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News article22 May 2023Directorate-General for Research and Innovation2 min read

Horizon Europe: The EU and the Republic of Korea launch formal negotiations on association to the programme

Today, the European Commission and the Republic of Korea (Korea) showed their commitment to deepen collaboration in research and innovation on solutions to global challenges by launching formal negotiations on Korea’s association to Horizon Europe, the EU’s Framework Programme for research and innovation.

An association would mark another milestone for the EU-Korea Strategic Partnership and support the implementation of the EU-Korea Digital and Green Partnerships.

An association to Horizon Europe would imply that Korean research and innovation entities would be able to participate in the programme’s collaborative calls addressing global challenges on equal terms with entities from the EU Member States. In addition, they would have access to Horizon Europe funding and would be able to coordinate actions. Moreover, representatives from Korean authorities would have the right to act as observers in the Programme Committees that shape the content of the Work Programme of Horizon Europe. An association would also contribute to wider and stronger people-to-people networks.

Under the Horizon Europe programme, association is for the first time offered to EU strategic partners, sharing common values, and with a strong science, innovation and technology profile located beyond the EU’s geographic proximity.

Association to Horizon Europe is a key instrument of Europe's global approach to cooperation in research and innovation. It reconfirms the EU’s commitment to driving excellence, pooling resources for faster scientific and technological progress, developing vibrant innovation ecosystems and promoting global openness in a strategic and reciprocal manner, while respecting key research and innovation values and principles.

Next Steps

The negotiations will proceed in the coming months.

Pending association, research entities from Korea can continue to participate in Horizon Europe, based on the programme’s ‘open to the world’ principle.


Cooperation between the EU and the Republic of Korea in research and innovation is governed by the Agreement for Scientific and Technological Cooperation, which entered into force in 2007, and is monitored and guided by the Joint Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation.

Korea formally expressed its interest to associate to Horizon Europe by submitting a Letter of Intent during the 7th meeting of the Joint S&T Cooperation Committee that took place in Seoul on 14 February 2022. The launch of negotiations is the result of the subsequent exploratory talks and technical exchanges. 

In Horizon Europe (2021-2027), so far, 16 grants have been signed with 17 participations by 14 Korean entities.

In Horizon 2020 (2014-2020), 130 grants were signed with 197 participations by 128 Korean entities.  Cooperation has covered a wide range of areas such as ICT, cybersecurity, smart cities, healthy ageing, climate sciences, disaster resilience etc.

More information

Horizon Europe

EU-Korea Cooperation in Research and Innovation

Europe's Global Approach to Research and Innovation


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Publication date
22 May 2023
Directorate-General for Research and Innovation