Korea Institute for Advancement of Technology
|Headquarters||Seoul, Republic of Korea|
Number of employees
The Korea Institute for Advancement of Technology (KIAT) is a quasi government-public institute under the Korean Ministry of Knowledge Economy. Formed in May 2009, the main functions of KIAT include analyzing and formulating Korean R&D and industrial policy, acting as an industrial technology innovation funding agency, creating Korea's industrial and technological ecosystem, and fostering international technological cooperation. KIAT has an annual budget of circa one billion dollars, and employs 257 staff. (2012)
KIAT was formed in May 2009 by the merger and consolidation of six previous Korean government and public institutes: ITEP (Korea Institute of Industrial Technology Evaluation and Planning), KOTEF (Korea Industrial Technology Foundation), KTTC (Korea Technology Transfer Center), IITA (Institution for Information Technology Advancement), KMAC (Korea Materials and Components Industry Agency), and KIDP (Korea Institute of Design Promotion).
|May, 2009–September, 2013||Kim Yong Geun (김용근)|
|September, 2013–present||Chung Jae Hoon (정재훈)|
Project Funding and grants
In 2012, KIAT distributed circa US$940m in technology project grants and R&D funding.
KIAT is responsible for organizing numerous annual technology, R&D, and collaboration events. These include:
The Tech Plus Forum ('tech+ forum') has been held since 2009 in Korea. It is a 'knowledge concert' that gathers leading experts in innovation and inspiration to discuss themed-topics over the course of a two-day event. The name Tech+ is derived from technology, economy, culture and humanity. In 2012, tech+ was held under the theme of ‘dream@technology'.
EUREKA is a pan-European collaborative R&D network that was established in 1985. It currently has 41 full member countries  and Korea is an associate member. KIAT acts as the EUREKA NCP (National Contact Point) for Korea, and since 2011 has held an annual Eureka day event to advance Korea-European cooperation and innovation via matchmaking and seminars.
- Erawatch Korea Institute for Advancement of Technology
- NewsWorld .NOVEMBER 2006
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- In your country - EUREKA
- EUREKA connects Korea’s R&D sector-The Korea Herald
- 2012 KOREA EUREKA Days - EUREKA Events - EUREKA
^ Reference #4. Figures derived and calculated from Korean government official statistics, Knowledge Economy Committee, Korean National Assembly, accessed Jan 09, 2013.