Canadian Connected & Autonomous Vehicle R&D Mission to South Korea - November 26-29, 2019
Request for Expression of Interest
Global Affairs Canada through the Embassy of Canada in Seoul and the National Research Council Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP), will be pleased to receive your application to participate in the “Canadian Connected & Autonomous Vehicle R&D Mission to South Korea”, which will take place from 26-29 November, 2019 in Seoul, South Korea.
Please note that interested companies must apply no later than September 20, 2019.
The connected & autonomous vehicle (CAV) sector is a key economic driver in both Canada and South Korea. With their strong R&D expertise and capacity in the sector, Canadian companies are well positioned to partner with leading Korean companies and R&D centers to increase their global competitiveness and access new markets. The mission will focus on introducing Canadian SMEs to potential Korean partners for industrial R&D collaboration.
Examples of R&D collaboration include:
- validation of the suitability of Canadian technology to the Korean or other markets;
- adaptation of Canadian technology to meet Korean or other market characteristics;
- or joint development of new products or services by combining Canadian and Korean technology.
Collaborative R&D projects (validation, adaptation and co-development) between Canadian and Korean companies resulting from the Canadian Connected & Autonomous Vehicle R&D Mission to South Korea may be eligible for Canadian International Innovation Program (CIIP) funding.
Canadian Delegate Profile
Canadian participants should meet the requirements below in order to benefit from this initiative:
- Profit-oriented, small- or medium-sized enterprise incorporated in Canada;
- Previous experience in commercializing technology for domestic or international markets;
- Capacity and interest to co-develop technology with Korean partners;
- Committed to expansion to the South Korean market; and,
- Sufficient working capital and human resources to undertake a multi-year R&D collaboration and commercialize the results.
The Canadian Connected & Autonomous Vehicle R&D Mission will take place over a 4-day period. Elements of the mission may include:
- Tailored B2B meetings with Korean companies to discuss R&D collaboration opportunities;
- Site visits of leading Korean companies and/or research centres;
- Participation in a CAV networking event where Korean companies, industry associations, researchers, and public agencies will be invited; and,
- Speaking opportunities for Canadian participants to present company capabilities for industrial R&D collaboration to Korean companies and organizations.
Technology and products of particular interest in the Korean CAV sector include:
- CAV embedded software;
- Connectivity solutions, including V2X, V2V, V2D;
- Advanced driver-assistance systems, sensors, vision systems;
- Infotainment, telematics, human-machine interface;
- Artificial intelligence, IoT, big data, analytics;
- Cyber-physical systems (CPS);
- Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS).
Connected & Autonomous Vehicles in South Korea
- South Korea is home to major automotive companies like Hyundai and Kia, ICT companies like LG and Samsung and telecommunications companies like KT and SKT. South Korea offers great opportunities for R&D cooperation for Canadian companies with competitive technologies and innovative solutions.
- The South Korean government plans to have level 3 autonomous vehicles commercialized by 2020 and fully autonomous vehicles on the road by 2030. South Korea also invests over 4% of its GDP on R&D, and the total amount of Korea's R&D investment is one of the largest in the world.
Latest developments include:
- South Korea opened the world’s first 5G network-based autonomous vehicle testing site, K-City, in December 2018 and will invest an additional $CAD35 million by 2021 to create a testing environment in severe weather conditions.
- At CES 2019, Hyundai Motor released its future mobility innovation strategy based on electrification, connectivity and open innovation and committed to secure 10 million active connectivity users globally by early 2022 and invest $CAD2.8 billion in CAV technologies over the next 5 years.
- SKT and the Seoul Metropolitan Government will collaborate to develop the next-generation traffic system based on 5G networks by 2020.
Financial support for Travel Costs
The Canadian International Innovation Program (CIIP) may provide financial support to eligible participants for 50% of all eligible expenses (see application process below) such as:
- Economy airfare;
- Local transportation;
- Meals; and,
- Conference registration fees.
How to Apply for Participation
- Interested companies should request an application form from Young Jin Kim (firstname.lastname@example.org), Trade Commissioner at the Embassy of Canada in Seoul. A complete application form requesting additional information on your company and your technology and your interest in discussing possible R&D opportunities will be sent to you;
- Completed application forms are due no later than September 20, 2019 to Young Jin Kim (email@example.com);
- The Embassy of Canada in Seoul and NRC-IRAP will select companies to participate in the mission. Selected applicants can expect to be notified no later than October 4, 2019;
- Companies formally selected to participate in the mission will be invited to apply for travel funding support. Interested participants should request a travel funding form from Young Jin Kim (firstname.lastname@example.org);
- Companies who have applied for travel support can expect to be notified of the decision on travel funding support no later than October 25, 2019.
Please note: Participation is limited. Applications submitted will be assessed to determine the eligibility of the Applicant to participate in this R&D mission based on the quality of the information provided in regards to the technology and the appropriateness of the technology for the target CIIP market.
Canadian International Innovation Program (CIIP)
Global Affairs Canada (GAC) in collaboration with the National Research Council Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) delivers the Canadian International Innovation Program (CIIP) in South Korea. CIIP supports industrial R&D collaborations between Canadian SMEs and companies in key markets, including South Korea.
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