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S. Korean Ministry Kicks Off 10-Year Tech Project
Source: koreaherald.com
Source Date: Monday, August 09, 2010
Focus: Citizen Engagement
Country: Korea (Republic of)
Created: Aug 16, 2010

The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology next month will kick off its 10-year project to develop ground-breaking neo-technologies.

Through its Global Frontier research and development project, the ministry will be supporting 15 research units until 2021, aiming to secure five or more original leading technologies, said officials Thursday.

The Global Frontier is the third among the ministrys 10-year projects to renovate the countrys science-technology level.

The 1990-2000 G7 project resulted in the development of the Code Division Multiple Access technology and flat screen televisions. The following 2000-2010 21C Frontier project led to biomedicines and diminutive disposal of carbon dioxide.

The 2010 Global Frontier has adopted as its issues new technology platforms such as bio fuels, augmented realities and human-friendly biotechnology, said officials.

The outputs of the project are expected to be deployed on a commercial scale in 10 years and put on general use in 20 years, according to the ministry.

Among the total of 136 originally developed technologies, 15 were initially selected through the online Open Global Frontier Forum, among which seven will be propelled this year, said officials.

The project will mostly focus on three major R&D teams, respectively led by a state scientist, said officials.

Seoul National Universitys innovative medical bio convergence team aims at developing high-efficiency medicine by using bio fusion technology.

The neo carbon circulation biomass team, led by Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology, is to develop an eco-friendly fuel from the carbonic biomass created through nature photosynthesis.

The simulation bio sensor solution team of Korea Institute of Science and Technology will work on an interactive communication between humans and simulation worlds.

The selected teams are to receive a government research fund of 5 billion won ($4.2 million) this year, which will be raised to 10-30 billion per year until 2020, said officials.

Based on our last 10 years experience in the previous 21C Frontier project, we have now established an improved set of management rules, said a ministry official.

In order to properly evaluate the research results and to maximize fund efficiency, the ministry is to introduce a strict fail or pass system to filter out under-qualified teams, the official also said.
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