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Q What is the purpose of the BP Program?

  • A) The purpose of the BP program is to provide an R&D project led by a PI with one foreign excellent scientist/researcher so as to improve the research outcomes and to establish an international cooperative network.

Q Can scientists with foreign nationality staying in Korea apply as Brain Pool candidates?

  • A) Both foreigners and Koreans with foreign nationals can apply for the program while they are staying in Korea. Scientists with Korean nationality can apply for this program only when he/she is staying in foreign countries at that moment.

Q Can hosts invite foreign scientists for lectures through BP Program?

  • A) The program is aimed at promoting R&D in Korea. Inviting a foreign expert for only lecturing cannot get support from the program. However, it is possible for Brain Pool fellows to give university lectures on one subject.

Q Can company-affiliated research institutions apply for the program as a host?

  • A) Yes, it is possible. Please see below regarding the eligibility stated in the BP guidelines.
  • Host institutions shall be government-supported research institutions, national/public research institutions, universities and university-affiliated research institutions, research institutions of incorporated nonprofit foundations, and company-affiliated research institutions of small/medium enterprises and enterprises of middle standing. However, in the case of research institutions of incorporated nonprofit foundations, if a research institution is established by a specific industrial body and is operated mainly for that specific industrial body, it shall be regarded as a company-affiliated research institution.

Q If the host wants to invite a foreign scientist who does not hold a doctorate degree, can he/she be invited through the BP program?

  • A) Universities and research institutes cannot apply for the program to invite someone who do not hold a doctorate degree at all. However, company's research institutes can apply for the program even if the candidate foreign research does not have a doctorate degree: Provided, that he/she has enough experience of technology R&D for at least five years or more.

Q Is there any case when the host cannot apply for the program even with a candidate holding a doctorate degree?

  • A) BP candidates should have five-year experience abroad or more after obtaining a doctorate degree in order to pass the BP requirements screening . If the candidate is a postdoc with over five years experience overseas since receiving their doctorate degree, he/she is not eligible. (Except for the case that a corporate research institute is the host))

Q Does this program support the joint research abroad?

  • A) The Brain Pool program is aimed at helping Korean scientists/researchers in domestic research institutes to have a joint R&D with foreign scientists together in Korea. Therefore, the program does not support joint research project taking place outside of Korea.

Q Who need to apply for the BP program- PI or overseas scientist?

  • A) All applications and submitted relevant documents (e.g. entry report, changes in the project, research outcomes) should be carried out by the PI of the host organization.

Q Can the PI still apply for the program although his/her research proposal is suspended?

  • A) In principle, Brain Pool fellows can be invited while the research project is in progress.
  • However, if a research project is put on hold, utilizing the BP fellow needs to be stopped as well.

Q What is the support grant from the program?

  • A) Mainly the grants are for personnel costs and invitation expenses as below.
  • - Personnel costs: KRW 3-10 million per month (based on the evaluation results of the Brain Pool fellows)
  • ※ For industrial bodies, some of personnel costs will be supported (90% for SMEs, 70% for enterprises of middle standing) from BP grants.
  • - Invitation Expenses: up to KRW 12.6 million (airfare, moving expenses (for those who participate in a 12-month project), insurance premiums, etc.)
  • ※ 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).

Q What about the conditions for airfare reimbursement? Does it cover Brain Pool fellows’ family members as well?

  • A) Airfare shall be paid for the Brain Pool fellow and one of the accompanying family members. If the actual grant duration is shorter than three months, the airfare for the accompanying family member shall not be paid. In addition, if the grant is terminated because of an injury, sickness, or death of the invited scientist, the returning airfare may be paid for the BP fellow and one of his/her accompanying family members. The actual airfare that is calculated based on the round-trip airfare for the shortest direct flight (including domestic flights) shall be provided once.

Q How are moving expenses covered?

  • A) If the actual duration of the BP program is 12 months, moving expenses shall be provided at the time of his/her departure from Korea.

Q Are there any cases where items are not reimbursed?

  • A) All items cannot be reimbursed unless receipts are submitted. Proof of moving expenses should be via the receipt issued by the moving companies in principle.

Q Does this program provide research costs?

  • A) The BP program does not cover research costs. Research costs for BP fellows need to be funded from the matching funds of the host.

Q Situation in when a BP fellow cannot get reimbursed for airfare?

  • A) Airfare shall be paid for the invited scientist and one accompanying family member. If the actual grant duration is shorter than three months, the airfare for the accompanying family member shall not be paid. In addition, if the grant is terminated because of an injury, sickness, or death of the invited scientist, the returning airfare may be paid for the invited scientist and his/her accompanying family member. The actual airfare that is calculated based on the round-trip airfare for the shortest direct flight (including domestic flights) shall be provided once.

Q What is the condition to get reimbursed for fellows’ moving expenses?

  • A) The moving expenses will be paid at the time of departure of the BP fellows after the end of the grant period. If the grant period was shorter than 12 months (due to early return or shortening of the joint research period), the moving expenses cannot be covered.

Q Is there any case where items are not reimbursed?

  • A) All items cannot be reimbursed unless receipts are submitted. Proof of moving expenses should be via the receipt issued by the moving companies in principle. However, a receipt remitted to the moving companies is also acceptable.

Q How can I apply for official business trip or private vacation?

  • A) - Only when the overseas business trip is directly related to the R&D project for the BP, can it be considered a business trip. For a personal trip, the BP fellow should use paid vacation (e.g. student consultation, the examination of a thesis, participation in conferences or events).
  • - The BP fellows are free to go for personal vacations whether in Korea or overseas within the paid vacation days according to the paid vacation days table.

  • Duration of BP Program Vacation Days
    Up to 3 months
    Up to 4 months
    Up to 5 months
    Up to 6 months
    Up to 7 months
    Up to 8 months
    Up to 9 months
    Up to 10 months
    Up to 11 months
    Up to 12 months
    5 days
    7 days
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    10 days
    12 days
    14 days
    16 days
    18 days
    19 days
    20 days

Q Are there any limitations for overseas business trips?

  • A) -The total number of days of the business trip should not exceed 10% of the grant period. If a business trip is longer than 10 days or the accumulated days exceed 10% of the grant period, for a business trip, the BP fellow should submit the overseas business trip plan to NRF through his/her PI after approval from host in order to get permission in advance.
  • - If he/she goes a business trip without obtaining permission in advance, the days will be counted as paid vacation. If the number of paid vacation days exceeds the allowable number, personnel costs that correspond to the exceeded amount, calculated on a daily basis, must be returned.

Q Do business trip days count including national holidays?

  • A) As for the pro rata daily basis, the host institution’s holidays and public or national holidays shall not be counted as vacation days.

Q Will the departure/entry date be counted as business trip days?

  • A) Both departure and entry dates will be counted as one day (0.5 day each).
  •    E.g. Leaving on Monday and entering on Friday: 1 day
  • Leaving on Monday and entering on Saturday: 1 day (rounding off) Leaving on Saturday and entering on Monday: 0 day


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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