NST supports and promotes 25 government-funded research institutes in the fields of science and technology.
The budget of NST and GRIs is composed of government contribution and self-revenue. A total budget of 4 trillion and 600 billion won consists of government investments (43%)and self-revenue (57%).
The government makes financial investments to the private sector on the basis of laws and regulations without any benefit in return if deemed
difficult for the government to execute directly or more effective that the private sector takes care of projects by proxy.