Inter-Institutional Development Scheme (IIDS)

Fifth Call for Proposals


  • To enhance academics' research capability in the local self-financing degree-awarding institutions and keep them abreast of new developments and challenging research topics in relevant fields.


  • Principal Investigators (PIs) / Co-Principal Investigators (Co-PIs) from collaborating local self-financing degree-awarding institutions - Full-time academic staff spending at least 80% of time in locally-accredited local degree or higher degree work in the local self-financing degree-awarding institutions with at least a one-year renewable contract with the institutions at the time of funding award being made.

    Operation Mode:

  • Applications would be submitted by a PI from an institution or with Co-PIs jointly from collaborating institutions to organize such workshops or short courses, which could be for duration of several days to three weeks. The proposed activity should serve the purpose of enabling participants to conduct focused study and intensive scholarly exchange under the guidance of visiting scholars and experts. Participation must be open to other local self-financing degree-awarding institutions, and preferably to all institutions in Hong Kong.

  • Each applicant will be allowed to submit one application under the IIDS in the capacity of PI at the same time.

  • Each application should be a single integrated proposal indicating clearly the PI / Co-PIs and the participating institutions, with a single budget with allocations of funding, if necessary, to one or among each of the participating institutions.

  • There is no quota for applications in each exercise from an institution in the IIDS.

  • A list of potential speakers instead of one single potential speaker can be included in the application form for each proposed presentation.

    Expected Deliverables:

  • Completion reports.

    Funding Level:

  • Direct costs involved in organizing the workshops or short courses. Virement among items under Direct Cost without RGC's prior approval is not allowed.

  • On-costs of 15% of the approved costs.

  • There is no funding threshold or ceiling for the approved IIDS projects. The approved funding will be subject to the justification of the proposal.

    Assessment Criteria:

  • Assessment criteria would include intellectual merit, relevance to education programmes ongoing or under active development, size of interested participants, institutional support, etc.

  • A peer-review mechanism would be adopted, including formation of an assessment panel and solicitation of local and external reviewers as necessary.

  • PIs are required to submit completion report for monitoring purposes.

  • Site visits will be conducted by the Monitoring and Assessment Panel to inspect the achievements made.