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2023 National R&D Investment Direction Online Public Hearing
The '2023 National R&D Investment Direction and Standards Online Public Hearing' hosted by the Ministry of Science and ICT (hereinafter referred to as the Ministry of Science and ICT) and supervised by the Korea Institute of Science and Technology Planning and Evaluation (KISTEP) will be held through an online channel on Wednesday, February 23rd.
This public hearing was prepared to explain the ‘National R&D investment direction and standards (draft) for 2023’ and to freely communicate and collect opinions for industry-university-research experts, government officials and the general public.
※ To prevent the spread of COVID-19, it is broadcast live on Naver TV, YouTube, and Kakao TV.
The first part of the public hearing started with a general presentation of the '2023 investment direction (draft)' by Oh Dae-hyeon, head of the research budget. Next, a panel discussion consisting of experts from the industry, academia, and research institutes, followed by a question-and-answer session, was held by Professor Shin-Doo Lee of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Seoul National University (Director of the R&D Investment Innovation Planning Division presided over by the Innovation Headquarters of the Ministry of Science and ICT) as the chair.
The 9 key investment directions in the 4 areas presented in the general presentation are △Strengthening future growth potential ((1) strengthening creative and challenging basic research and expanding future scientific and technological talents, (2) laying the foundation for systematic nurturing of national essential strategic technologies , (3) strengthening the material/parts/equipment ecosystem and supporting creation of future supply chains), △Improving the quality of life of the people ((4) strengthening the ability to respond to infectious diseases and supporting the bio-health sector, (5) mission-focused to solve social problems Reinforcement of type R&D, △ Leading the era of great transformation ((6) Promotion of digital transformation in all areas through DNA advancement, (7) Leading 2050 carbon neutrality through technological innovation and creation of an innovative ecosystem) △ Expansion of inclusive innovation capabilities ((8) Creation of a self-reliant innovation base to enhance the vitality of the region, (9) promotion of start-ups and commercialization based on excellent research results, and fostering of promising small and medium-sized enterprises).
The second part of the public hearing was followed by an announcement of detailed investment directions for each of the six technology fields consisting of public space, energy environment, mechanical materials, ICT convergence, life and medical science, and basic infrastructure, and in-depth discussions by expert committees.
▲ Lee Kyung-soo, head of the Science and Technology Innovation Division
At this meeting, Lee Kyung-soo, head of the Science and Technology Innovation Division, said, "In order to effectively respond to global technological hegemony, digital transformation, 2050 carbon neutrality, and population aging within the limited government R&D budget structure, strategic investment in government R&D is necessary.“ He also asked, “I hope that good suggestions and opinions will be presented through the public hearing so that the direction of national R&D investment can meet the vivid voices of the field.”
▲ Jeong Byung-seon, president of KISTEP
Jeong Byung-seon, president of KISTEP, said, “The philosophy of the national R&D investment direction and standard (draft) for 2023 is to respond to technological hegemony, secure global science and technology leadership, leap forward as an innovative powerhouse leading the technology economy, and realize an inclusive society where all people are happy.” In addition, he said, "As Korea aims to become a leading country beyond advanced countries, we will continue to make efforts to establish a leading science and technology investment and R&D investment system that turns a crisis into an opportunity."