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Yes, if your organization is a legal business entity registered and has research facilities in Korea.

Eligible entities include academic institutions, public and private research organizations, non-profit organizations, for-profit companies, or other recognized institution capable of supporting the proposed activities and administering grants and are legally established in accordance to the law of their countries.

Please note that both principal applicant (principal investigator) and co-applicant(s) are legal entities subject to above conditions.

No. Our Request for Proposals is open to everyone regardless of age or academic qualifications. However, the project lead and team must have the necessary qualifications and skills to carry out the proposed activities of the innovation.

Please refer to the eligibility criteria stipulated in each call for proposals

  • Product Development Award (PDA):

It is not mandatory for applicants to have a collaborator at the time of proposal submission. However, the applicant team must include at least one Korean entity with the expertise to make a significant contribution to the project. Inclusion of non-Korean partner(s) especially those from the Global South is highly recommended.

Application and Review Process

There is one type of awards at the moment:

Product Development Award (PDA): This is the standard award that intends to support development of vaccines, therapeutics, biologics or diagnostic platforms as global public good for prevention and control of infectious diseases that disproportionately affect the people or non-communicable diseases that closely intersect with such infectious diseases in the Global South

For more information, please refer here.

All application forms can be accessed through our website. You will be asked to register and create an account in our grant management system when you follow the link on the website.

A project lead may only be listed on one application to this request for proposals. An entity may, however, submit multiple applications, provided if each proposal is led by different project leads and addresses different public health needs.

No. Only proposals in English will be accepted.

The selection process consists of a Panel of Experts (POE) to identify and prioritize the most promising proposals before submission to a Selection Committee (SC). The SC will carry out in-depth reviews and discussions taking the POE’s comments into consideration followed by a recommendation to the Board of the Directors (BoD). The BoD of RIGHT Foundation will make all final funding decisions.

No. The RIGHT Foundation cannot accept any supplementary materials submitted with proposals other than soft copies of additional information requested in the proposal template.

At the completion of the evaluation and approval process, the RIGHT Foundation will inform successful applicants of its investment decision. The RIGHT Foundation reserves the right to abstain from providing formal feedback to applicants receiving a non-award decision.

The RIGHT Foundation restricts communications between current and potential awardees and Selection Committee members and requests they refrain from queries, concerns, and requests related to RIGHT Foundation and its processes. The RIGHT Foundation will coordinate all communications among the parties. This is required to ensure and enhance organizational transparency and fairness in the decision-making process.

Proposals that are not awarded funding may be resubmitted in future funding rounds. The resubmission allows the team to explain how your proposal or partnership has been strengthened since your last submission.

Each milestone should have exit point(s) used to decide whether the activities are completed and the next activities proceed.

Funding and Budget

The RIGHT Foundation applies stage-gate funding to its awards. Project and payout milestones are mutually agreed upon and set by both the RIGHT Foundation and applicant and finalized in the grant agreement.

For more information, please refer to the Ggrant Cost Guidance below.

Budgets should be submitted in Korean Won (KRW, ₩).

For PDA:  The maximum budget per project is set at 4 billion Korean won (KRW) for up to 36 months. You will be required to provide a plan to secure full funding to complete the project, including co-funding of at least 50% of total project costs in case of applicants consisting of at least one for-profit entity. The funding amount will be determined to be commensurate with the proposed activities.

  • For PDA: Because the RIGHT Foundation will only support up to 50% of the total project costs, you must provide a plan to secure full funding to complete the project. Co-funding requirement may be waived for applicant teams which are composed solely of academic institutions and/or non-profit organizations.

Every country has different requirements for accepting foreign money and some countries require formal approval. It is up to the awardees and their Institution to obtain any relevant approvals.

No. For PDA, The RIGHT Foundation does not provide support to individuals.

Indirect cost rates are subject to the following limitations:

  • Government Agencies, Other Private Foundations: 0%
  • Universities, Academic Institutes: 10%
  • Non-governmental organizations, Non-profit foundations, For-profit organizations: 15%

For more information, please refer to the Grant Cost Guidance.

In principle, VAT or GST should be excluded in the budget requested to RIGHT Foundation.

No, the RIGHT Foundation does not provide funding for setting up research facilities or capital equipment.



Partner roles and responsibilities as they relate to project activities should be defined by applicants and included in proposals.

It may not be a requirement for the funding decision but if a project requires certain partnership from the beginning or in the course of the project, such contractual agreements can be set as project milestones. The RIGHT Foundation reserves the right to retract our decision if full funding for the project can’t be secured before the start date of the project.

Intellectual Property

No. The RIGHT Foundation does not have the rights to file for intellectual property (IP) rights on the funded developments. The grantee retains these IP rights.

The RIGHT Foundation ensures that the results of the project are made available and accessible for the purpose of achieving Global Access commitments.

“Global Access” means (i) all information and knowledge gained from grants, projects or other investments funded by the RIGHT Foundation (collectively “Projects”) should be promptly and broadly disseminated; and (ii) products, data and other innovations resulting from Projects should be made available and accessible in terms of price, quantity, quality and timeframe so as to benefit our intended beneficiaries. Read more about the Global Access policy here.


Additional Questions

The RIGHT Foundation may elect to highlight and showcase the awardees’ studies in certain instances.

General questions regarding the application can be directed to (email subject header: RFP-Questions) or send a message through the grant management system with the same subject line.