Last Updated

23 Dec 2019

MRC and KHIDI Call For Proposals: UK-Korea Partnering Awards

The Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Korea Health Industry Development Institute (KHIDI) are pleased to relaunch the UK-Korea Partnering Awards scheme, aimed at fostering links between researchers in the UK and in Korea. We invite joint applications from researchers based in the UK and Korea.

The overarching aim of the UK-Korea Partnering Awards scheme is to provide resources to biomedical and health researchers in the UK and Korea that will allow them to forge long-term collaborations. It is hoped that the partnerships established through these awards will lead to the development of long-term collaborative research programmes that will be competitive for national funding.

Specific objectives

  • To establish and strengthen partnerships between UK and Korean researchers in biomedical and health research.
  • To promote the exchange of scientists, including early career scientists.
  • To promote access to facilities.


  • Th UK and Korean Principal Investigators (PI) must put together a joint application written in English. The UK Principal Investigator must then submit a copy to the MRC and the Korean-PI must submit a copy to KHIDI.
  • Applications must be made by a UK PI who is eligible for MRC funding and a Korean PI who is eligible for KHIDI funding.
  • UK applicants must be in receipt of an active grant that was awarded through a competitive, peer-reviewed process.
  • UK applicants who hold an active competitive research grant from a funder other than the MRC will be required to submit a signed Letter of Support from their Head of Department
    • confirming that they are in receipt of a competitively awarded research grant; and
    • including information about the applicant’s current funding (including the funder name, funding type/scheme, grant title, grant reference, amount in GBP, start date, end date and role e.g. Co-Investigator).
  • MRC funded research projects will not be at an advantage to those who hold funding from other organisations.
  • The UK applicant should have a contract of employment with the research organisation for the duration of the KHIDI partnering award.

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Applications deadline January 31, 2020 (UK side: 4pm UK time).