GRI matching fund : Within 600 million KRW(more than 30% of total research fund)

※Preferential treatment to ongoing projects where more than two GRIs operate with their own financial resources as a convergence research and that can develop into main projects

03Civilian-Military Convergence Research Projects


  • To form a life-cycle civilian-military convergence technology ecosystem to activate cooperation between the private sector and the military and contribute to the production of substantial technological convergence.


  • Targets of support : Projects performed by participation of two or more GRIs of the NST and participants from industry, universities, and research institutes.
Civilian-Military Convergence Research Projects
Item Detail
Contents of Research
  • Support of R&D work for GRI technologies applicable to practical national defense and national defense science and technology
Period of support
  • Within 3 years
Funding Scale
  • About 800 million KRW yearly for each project

04Advanced Convergence Research Projects


  • Supporting pilot studies to validate research topics &ideas prior to the large-scale of convergence research


  • Targets of Support : Research group composed of researchers from more than two GRIs under the NST
Convergence Pilot Study
Item Detail
Contents of Research
  • Preceding research to confirm the validity of research topics and core ideas before conducting the large scale of convergence research
  • Presenting the problems in accord with the theme of convergence research, problem solving method using convergence technology
  • Supporting the experiment, analysis, or prototype production to verify the validity of problem solving method
Research Team
  • Within 5 researchers
Funding Scale
  • Within 200 million KRW for each study (No GRI’s matching fund))
Research Term
  • Within 10 months

05Convergence Cluster Projects


  • To support the establishment of open-type research planning system among GRIs to activate substantial convergence research and to bolsters convergence culture


  • Targets of support : Research groups consisting of researchers from two or more GRIs of the NST
Convergence Cluster Projects
Item Multidisciplinary convergence cluster Creative convergence cluster
Contents of Research
  • Technology information exchanges activities are performed through workshops and seminars of individual convergence clusters.
  • Convergence research items are discovered and new convergence research projects are planned.
Funding Scale 50 million KRW each year(No GRI’s matching fund) 5 million KRW each year(No GRI’s matching fund)
Type of project Topics of knowledge-sharing and convergence studies are discovered through multidisciplinary research exchange between areas of science and technology or between science and technology with areas in humanities, sociology, art, etc. Young researchers from GRIs lead projects to support the network by extending communication between researchers and performing exchange between research areas.
Period of project Within 2 year Within 1 year