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BP Program Guidelines

1. Utilizing Brain Pool Program

Host institutions discover and search for their Brain Pool candidates and apply for the Brain Pool program

  • - Host institutions are required to verify the necessity of hosting Brain Pool fellows, the capabilities of the candidates, and the likelihood of their further development
  • - Host institutions are required to manage the support system for the Brain Pool fellows (e.g., support for research, living in Korea, administration duties

Procedures

  •  
       
    Announcement of the Brain Pool program
    Announcement of the Brain Pool program
    Announcement of eligibility and conditions of the BP program
    MSIT/NRF
      
    Finding the Brain Pool candidate
    Finding the Brain Pool candidate
    by host institution
    Finding overseas outstanding researcher in relevant field and self-screening of the candidates by own institutions based on the excellence of his/her work.
    Host Institution
      
    Submit Application
    Submit Application
       
    Fill out BP application form and submit on ERND
    - Further discussion regarding research plan with the candidate
    Host Institution
       
     

2. Management of Brain Pool Program

Program period: from 6 to 12 months (For companies’ affiliate research institutes, the program period can be from 3 to 12 months.)

  • ※Brain Pool fellow’s entry into South Korea and the initiation of Brain Pool Program must be commenced within 3 months from the date the selection results are notified (Delay of initiation research over 3 months will lead to the withdraw of the fellowship.).

Level of Funding: Personnel costs of Brain Pool fellow and his/her hosting expenses(Invitation expenses)

  • - In accordance with the calculation standards stated in the Brain Pool management guidelines.
      
  • [Level of Funding]

  • Level of Funding
    Classification Personnel Costs Invitation Expenses
    Newly Selected KRW 3∼10 Million/ Month
    (depending on the results of evaluation of each fellow)
    KRW 3.4∼12.6 Million
    (airfare, moving expenses, insurance premiums, etc)
    Re-appointed

  • ※ Personnel costs are supported in accordance with the calculation standard, which reflects the researchers experience, salary, and research achievements of Brain Pool fellow (minimum 3 million won / month / maximum of 10 million won / month).
  • ※ However, for company-affiliated research institutions of small/medium enterprises, Personnel costs of Brain Pool fellows will be supported 90% (70% for enterprises of middle standing)
  • ※ Small-sized enterprises must cover 10% of the fellow’s personnel costs (cash only) as well as bear more than 15% in kind (or cash).
  • ※ For the third term of a re-applied project, the NRF shall provide 50% of personnel costs of the Brain Pool Fellow( The rest of personnel costs must be set by the matching funds from the host institution.)

Brain Pool Grants

  • - Providing Brain Pool grants : Following the conclusion of the agreement with the host upon confirming the fellow’ certificates of entry (passports, etc.), Brain Pool funds will be deposited into the host institutions’ account, and the program will then start accordingly.
  • - Execution of Brain Pool grants : The host institution pays the fellow’s salary at a flat rate every month after completing the employment contract between the fellow and the host institution, and invitation expenses shall be paid based on the actual expenses, in accordance with the Brain Pool guidelines.
     

3. Selection Evaluation

Procedures

  •  
    Reviewing requirements
    Reviewing requirements
    (Managing Organization)
    Screening
    qualifications
     
    NRF
     
      
    Evaluation by Expert committee
    Evaluation by
    Expert committee
    (Evaluation
    Committee)
    Project evaluation
    + Candidate evaluation
    (Document evaluation by panel)
    Evaluation
    Committee
      
    Comprehensive Evaluation
    Comprehensive Evaluation
    (Steering
    Committee)
    Selecting projects for Brain pool funding
    Steering
    Committee
      
    Final selection

    Final selection
     
     
    Report finalist to the NRF
    → Confirmed by MSIT →
    Notify to the host institution
    Steering
    Committee