SIN Korea builds and promotes strategic academic and industry - academia collaboration between South Korea and the UK on key science and innovation themes.

To promote international collaboration the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office jointly fund the UK Science and Innovation Network based in 31 countries around the world.

The UK and Korea have enjoyed a long collaboration relationship since signing a Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement in 1985. As part of a biennial review of cooperation activities, the UK’s Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) works with the Korean Ministries of Science ICT & Future Planning (MSIP), Trade, Industry & Energy (MOTIE) and Health & Welfare (MOHW) to agree new areas of collaboration. Using the BIS Global Partnership Fund (GPF), SIN supports knowledge exchange and networking workshops between researchers in the UK and Korea in agreed areas. These GPF supported exchanges have in the past expanded in to matched fund research calls and programmes.

SIN South Korea is a contact point for British universities, research institutions and innovation agencies, helping them find the right contacts and funding to achieve their objectives in South Korea. We have three staff based at the British Embassy in Seoul.

For an introductory brief which covers the local Science and Innovation landscape, UK priorities and successes in South Korea, read the UK Science and Innovation Network Country Snapshot here.

What we do

  • Exchange information on the science and innovation policies of the UK and South Korean governments, industry and academia to identify areas of bilateral research priority and interest;
  • Support the improvement of UK policy based on international experience and emerging opportunities and challenges with and facing South Korea;
  • Stimulate strategic science collaborations with South Korea in research sectors that drive mutual growth and prosperity, and that address global challenges, including antimicrobial resistance, climate change and energy security;
  • Work closely with colleagues in UKTI to support the development of science, innovation and technology-related trade and investment opportunities between South Korea and the UK.
  • Our current priority areas are in global health and life sciences, future manufacturing, cyber security and ICT, quantum technology, and clean energy.

Examples of activity

  • Science and innovation sector analysis;
  • Facilitate UK researchers and institutions in the strengthening of existing and development of new links with partners in South Korea;
  • Support UK and South Korea policy exchange via the UK-Korea Joint Committee on Science and Technology Cooperation;
  • Identify opportunities for joint projects and funding sources to support bilateral research and researcher exchange;
  • Visits by research performing and support institutions to raise awareness of UK research excellence;
  • Ministerial and other high level meetings and visits;
  • Public engagement events and press work.

Our Team

UK Science and Innovation Network
British Embassy Seoul
Sejong-daero 19-gil 24. Jung-gu
Seoul 100-120
Republic of Korea

T: + 82 (0)2 3210 5500;

F: + 82 (0)2 3210 5637,

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