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Competitive Research Funding Schemes for the Local Self-financing Degree Sector

Fifth Call for Proposals

Background

In January 2012, the Government injected an amount of HK$3 billion into the Research Endowment Fund. The investment income1 from the HK$3 billion provides competitive research funding for the local self-financing degree sector to enhance academic and research development. The research funding provision for the self-financing degree sector is competitive and non-recurrent in nature, and aims at developing the research capacity of both the institutions and the faculty members.


Competitive Research Funding Schemes

2. Three funding schemes were launched in 2013 to provide funding for research activities performed in the local self-financing degree sector. Ambits of these schemes are elaborated below:

(i) The Faculty Development Scheme (FDS) aims to develop the research capability of individual academics so that they can transfer their research experiences and new knowledge into teaching and learning.

(ii) The Inter-Institutional Development Scheme (IIDS) is 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) The Institutional Development Scheme (IDS) aims to build up the research capacity of the local self-financing degree-awarding institutions in their strategic areas.

3. Collaboration, either within the local self-financing degree awarding institutions or between the local self-financing degree awarding institutions and the University Grant Committee (UGC) funded universities, is strongly encouraged. Collaboration may be in the form of research projects or sharing of research facilities supported by funds of the three funding schemes.

4. Operation framework of the three funding schemes can be downloaded here.


Eligibility

5. Full-time academic staff2 of the below listed institutions3 are eligible for submission of applications:

  • Caritas Institute of Higher Education
  • Centennial College
  • Chu Hai College of Higher Education
  • Gratia Christian College
  • Hang Seng Management College
  • HKCT Institute of Higher Education
  • Hong Kong Nang Yan College of Higher Education
  • Hong Kong Shue Yan University
  • School of Continuing Education, Hong Kong Baptist University
  • School of Professional Education and Executive Development, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Technological and Higher Education Institute (THEi) of Hong Kong
  • The Open University of Hong Kong
  • Tung Wah College

1 The funding available for the competitive research funding for the local self-financing degree sector depends on the investment return of the Research Endowment Fund.
2 Please refer to the application guidelines for the staff eligibility.
3 Institutions are listed in alphabetical order.


Application Procedures

6. Application should be made in the prescribed form for each funding scheme and must be submitted through the applicant's institution. The application forms, guidelines and RGC Code of Conduct can be downloaded from the RGC website: http://www.ugc.edu.hk//eng/rgc/funding_opport/funding_schemes/form.html.


Workshop on Application Procedures

7. A workshop on Application Procedures for the three SF Funding Schemes will be held to introduce the outline of the funding schemes, application guidelines and procedures, and answer enquiries from the potential applicants and institutions, detailed as below:

Date: 15 November 2017 (Wednesday)
Time: 7:15pm - 9:00pm
Venue: Lecture Theatre, Room WB, 4/F, West Block,
Education Bureau Kowloon Tong Education Service Centre,
119 Suffolk Road, Kowloon Tong, Kowloon
8. Please complete the enrolment form and submit it to the UGC Secretariat through the Research Coordinators.

 

Deadline for Application

9. All applications must be submitted to the UGC Secretariat by 5:00 pm on 1 March 2018 (Thursday).


Enquiries

10. All enquiries should be directed to the Research Coordinators of respective institutions in the first instance. Contact details are as follows:

Ms Louise LUK
Caritas Institute of Higher Education
18 Chui Ling Road, Tseung Kwan O, New Territories, Hong Kong

Tel: 3653 6666
Email: lluk@cihe.edu.hk

Ms Heidi HO
Centennial College
3 Wah Lam Path, Pokfulam, Hong Kong

Tel: 3762 6221
Email: heidi.wch.ho@centennialcollege.hku.hk

Mr LEUNG Ka-yan
Chu Hai College of Higher Education
80 Castle Peak Road, Castle Peak Bay, Tuen Mun, New Territories, Hong Kong

Tel: 2972 7289
Email: kyleung@chuhai.edu.hk
Ms Connie LEUNG Hong-yee
Gratia Christian College
5 Wai Chi Street, Shek Kip Mei, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: 5804 4149
Email: connieleung@gratia.edu.hk
Miss Ritz HO
Hang Seng Management College
Hang Shin Link, Siu Lek Yuen, Shatin, New Territories, Hong Kong
Tel: 3963 5127
Email: ritzho@hsmc.edu.hk
Ms Rebecca WANG Jin
HKCT Institute of Higher Education
3/F, HKCT Jockey Club Undergraduate Campus, 2 On Shing Street, Ma On Shan, Shatin, N.T., Hong Kong
Tel: 2265 6971
Email: rebeccawang@ctihe.edu.hk
Prof SIN Chow-yiu
Hong Kong Nang Yan College of Higher Education
325-329 Lai Chi Kok Road, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: 3996 1018
Email: cysin@ny.edu.hk
Ms Cecilia YU
Hong Kong Shue Yan University
10 Wai Tsui Crescent, Braemar Hill Road, North Point, Hong Kong
Tel: 2806 5188
Email: klyu@hksyu.edu

Ms Annabelle LEE
School of Continuing Education
Hong Kong Baptist University
2/F, Franki Centre, 320 Junction Road, Kowloon Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Tel: 3411 3007
Email: annabell@hkbu.edu.hk

Ms Sarah TANG
School of Professional Education and Executive Development (SPEED)
Room QR802, 8/F, Core R
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Tel: 3746 0055
Email: spsarah@speed-polyu.edu.hk

Dr Tracy KWAN
Technological and Higher Education Institute (THEi) of Hong Kong
20A Tsing Yi Road, Tsing Yi Island, New Territories, Hong Kong

Tel: 2176 1595
Email: ttckwan@vtc.edu.hk

Ms Candy LEUNG Ching
The Open University of Hong Kong
30 Good Shepherd Street, Ho Man Tin, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Tel: 2768 6251
Email: chileung@ouhk.edu.hk

Dr Bernice CHEUK
Tung Wah College
31 Wylie Road, Homantin, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Tel: 3190 6686
Email: jordancheung@twc.edu.hk

11. Staff members of the UGC Secretariat for enquiries:

Ms Connie Yuen
Senior Research Administrator (4)
Tel: 2844 9956
Email: cyuen@ugc.edu.hk

Miss Grace Kwok
Research Administrator (4)
Tel: 2844 9976
Email: gkwok@ugc.edu.hk

UGC Secretariat
November 2017