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Korea Institute for Advancement of Technology

한국산업기술진흥원 |

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Head Office
Korea Technology Center 2~14L, 305 Teheranno Kangnam-Gu, Seoul 135-780 Korea

* Vision

 - A world class industrial technology development institute that heads the strengthening of competitiveness in the industrial technology ecosystem

* Mission

 - Promotion of industrial technology innovation and support of innovation-related policy development through efficient and systematic project initiation

* Major Functions

- Study policy related to industrial technology innovation Medium and long-term planning and result analysis related to innovation Establishment of infrastructure for industrial technology Promotion of regional industries Promotion of commercialization and transfer of technology International cooperation

Research funder
Research policymaker
Main activity

Major Activties

KIAT conducts various activities to promote technological policy, including: medium and long-term planning and result analysis; the construction of an industrial technology infrastructure; and the transfer and commercialization of industrial technology.

1. To Develop National Technology Strategy

- The "Technological Strategy Division studies and suggests national policies to promote industrial technology, as well as provides comprehensive technological development blueprints

* The Technological Strategy Division investigates, analyses and researches the drawing up of industrial technology related policies. The result of national investment to industrial technology is systematically analysed, and it is then reviewed to propose policies for effective alternatives. By using advanced techniques, the Technological Strategy Division sets integrated technology blueprints for the development of medium and long-term national technology strategy. Also, by collecting and providing trends and statistics related to industrial technology policies, the division helps corporation-university research programs formulate technological strategy.

Policy study and result analysis

The division creates new knowledge and information, suggests feasible technological issues and systematically analyses the result of investment in R&D.

  • Promotion of knowledge ecosystem regarding industrial technology related policies
  • Establishment of an integrated infrastructure of research for industrial technology related policies
  • Result analysis of R&D
  • Determination of alternative policies and planning of R&D regarding industrial technology
Technological planning and strategy making

The division provides a blueprint of technological development and a road map, as well as specific direction for investment in national R&D, with the assistance of an expert network and knowledge clustering.

  • Blueprint of integrated technology for knowledge economy
  • Technological road map for industrial source technology
  • Technological planning for parts and materials industry
  • Support for mid-tier R&D groups
Statistics and trend analysis

The division prepares statistics on demand for technological strategy formulation, and analysis trends and issues regarding industrial technology-related policies.

  • Establishment of integrated statistical system for industrial technology
  • Establishment of statistical system for demand and supply of engineers required
  • Statistical survey of corporate R&D
  • Publication of trend book on industrial technology related policy


2. To Enlarge Global Technological Coopeartion

- The Technological Coopeartion Division exchanges issues on up-to-date industrial technology together with engineers and researchers from all over the world, initiating the era of global technological cooperation

* The Technological Cooperation Division supports the international joint technological development of domestic corporations, universities and research centers. Through connections with major foreign technological organizations, the division leads global technological exchanges and innovation through up-to-date collection and analysis of industrial technology related information from all over the world.

Upgrading innovation capability through international joint R&D
  • Bilateral international joint technological development projects
    • KOR-US Tech.
    • KO-RUSSIA Tech.
    • International joint technological development projects in
    • Fields such as parts and materials
    • Technology acquisition/technology complementation etc.
  • Multilateral international joint technological development projects
    • EU Framework Programme
    • EUREKA associated country membership
Establishment of an infrastructure for strategic technological cooperation
  • Road map for medium and long-term international cooperation
    • Activities for international industrial technology cooperation
  • Provision of consultation and information on overseas industrial technology
    • Establishment of overseas technological cooperation infrastructure
    • Establishment of kor-8rit STIP cooperative infrastructure
  • Cultivation of technology experts
    • Support in attracting overseas researchers and engineers
    • Fostering of experts for international cooperation
Promotion of bilateral industridl technology cooperation
  • Kor-EU industrial technology cooperation
  • Techno Caravan


3. To Support for Technology Transfer and Commercialization

- The Commercialization Support Division establishes commercialization promotion system and transfers technologies developed. It also supports globalization of technology-based companies

* The Commercialization Support Division identifies excellent technological assets and manages a global technological information service network for the commercialization of technology and the effectiveness of investment in R&D. The division provides funds for technology commercialization in the future growth driver fields, and encourages the growth of global technology-based corporations by linking them with technology funds, The division promotes business-oriented networks of corporations, universities and research institutes, to transfer and commercialize technology for public use. It also supports the establishemnt of an infrastructure for the utilization of intellectual property rights.

Commercialization policy planning and improvement of regulations
  • Strategy planning for technology transfer and commercialization projects
  • Operation of an academic degree course in technological management
  • Provision and fostering of public technology transfer organizations and technology-based companies
Promotion of technology market
  • Establishment and management of an information network for national technology commercialization
  • Operation of patent trust system and management of related organizations
  • Appointment of organizations for trading and evaluating technology, and supervision of the bodies
Linking to commercialization funds and financial aid
  • Development of technology financial aid policy and strategy
  • Management of new growth driver fund
  • Administering of commercialization-linked technology development projects
Utilization of technological assets
  • Development of policy on intellectual property rights and supports patent production of promising R&D institutes
  • Planning of intellectual property rights patent strategy
  • Providing assistance for the prevention of industrial technology leakage


4. To establish Infrastructure

- The Infrastructure Support Division assists in the establishment of infrastructure fundamental to national R&D activities

* The Infrastructure Support Division improves the competence of engineers and researchers on the scene and fosters manpower to meet the demands of the future. In addition, it increases technology-friendly awareness towards people and boosts the pride of researchers and engineers.

Planning of manpower related policy and projects

 The division assists in manpower fostering projects for companies and supports preliminary survey and result analysis to foster engineers as required by industrial demand.

  • engineers as required by industrial demand.of manpower-related projects and result analysis
  • Strategic fostering of engineers and researchers
  • Assistance in SMEs’ employment of high-quality researchers
  • Supports technological education and innovation centers
Formation of technological infrastructure

The division strategically establishes technological infrastructure related to the productivity of research development by encouraging utilization of research equipment as well as the development of core equipment.

  • Establishment of joint research base
  • Establishment of supportive organization for Korean traditional paper industry
  • Establishment of supportive organization for fermented microorganisms
  • Establishment of design industry base
  • Promoting corporation-university-research center collaboration
Establishment of an advanced corporationuniversity cooperation system

The division is establishing an advanced corporation-university cooperation system that results in mutual win-win conditions between the cooperating bodies, by increasing support for the participating companies and aiding universities suitable for the system.

  • Fostering collaboration-oriented universities with corporations
  • Supporting university-based corporations
  • Construction of a university-corporate cooperation network
Promotion of technology-friendly culture

The division promotes technology-friendly culture to improve the awareness of industrial technology and expand the social base.

  • Initiation of Korea Technology Awards
  • Construction and planning of industrial technology museum
  • Publication of books and teaching materials related to industrial technology
  • TechRoad Tour
  • Operation of Future Imagination Technology
  • Exposition


5. To forster Regional Industry

- The Regional Industry Division studies and suggests policies for the specialized development of each region in Korea, and manages related projects such as the fostering of promising industries for metropolitan ecnomoies and the promotion of regional strategic industries

* The Regional Industry Division devises schemes to reform regulations, plans programs, and conducts policy study and result analysis to support a new regional balanced development policy centered upon “enhancing competitiveness of metropolitan economies, developing characteristics of each region, and region-led development.” The division also conducts specialized education and regional investment promotion expositions to expand the outcome of the regional policies.

Studying regional industry supporting policy

The division clarifies the direction of regional industry policy for the specialized development of each region, through researching regional industry supporting policy, supportive program planning, and result analysis.

  • Preparation of annual report on regional development plan
  • Research into reorganization of regional industry support project system
  • Planning medium and long-term management for regional specialization centers
  • Result analysis on regional strategic industry fostering projects
  • Research on the present condition of regional R&D (planning of efficient management of regional R&D bases)
Evaluation and management of regional industry supporting projects

The division plans and manages regional industry supporting projects based on the Act on National Balanced Development (Act No.9629).

  • Fostering of regional strategic industry
  • Fostering of regionally specialized industries
  • Regional innovation center project
  • Fostering of regional manpower
  • Fostering of promising industry for metropolitan economies
Management of regional industry supporting projects and dissemination of result data

The division manages various projects connecting regions for mutual benefit and result dissemination.

  • Opening of regional investment promotion shows
  • Management of joint council to supervise regional strategic industry fostering project
  • Management of workshops and steering meetings of regional characteristics center
  • Specialized education on regional innovation


6. To Support Parts & Materials Industry

- The Parts & Materials Support Division formulates policies for the advancement of the parts and materials industry in Korea, and provides various infrastructure for the development of parts and materials manufacturers.

* The Parts & Materials Support Division assists in improving the competitiveness of the parts and materials industry of Korea by helping strengthen innovative capability, through activities such as medium and long-term planning, securing core technologies and reliability bases, and the support of specialized parts manufacturers. For such, the division promotes knowledge exchange between corporations, universities and research institutes. It also provides various infrastructures including reliability, fostering of manpower and international exhibitions, that are necessary to enhance the competitiveness of parts and material manufacturers.

Innovation enchancement of parts and materials manufacturers

The division improves the innovative capability of parts and materials companies by establishing industry-oriented policies and constructing industry development infrastructure.

  • Parts and materials innovation research association project
  • Parts and materials statistics establishment project
  • Parts and materials general information establishment project
  • Materials information bank establishment project
Increase in reliability of parts and materials industry

To increase the reliability of parts and materials manufacturers, the division supports construction of development bases as well as a network for users and suppliers of parts and materials.

  • Construction of reliability base
  • Expansion of reliability-related technology
  • Certification of reliability
Improving global competitiveness of parts and materials companies
  • Technology support project for specialized parts and materials manufacturers
  • International Materials and Components Industry Show


Research Policymaker
To develop national technology strategy
Research funder
To provide public reserach institutes, private companies and universities with research funds and


KIAT is a public institute founded under Article 38 of the Industrial Technology Innovation Promotion Act. 

   04/05/2009 Establishment of KIAT

                   Appointment of the first president of KIAT

   02/02/2009 Formed a committee for the establishment of a technology development supporting institution

   22/10/2008 Formed team under the Ministry of Knowledge Economy for R&D supporting institutions

   26/08/2005 The government announced the second stage of the public institute advancement plan


Main Structure


Number of Employees
Administrative staff
Research staff
Research policy priorities

To develop national strategy to advance industrial technology

To enhance international R&D collaboration

To accelerate technology transfer and commercialisation of R&D results

Main Policy Priorities
1.1.1 Strategy policy documents (official documents, policy consultation papers, green or whith papers, Operational Programmes of Structural Funds)
Other Policy Priorities
2.2.2 Knowledge Transfer (contract research, licences, research and IPR issues in public/academic/non-profit institutes)
4.1.2 Support to innovation in services
4.2.1 Support to innovation management and advisory services
4.2.3 Support to technology transfer between firms
Sectoral priorities


Geographic priorities


Financing priorities
Public research organisation
Last available data
Total annual budget in Euro
895 142 884
Total annual budget in national currency
KRW 1,331,901,000,000
Currency transformation method
1 euro = 1,484 KRW
Evaluation and review

- Annual evaluation about performance management has been carried out by central government.

Website in original language
Website in English
Correspondent name
Youngjoo Ko
Document Date

Country Highlights

Change in national R&D evaluation...
Rep. of Korea 21/01/2013
In December 2012, the National Science and Technology Commisstion (NSTC) changed the evaluation...
S&T policy commitment of Korea's...
Rep. of Korea 21/12/2012
The first female new President of SOuth Korea, Park Geun-hye, committed several important...
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