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    External R&D Funding


    OUHK staff may seek funding from other external bodies for their R&D projects. All funding applications should have been approved by the University before they are submitted to any external bodies. Guidelines and related documents are as follows:

    Guidelines on Research Projects with External Funding Obtained Through Contracts with or Donations from External Parties
        Appendix I   Assessment Criteria for Research Projects with Non-RGC External Funding
        Appendix II   Flowchart of Handling Procedures for Research Proposals of Non-RGC External Funding Obtained Through Contracts with or Donations from External Parties
        Appendix III   Necessary Contents of a Contract for a Research Project with External Funding
        Appendix IV   Proposal Review Form
        Appendix V   Endorsement by Dean/Director: Research Proposal to Apply for Non-RGC External Funding
        Appendix VI   Endorsement by Dean/Director: Participating in a Research Project Led by an Organization to Apply for Non-RGC External Funding
        Appendix VII   Progress Report Form for Research Project Obtained through Contract with or Donation from External Party
        Appendix VIII  Completion Report Form for Research Project Obtained through Contract with or Donation from External Party
     
    Guidelines on Research Projects with Non-RGC External Funding Obtained Through Submission of Applications / Research Proposals
        Appendix I   Assessment Criteria for Research Projects with Non-RGC External Funding
        Appendix II   Flowchart of Handling Procedures for Research Proposals of Non-RGC External Funding Obtained Through Submission of Applications / Research Proposals
        Appendix III   Proposal Review Form
        Appendix IV   Endorsement by Dean/Director: Research Proposal to Apply for Non-RGC External Funding
        Appendix V   Endorsement by Dean/Director: Participating in a Research Project Led by an Organization to Apply for Non-RGC External Funding


    The following are possible funding sources:

    Beat Drugs Fund
      The Beat Drugs Fund aims to promote and support worthwhile anti-drug projects which can help address the problem of drug abuse, particularly amongst the young, and to promote community-wide efforts and programmes against drug abuse in Hong Kong.
      Call for applications*: once a year, usually in August
         
    Countryside Conservation Funding Scheme (CCFS)
      The CCFS is dedicated to support sustainable and holistic conservation efforts in Hong Kong’s rural countryside, covering a wide spectrum of areas on different levels ranging from the natural environment / habitats, non-graded built heritage to cultural and historic assets, etc.
      Call for applications*: all year round with two cutoff dates, usually in April and October
         
    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).
      Call for applications*: once a year
         
    Environmental and Conservation Fund (ECF)
      The objectives of the 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.
      Call for applications*: once a year, usually in June for Environmental RTDC; twice a year for Community Waste Reduction / EE&CA projects
         
    Funding Programme of Research Projects on Equal Opportunities
      This funding programme encourages innovative research projects working towards the elimination of discrimination falling within the scope of the four anti-discrimination ordinances and promoting the principles of these ordinances.
      Call for applications*: every 3 to 4 years
         
    Green Tech Fund (GTF)
      The GTF was set up by the Government to provide better and more focused funding support for the R&D and application of decarbonisation and green technologies, so as to expedite low-carbon transformation and enhance environmental protection in Hong Kong.
      Call for applications*: twice a year
         
      Health and Medical Research Fund (HMRF)
      The HMRF 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.
      Call for applications*: once a year, usually in December
         
      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.
      Call for applications*: all year round with two cutoff dates, usually in June and December
         
    Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) Funding Scheme
      The objective of the ICH Funding Scheme is to support citizens and organisations in Hong Kong in carrying out projects with a view to achieving the following aims: 1) to strengthen the safeguarding, research, education, promotion and transmission of local ICH items; 2) to support the transmission of ICH by local bearers and bearer organisations; 3) to engage the community's participation in safeguarding ICH; and 4) to enhance public awareness and understanding of ICH and boost their respect for ICH.
      Call for applications*: once a year for partnership projects / community-driven projects
         
      Innovation and Technology Fund (ITF)
      The ITF 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.
      Call for applications*: once a year
         
      Innovation and Technology Fund for Better Living (FBL)
      The FBL 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.
      Call for applications*: all year round
         
    Marine Conservation Enhancement Fund (MCEF) and Fisheries Enhancement Fund (FEF)
      The MCEF and FEF are established by Castle Peak Power Company Limited, The Hongkong Electric Company, Limited and Hong Kong LNG Terminal Limited. The MCEF covers the areas of marine conservation; habitat restoration and rehabilitation; as well as education and ecotourism. The FEF covers the areas of fisheries resources enhancement; sustainable development of the fishing industry; and fisheries-related education and tourism.
      Call for applications*: twice a year, usually in March and October
         
    Ocean Park Conservation Fund
      The Ocean Park Conservation Foundation Hong Kong solicits projects on threatened wildlife in Asia, particularly on the Foundation’s focal species, the giant panda and the Chinese white dolphin, as well as other threatened wildlife and their habitats throughout Asia. Study outcomes must contribute to successful conservation and could entail the development of conservation action plans and/or social science-based conservation programmes.
      Call for applications*: once a year, usually in December
         
    Professional Development Fund of the Association of Hong Kong Nursing Staff
      The professional development fund aims to promote and support (a) the development of nursing academic activities, research and clinical development; (b) the activities for nursing development; (c) the nursing education activities to facilitate exchanges and (d) the community education activities to promote public health.
      Call for applications*: twice a year, usually in April and October
         
      Public Policy Research (PPR) Funding Scheme and Strategic Public Policy Research (SPPR) Funding Scheme
      The PPR Funding Scheme, together with the SPPResearch 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) economic development; (iii) livelihood issues; (iv) application of innovation and technology; (v) youth development; (vi) environmental protection; and (vii) political development and governance 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.
      Call for applications*: all year round for PPR, once a year and normally in the second quarter of the year for SPPR
         
      Quality Education Fund (QEF)
      The QEF 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.
      Call for applications*: all year round
         
      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.
      Call for applications*: every 3 years
         
    ‌  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.
      Call for applications*: once a year, usually in early November
         
    S K Yee Medical Foundation
      This charitable trust was established by the late General S.K. Yee in November 1983. Applications are invited from registered institutions and associations for support of projects which meet any of the following objectives: 1) to establish medical services for the poor and sick and provide equipment and apparatus for such services; 2) to provide medical education; 3) to acquire and/or construct maintain and/or alter any buildings or works necessary or convenient for the above-mentioned objectives or any of them; and 4) to assist, promote, establish, contribute, manage, control or support any charitable institutions or associations providing medical services for the poor and sick.
      Call for applications*: once a year, usually in December
         
    The Lord Wilson Heritage Trust
      The Trust provides funding support to heritage-related projects and activities for the promotion of the objectives of the Trust to preserve and conserve the human heritage of Hong Kong.
      Call for applications*: once a year, usually in July
         
      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
      本自然科學領域的研究計劃項目,重點資助領域為資訊科學、生物科學、新材料科學、海洋與環境科學、醫學科學、管理科學。資助必須由中國內地和香港地區科研人員聯合提出。
      Call for applications*: once a year
         
      * This is according to previous calls for applications and the information available of the relevant funding bodies. Kindly note that the dates are subject to change by the relevant funding bodies without prior notice. Please visit the website of the funding for the most updated information or contact RO if you need any assistance.

     
     
     

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    Modified Date: Dec 21, 2020



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