17/09/2019

United Kingdom - Country Profile

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Country Outline

  • GDP: 2,327,730 mil. euros (Eurostat 2017)
  • GDP per Capita: 35,200 euros (Eurostat 2017)

Contact Information

  • Organisation: British Embassy Seoul
  • Name / Position: Mr Gareth Davies, Head of Science, Innovation and Energy
  • Phone no. / e-mail: (+82) 2 3210 5628 / Gareth.Davies@fco.gov.uk

The United Kingdom enjoys a long history of excellence in both basic and applied sciences. With only 4.1% of the world’s researchers globally and 3.2% of global R&D expenditure, the UK generates 11.6% of all citations and 15.9% of the world’s most cited papers. The UK was ranked fifth overall in the 2017 WIPO Global Innovation Index and second in the WEF Global Competitiveness Report 2017-18 for quality of scientific research institutions. Four of the world’s top ten universities are in the UK (QS World University Rankings 2018).

1. Policies and Strategies in Science, Technology and Innovation

Published in November 2017, the UK Industrial Strategy sets out how we are building a Britain fit for the future – how we will help businesses create better, higher-paying jobs in every part of the United Kingdom with investment in the skills, industries and infrastructure of the future. It ensures that our country and its citizens can embrace and benefit from the opportunity of technological change.

The Industrial Strategy’s vision is based on Five Foundations of Productivity:

  • Ideas – being the world’s most innovative economy;
  • People – creating good jobs and greater earning for all;
  • Infrastructure – delivering a major upgrade to the UK’s physical and digital infrastructure;
  • Business Environment – making the UK the best place to start and grow a business; and
  • Places – enabling prosperous communities across the UK.

Through an open and consultative process the UK has identified Grand Challenges that have been set for the UK government and wider economy. These are in response to global forces that will shape our rapidly changing future, and which the UK must embrace to ensure we harness all the opportunities they present. The Grand Challenges commit to: putting the UK at the forefront of the artificial intelligence and data revolution; maximising the advantages for UK industry of the global shift to clean growth; becoming a world leader in shaping the future of mobility; and harnessing the power of innovation to meet the needs of an ageing society.

To support these actions the UK has committed to raise total R&D investment to 2.4% of GDP by 2027, and to invest GBP 725 million in a new Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund to capture the value of innovation. In addition, new Sector Deals, partnerships between government and industry have been launched to unlock additional resource to respond to industry led recommendations to increase sector productivity. The first five Sector Deals are in the life sciences, construction, the creative industries, artificial intelligence and the automotive sector.

For further information on the UK Industrial Strategy; the Grand Challenges, Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund and Sector Deals please visit:

The UK Industrial Strategy – Building a Britain Fit for the Future

2. National Programmes and Initiatives

In April 2018, the UK launched of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) was announced. UKRI brings together the UK’s seven Research Councils (see below for details), Innovate UK and Research England to form a single, strategic organisation for the support of all UK publically funded science and research activity with a combined annual budget of over GBP 6 billion annually. While the Research Councils and Innovate UK will continue to have the autonomy and authority to pursue their own individual strategies, UKRI will seek to coordinate and deliver greater and more efficient support for UK academic and industry research.

An important development within the UK’s STI environment has been the creation of the UK’s innovation support agency, Innovate UK, now part of UKRI. With a budget of over GBP 550 million per year, Innovate UK provides a range of services and funding programmes to support the commercialisation of the best of UK research. Under the oversight of Innovate UK, a network of Catapult Centres have been created in targeted innovation fields to provide a translational infrastructure to support and close the gap between universities and industry. Available to any organisation that has established a presence in the UK, ten Catapults are now in operation.

  • Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult
  • Compound Semiconductor Catapult
  • Digital Catapult
  • Energy Systems Catapult
  • Future Cities Catapult
  • High Value Manufacturing Catapult
  • Medicines Discovery Catapult
  • Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult
  • Satellite Applications Catapult
  • Transport Systems Catapult

For further information please visit:

UK Research and Innovation - www.ukri.org

Innovate UK - www.gov.uk/government/organisations/innovate-uk

Catapult Centres - www.catapult.org.uk

3. Joint Activities with Korea

List of Joint Programmes or Activities with RoK in 2017

Programme Title

Contents

Medical Research Council – Korea Health Industry Development Institute Partnering Awards: Third Call

  •    Cooperation Type: Networking and Knowledge Exchange
  •    Funding Organisation: Medical Research Council (MRC)
  •    Call Opening/Closing Date: Opening November and closing in January.
  •    Participation Qualification: UK and Korean researchers interested in exploring new and developing existing healthcare research collaborations, with the aim to identify projects and programmes for longer term, larger scale national funding.
  •    Project Duration: One year
  •   Funding Scale and Funding Scheme: Up to GBP 10,000 for UK participants, with an equal amount of matched funding provided to Korean participants. Up to 10 proposals will be funded each year. Funding can be used to support travel, visits and access to facilities, workshops and networking, researcher exchange, and other similar collaborative activities.
  •    Research Fields: All fields within the basic sciences in line with bilateral strategic interests.
  •    Matching fund from Korean government: Korean funding supported by the Ministry of Health and Welfare.
  •    Further information can be found via the MRC website – see below

Republic of Korea - United Kingdom: Promotional Joint Call for Eurostars2 Projects

  •    Cooperation Type: Promotional Call for Joint Submissions
  •    Funding Organisation: Innovate UK
  •    Call Opening/Closing Date: Opening 20 September 2017 and closing 01 March 2018.
  •    Participation Qualification: In the UK - SMEs only, in Korea - public and private research organisations, but led by a company.
  •    Project Duration: Two – three years.
  •    Funding Scale and Funding Scheme: Projects subject to funding criteria available to UK and Korean research organisations via the Eurostars2 funding programme; please check funding scale and availability with the
  •    National Eurostars Contact in your country.
  •    Research Fields: ICT - Internet of Things; AI & Robotics; Augmented & Virtual Reality; Cyber Security; Advanced Materials - Graphene Applications,
  •    Materials for Demanding Environments.
  •    Matching fund from Korean government: Korean funding supported by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy.

 List of Planned Programmes or Activities with RoK in 2018

Programme Title

Contents

UK-Korea Focal Point Programme

  •    Cooperation Type: Networking and Knowledge Exchange
  •    Funding Organisation: UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
  •    Call Opening/Closing Date: Next call for projects expected in late 2018.
  •    Participation Qualification: UK and Korean researchers interested in exploring collaboration within a topic area of strategic interest to both countries to identify future bilateral cooperation research opportunities.
  •    Project Duration: Up to two years
  •    Funding Scale and Funding Scheme: Up to GBP 15,000 for UK participants. Typically five networking activities are selected each year.
  •    Research Fields: Basic sciences in line with bilateral strategic interests.
  •    Matching fund from Korean government: Korean funding supported by the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning.

Medical Research Council – Korea Health Industry Development Institute Partnering Awards: Fourth Call

  •    Cooperation Type: Networking and Knowledge Exchange
  •    Funding Organisation: Medical Research Council (MRC)
  •    Call Opening/Closing Date: Please check MRC website.
  •    Participation Qualification: UK and Korean researchers interested in  exploring new and developing existing healthcare research collaborations, with the aim to identify projects and programmes for longer term, larger scale national funding.
  •    Project Duration: One year
  •    Funding Scale and Funding Scheme: Up to GBP 10,000 for UK participants, with an equal amount of matched funding provided to Korean participants. Up to 10 proposals will be funded each year. Funding can be used to support travel, visits and access to facilities, workshops and networking, researcher exchange, and other similar collaborative activities.
  •    Research Fields: All fields within the basic sciences in line with bilateral strategic interests.
  •    Matching fund from Korean government: Korean funding supported by the Ministry of Health and Welfare.
  •    Further information can be found via the MRC website – see below.
    www.mrc.ac.uk/funding/browse/2015-mrc-khidi-uk-koreapartnering-awards

UK-Korea Bilateral Collaboration on Smart Energy Innovation

  •    Cooperation type: Coordinated Funding Call
  •    Funding Organisation: Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
  •    Call Opening/Closing Date: Registration of interest – 26 April 2018; Competition submission – 03 May 2018.
  •    Participation Qualification: UK and Korean companies and research performing organisations seeking collaborations for the development and deployment of flexible energy systems.
  •    Project Duration: Two years.
  •    Funding Scale and Funding Scheme: Up to GBP 6 million in total (GBP 3 million from each country to support between three to six projects.
  •    Research Fields: Development and demonstration of smart energy technologies, such as energy storage and demand-side response; vehicleto-grid; flexibility markets; and system integration.
  •    Matching fund from Korean government: Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy.
  •    Further information can be found via the UK’s Gov.uk website:
    https://www.gov.uk/guidance/funding-for-innovative-smart-energy-systems

4. Others

Key Research Organisations and Companies

Organisation Name

Detailed information

UK Research and Innovation

  •    Organisation type: Research Support Organisation
  •    homepage: www.ukri.org

Innovate UK

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)

Economic and Social Sciences Research Council (ESRC)

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

Medical Research Council (MRC)

  •    Organisation type: Research Funding Agency
  •    homepage: www.mrc.ukri.org

Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)

  •    Organisation type: Research Funding and Infrastructure Support Agency
  •    homepage: www.stfc.ukri.org

Edited and published by the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Korea: https://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/south-korea/50611/node/50611_el