Facilitating Interdisciplinary Research: An Analysis of Grant Proposal Acceptance Rates in South Korea

학제 간 융합연구 활성화 방안 연구

  • 조성겸 (충남대학교 언론정보학과) ;
  • 이광희 (한국연구재단 문화융복합단)
  • Received : 2018.04.23
  • Accepted : 2018.05.16
  • Published : 2018.05.28


Interdisciplinary, or convergence, research has been a priority for the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) and many scholars in Korea have proposed interdisciplinary projects. Of the 4,930 proposals for the submitted in 2017, 2,575 (52.2%) of these proposals could be considered interdisciplinary projects. However, interdisciplinary projects had an acceptance rate of 35.0%, compared to an acceptance rate of 42.1% for single-discipline proposals. According to the study, despite the large share of research projects that appear to be interdisciplinary research, the characteristics of interdisciplinary studies was not reflected properly in the evaluation. I would suggest that it is required to prepare the criteria for classification of interdisciplinary studies in the classification system of research fields so that the characteristics of interdisciplinary research projects may be duly considered.


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