Canadian Water & Wastewater R&D Mission to South Korea - June 25-28, 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 Water & Wastewater R&D Mission to South Korea” , which will take place from 25-28 June, 2019 in Seoul, South Korea.

Note that interested companies must apply no later than May 3, 2019 (extended).

Mission Objective

The mission will focus on introducing Canadian SMEs to potential Korean partners for industrial R&D collaboration specific to water and wastewater treatment and management.

Examples of R&D collaboration being targeted include:

Canadian Delegate Profile

Canadian participants should meet the requirements below in order to benefit from this initiative:

Mission Description

The Canadian Water & Wastewater R&D Mission will take place over a 4-day period. Elements of the mission may include:

Technology and products of particular interest in the Korean water and wastewater sector include:

Water and Wastewater in South Korea

South Korea’s water and wastewater sector has grown very fast in the last 50 years with significant national investment to supply clean water to the public and meet fast-growing industrial water needs. The Korean government aims to expand its water industry revenue to nearly $80 billion by 2030 and foster water-related technologies up to world-class level, with a focus on smart water grid and smart monitoring technologies using ICT. Exports by Korean companies in this sector are also growing, in particular to China.

With the mandate to construct, operate and manage facilities for the use and development of water resources in Korea, the Korea Water Resource Corporation (K-water) plays a very large role in the water industry landscape. The Korea Water and Wastewater Works Association (KWWA) is a statutory corporation representing over 1,100 members including 200 governments, municipalities, and public corporations and over 400 private firms.

The Embassy of Canada in Seoul will collaborate closely with KWWA and other organizations in order to identify suitable Korean partner companies for each Canadian participant to the mission.

Background Information

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:

How to Apply for Participation

  1. Interested companies should request an application form from Young Jin Kim (, 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;
  2. Completed application forms are due no later than May 3, 2019 (extended) to Young Jin Kim (;
  3. 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 May 10, 2019;
  4. 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 (;
  5. Companies who have applied for travel support can expect to be notified of the decision on travel funding support no later than May 24, 2019.

Please note: Participation is limited. Applications submitted will be assessed to determine the eligibility of the Applicant to participate in the PDA based on the quality of the information provided in regards to the technology and the appropriateness of the technology for the target CIIP PDA 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. Collaborative R&D projects (validation, adaptation and co-development) between Canadian and Korean companies resulting from the Canadian Water & Wastewater R&D Mission to South Korea may be eligible to apply for CIIP project funding in future.

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