TAMIU Professor Secures
Research Funding 
from South Korea

Young Jun Kim
Dr. Young Jun Kim received a $40,000 grant.

Texas A&M International University faculty member, Dr. Young Jun Kim was awarded a $40,000 grant for research from the Korea Institute of Science and Technology Evaluation and Planning (KISTEP), a prestigious science funding agency in March 2011.

Dr. Kim, assistant professor of Economics for the University’s A. R. Sanchez, Jr. School of Business, is conducting a review of research and development funding activities by the United States and the World Bank, including identifying the most effective and efficient decision-making tools employed.

Dr. Kim is working with a team of Sanchez School of Business researchers including colleagues Drs. George Clarke, Anand Jha, Sid Shakar, and Leonel Prieto, to specifically research how feasibility tests for funding decisions were conducted in the past, as well as current research and development projects funded by the U.S. and the World Bank.

The Korean government annually allocates sizable research and development budgets. KISTEP is keenly interested in using feasibility analysis as a decision-making tool that could help to objectively and rationally uncover program weaknesses, strengths, opportunities and threats presented by the environment or resources required, and prospects for success.

Kim joined TAMIU in 2008. He holds his Ph.D. in Economics from The George Washington University, a BA in Economics from Columbia University and a BBA from Korea University, Seoul.

This is the second KISTEP grant award received by Kim. The group funded his research on U.S. and Mexican businesses involved in sustainable green technology policy in 2010.

For more information, contact Anne Frey, TAMIU associate director, Grant Resources, at 956.326.3024, e-mail afrey@tamiu.edu or visit offices in the Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library, room 326.

For additional information on KISTEP, click on http://www.kistep.re.kr/ksp/eng/main/main.jsp

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