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Ministry of Knowledge Economy Collaboration Program

Korean Ministry of Knowledge EconomyThe Ministry of Knowledge Economy of Korea and Microsoft Research Asia are pleased to announce the sponsorship of creative research projects for researchers to advance the state of the art in research, inspire technological innovation, and foster young talent in information technology and software. This program offers funding support for collaborative research projects and internships for full-time graduate students who are enrolled in Korean academic institutions.

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Proposal Overview

Important Dates

  • Proposal application form available for download*: June 5, 2012 to July 9, 2012
  • Proposal submission deadline: July 9, 2012
  • Announcement of winning projects: August 2012

*Download the application form at National IT Industry Promotion Agency

Eligibility Requirements

  • To participate in this program, you must be a full-time master’s or PhD student and currently enrolled in a Korean academic institution. Your major area of study should be IT and/or software-related.
  • Research projects must be conducted by teams of three to five graduate students who are supervised by a professor from their academic institution.
  • Research topics must be related to IT and/or software.
  • Each student applicant is limited to one project—the same student may not submit more than one application to this program.

Submission Instructions

A link to the application form will be posted to this page when it is available.

  • Complete your proposal in both Korean and English and submit it as instructed.
  • Your proposal must be on A4 size paper and five to seven pages in length.

Project Selection

Proposals will be screened in two stages as follows:

  • First screening: two or more program managers from Microsoft Research will review the applications to ensure that they are eligible and adhere to requirements
  • Second screening: two or more researchers from Microsoft Research in related area of technology will evaluate the proposal based on the following criteria:
    • Technical excellence including innovation, creativity, and feasibility
    • Feasibility of project completion and dissemination plans
    • Use of relevant tools and technologies
    • Qualification of principal investigator and participants
    • Mentoring support from an appraisal board researcher

Internship Overview

Eligibility Criteria

Graduate students who participate in a selected project for the Ministry of Knowledge Economy of Korea program known as the IT/SW Creative Research Course are eligible to apply for a six-month internship at Microsoft Research Asia in Beijing, China. To be eligible, you must be able to demonstrate the following qualifications:

  • Mathematical (algorithm) problem-solving skills
  • Computer programming skills
  • English and communication skills
  • High potential for quality research and publication
  • Soft skills (for example, enthusiasm, motivation, and teamwork)

Application Instructions

A link to the application form will be posted to this page when it is available. In addition to the completed application form, also submit the following:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Self-introduction video that incorporates presentation slides (10 to 15 minute duration)

Selection Process

Applicants will be screened in two stages:

  • First stage: application review
  • Second stage: phone interview with candidates who pass the first stage Researchers/project mentors will provide recommendations and comments for intern selections.

Program Highlights


  • Twenty-four project proposals were selected among 54 received proposals as of end of October 2011
  • Total funding size of 1.5 billion local KRW currency increased by 25 percent compared with 2010
  • A total of 91 graduate students participated as a team members in selected projects


  • Eighteen proposals were selected as of December 2010 with total funding of 1.25 billion local KRW currency; projects were successfully completed by end of June 2011
  • Ten outstanding students from a total of 71 participants on the selected projects hired for the Microsoft Research Asia internship program for six months