|Nuclear Research and Development
meeting the challenges of the future directly through innovative research
and development activities.
The Ministry of Science and Technology is responsible for the Formulation and Promotion of the Nuclear R&D Programs.
The Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) is responsible for the management of the nuclear R&D programs in Korea under a governmental initiated plan. It formulates and promotes the annual implementation plan of the nuclear R&D programs.
The Nuclear R&D Programs are promoted in accordance with a Sector-by-Sector Plan.
Nuclear R&D programs are promoted systematically, in accordance with a sector-by-sector plan, for the following categories; nuclear technology development projects, expansion of the research infrastructures, projects for field applications, development of radiation technology, reinforcement of the foundation for international cooperation, development of hydrogen production technology by utilizing nuclear technology, etc.
The aforementioned nuclear R&D Programs are promoted by their Research Sector.
The nuclear technology development projects are the backbone of the nuclear R&D programs in Korea. The project is now at the third phase (2007-2011) after successful completion of the first and second phases of the projects since 1992. The objectives and goals of the R&D areas of the third phase projects are represented as follows:
|Sustain Nuclear Energy Supply Through Developing Core Technologies
||¤ýFuture reactor system technology
¤ýCore technology on nuclear fuel cycle
¤ýEnhancing NPP operating technology
|Secure Nuclear Safety Technology To Prevent Nuclear Disasters
||¤ýNPP safety assessment/verification technology
¤ýSafety management system of radiation and
¤ýNuclear activity monitoring/radiation protection
|Develop Fundamental Technology For National Competitiveness
||¤ýExport-oriented nuclear reactor
¤ýAdvanced Korean nuclear fuel technology
|Develop Radiation Technology To Meet Social Demand
||¤ýRadiation fusion technology
¤ýRadiation medical technology
¤ýBase technology of radiation
|Strenghten The Base For Developing Nuclear Technology
||¤ýProton based engineering technology
¤ýExpanding neutron facility and advancing
¤ýStrengthening the base for core future technology
¤ýNurturing nuclear manpower
Close Cooperation among R&D Organizations maximizes their results.
Nuclear R&D programs are implemented effectively and efficiently through close cooperation among the research organizations of the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI), the Korea Institute of Radiological & Medical Science (KIRAMS), the Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety (KINS), and many universities.
Investment in Nuclear R&D is increasing every year.
Korea's investment in nuclear R&D in 2006 was approximately 206 million U.S. dollars, which has more than doubled in the last 10 years when compared with 85 million U.S. dollars in 1997. This trend is expected to increase steadily on a yearly basis.
R&D Programs have produced outstanding results.
Korea's Nuclear R&D programs have continuously produced successful results, and Korea is now endeavoring to export its nuclear technology based on the foundation of such achievements.
Korea is preparing for the future through International
Korea is actively participating in the Generation IV International Forum (GIF) for the development of innovative reactors called Gen-IV nuclear reactors, the International Project on Innovative Nuclear Reactors and Fuel Cycles (INPRO) of the IAEA, the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), etc. Korea fulfills this important role by preparing for the future innovative nuclear reactor needs in collaboration with the other countries involved in these programs, thereby enhancing the transparency of Korean nuclear technology.