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).
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:
- validation 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.
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 Water & Wastewater 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 with leading Korean companies and/or research centres;
- Participation in a Water & Wastewater 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.
Technology and products of particular interest in the Korean water and wastewater sector include:
- Digital metering, remote meter reading system;
- Smart (ICT-enabled) water/wastewater treatment devices;
- UV disinfection system, ozonisation system;
- Membranes, aeration process;
- Centrifugal dewatering system, gravity concentrator system;
- Water-to-energy systems.
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.
- As its population doubled to more than 50 million during that period, the water supply connection rates rose from 17% (1961) to 98% (2012).
- The sewage connection and treatment rates also rose quite rapidly from 2% to over 90%.
- South Korea’s water industry is now the 5th largest in the world.
- The total length of water supply network in Korea reached almost 200,000 km in 2015 and the country has the capacity to treat over 25 million tons of sewage per day with about 160 sewage operators.
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 (email@example.com), 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 May 3, 2019 (extended) to Young Jin Kim (firstname.lastname@example.org);
- 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;
- 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 (email@example.com);
- 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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