Innovation Fund Denmark and Korean Institute for Applied Technology intensify their cooperation

Innovation Fund Denmark (IFD) and Korean Institute for Applied Technology (KIAT) in South Korea have agreed to increase their collaboration on applied research and innovation. The collaboration will work as a bridgehead for companies and researchers who want to engage in joint research activities. The agreement was signed during the EUREKA Innovation Days in Helsinki on 22-24 May under the supervision of former Minister of Research and Education Mr. Bertel Haarder.

June 01, 2018

From left: Former Minister Mr. Bertel Haarder, International coordinator in IFD Mr. Jens Peter Vittrup, EUREKA Coordinator Mr. Jay Hak Jung and President for KIAT Dr. Hak-do Kim.

The collaboration will focus on collaborations between SMEs and research institutions within the Eurostars programme and will be open for collaboration in all technologies. Special attention will, however, be given to topics such as Cyber Security, Industry 4.0, Materials and tribology as well as Biotech.

The collaboration is arranged within the framework of the inter-governmental organisation EUREKA, which was started by 12 EU-countries back in 1985. EUREKA’s objective is to promote international collaboration on applied research engaging industry as well as academia. Today EUREKA has more than 45 member states and associated members from all parts of the world.

Back in 1985 it was Mr. Bertel Haarder, who as the then Minister for Education and Research, and the then Minister for Foreign Affairs, Uffe Elleman-Jensen, who signed the agreement on behalf of Denmark.

Having one of the original founders of EUREKA, Mr. Bertel Haarder, supervising the collaboration agreement between IFD and KIAT came with an air of history. But Mr. Bertel Haarder underlined the importance for continuing the international cooperation:

- International collaboration on research and innovation is just as important today as it was back in 1985. This is underlined by the fact that EUREKA since 1985 has developed into becoming a global organisation. To maintain a high level of national funding EUREKA must focus on future growth technologies such as health-tech, environment and energy and smart transportation.

IFD is coordinating its activities with the Scientific Attaché Mr. Eske Bo Rosenberg at the Danish Embassy in South Korea.

Facts about the EUREKA-collaboration

The collaboration was established in 1985 in Paris. Here, the then Minister for Education and Research, Bertel Haarder, and the then Minister for Foreign Affairs, Uffe Elleman-Jensen, signed the agreement on behalf of Denmark.

On the 30th birthday of EUREKA in 2015, the collaboration had invested

  • in 5.900 projects
  • with 14.200 companies
  • for more than 36 bn.
  • with Danish participation in 464 projects

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Contact

International Coordinator in Innovation Fund Denmark,
Jens Peter Vistrup
Phone: +45 6190 5023
Mail: Jens.Peter.Vittrup@innofond.dk