KIAS also operates programs of special research grants.Many of the Institute's members with outstanding research accomplishments are awarded special research grants by Korean Government through various funding agencies, such as National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF), and among them the prestigious grant of substantial size has led to the launch of special grant programs as follows:
- Following the enactment of 'Basic Science Research Promotion Act', the NRF has lauched the program called 'Basic Research in Science and Engineering.' Of various types of grants under this initiative, 'Support for Senior Researcher-Leap Research' is specifically designed to develop and cultivate scientific leaders in the field of basic sciences.
- The Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) is a global astronomical survey project begun at Apache Point Observatory in New Mexico, United States in 2000. This project was launched to create a detailed three-dimensional map of the Milky Way of 240,000 stars. The data from this survey is expected to reveal the age, composition and phase space distribution of stars within the various Galactic components, providing crucial clues for understanding the structure, formation and evolution of our Galaxy. Since 2007, KIAS representing the Korean Scientist Group (KSG) is a participating institution in this global project as an associate institutional member.
- Prof. Jun-Muk Hwang in the School of Mathematics was honored as a '2010 National Scientist' in recognition of his contribution to the advancement of mathematics in Korea through his international-caliber research. Such honor was presented with the special five-year grant from NRF, 'Support for Leading Researchers-National Scientist', which aims to lead the nation's scientific advancement by providing intensive support for prominent scientific leaders.