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    External R&D Funding

    OUHK staff may seek funding for their R&D projects from external bodies. For example, the following are possible funding sources:

    ‌ Construction Industry Council (CIC) Research and Technology Development Fund
      The CIC Research and Technology Development Fund provides financial support for research projects which can benefit the Hong Kong construction industry through practical application of the research outcomes, covering the areas of (i) construction safety and health; (ii) construction productivity; (iii) environment and sustainability; (iv) construction procurement; and (v) Building Information Modelling (BIM).
    Environmental and Conservation Fund
      The objectives of the Environmental and Conservation Fund (ECF) are to promote individual behavioural and life style changes to achieve sustainable development, and develop or introduce innovative technologies and practices to improve our environment and conserve resources. The key funding schemes are Community Waste Reduction, Environmental Education and Community Action and Environmental Research, Technology Demonstration and Conference.
    ‌  Health and Medical Research Fund (HMRF)
      The Health and Medical Research Fund aims to build research capacity and to encourage, facilitate and support health and medical research to inform health policies, improve population health, strengthen the health system, enhance healthcare practices, advance standard and quality of care and promote clinical excellence, through generation and application of evidence-based scientific knowledge derived from local research in health and medicine. It also includes the Health Care and Promotion Scheme (HCPS) to provide funding support to evidence-based health promotion projects that help people adopt healthier lifestyles by enhancing awareness, changing adverse health behaviours or creating a conducive environment that supports good health practices.
    ‌  Hong Kong Arts Development Council (HKADC)
      The project grant of the HKADC is open to all arts practitioners and organisations. Its support covers a wide range of activities including performances, exhibitions, publications, education programmes, creation, critical reviews and archival work.
    ‌  Innovation and Technology Fund (ITF)
      The Innovation and Technology Fund aims to increase the added value, productivity and competitiveness of Hong Kong economic activities. Through the ITF, Hong Kong companies could be encouraged and assisted to upgrade their technological level and introduce innovative ideas to their businesses. There are different programmes under the ITF, part of them focus on research and development taken part by universities and local research institutions.
    ‌  Innovation and Technology Fund for Better Living (FBL)
      The Innovation and Technology Fund for Better Living is a scheme for funding innovation and technology projects which will make people’s daily living more convenient, comfortable and safer, or address the needs of specific community groups. Projects should be able to benefit the public at large or specific groups, be in line with government policies, and involve the innovative application of technologies. Project themes include daily living, education, environment, health, safety, transport, etc. which can benefit the community.
    ‌  Public Policy Research (PPR) Funding Scheme and Strategic Public Policy Research (SPPR) Funding Scheme
      The Public Policy Research Funding Scheme, together with the Strategic Public Policy Research Funding Scheme, aim to promote public policy research and evidence-based research to facilitate public policy discussion. There are seven major themes for the PPR Funding Scheme, namely (i) land and housing; (ii) poverty and ageing/retirement protection; (iii) political development and governance; (iv) external economy; (v) social issues; (vi) economic development; and (vii) environmental protection with 21 indicative research areas. Applicants may also submit their own research areas for consideration by the Assessment Panel. Specifically, the SPPR Funding Scheme aims to support longer-term public policy research on strategic themes, build up research capacity, and facilitate collaboration among institutions/think tanks on the strategic themes.
    ‌  Quality Education Fund (QEF)
      The Quality Education Fund provides a channel for worthwhile projects from the school education sector to be funded. It mainly caters for non-profit making initiatives within the ambit of basic education, i.e. kindergarten, primary, secondary and special education. The QEF funds a wide range of projects that promote quality education in schools. Funding is mainly directed, but not restricted, to the following categories of projects: (i) promoting effective learning; (ii) promoting all-round education; (iii) implementing school-based management; (iv) exploring education issues; and (v) application of information technology.
    ‌  Research Grants Council (RGC)
      The RGC provides research funding for the local self-financing degree sector to develop the research capacity of both the institutions and the faculty members. The relevant funding schemes include:
         (i) Faculty Development Scheme (FDS) — to develop the research capability of individual academics so that they can transfer their research experiences and new knowledge into teaching and learning.
         (ii) Inter-Institutional Development Scheme (IIDS) — to enhance academics’ research capability and to keep them abreast of new developments and challenging research topics in relevant fields through the organisation of workshops or short courses on an institutional or joint-institutional basis.
         (iii) Institutional Development Scheme (IDS) Research Infrastructure Grant — to build up the research capacity of the local self-financing degree-awarding institutions in their strategic area.
         (iv) Institutional Development Scheme (IDS) Collaborative Research Grant — to encourage collaborative research within / among institutions.
    ‌  Research and Development Projects of Standing Committee on Language Education and Research (SCOLAR)
      The vision of SCOLAR is to enable the people of Hong Kong, in particular, students and the workforce, to be bi-literate and tri-lingual for better learning and better life. Its ‘Research and Development Projects’ aims at generating new knowledge or filling gaps for pedagogical applications and supporting the implementation of various initiatives on language learning and teaching in local schools.
    ‌  Small Research Grant Scheme (SRGS) of the Federation for Self-financing Tertiary Education (FSTE)
      The Small Research Grant Scheme of FSTE aims at supporting eligible individuals, or groups of individuals to conduct research closely linked to the issues faced by the sector and for the professional growth of practitioners and scholars of the sector. Specifically, the Scheme aims to (i) inform practice in the areas of teaching and learning especially in the aspects of discovery, integration, teaching, and application; (ii) offer direct support to aspiring individuals in the sector engaging in innovative research and scholarship in related areas; (iii) assist institutions to build up their own research capability; and (iv) contribute to the research culture of the sector by building up links with partner organizations to foster research collaboration and academic exchanges. Applied research and action research are strongly encouraged.
    ‌  2020年度國家自然科學基金委員會與香港研究資助局聯合科研資助基金專案


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    Modified Date: Nov 12, 2020

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