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

Seventh Call for Proposals

Background

The research funding for the local self-financing degree sector is competitive in nature and aims at developing the research capacity of the institutions and the faculty members.


Competitive Research Funding Schemes

Three funding schemes, namely Faculty Development Scheme (FDS), Inter-Institutional Development Scheme (IIDS) and Institutional Development Scheme (IDS), were launched in 2013 to provide funding for research activities performed in the local self-financing degree sector. Starting from the 2019/20 exercise (Sixth Round), the IDS is branched out into two grants, namely the "Research Infrastructure Grant" and the "Collaborative Research Grant". 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 (i.e. Research Infrastructure Grant) and encourage collaborative research within / among institutions (i.e. Collaborative Research Grant).

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

To provide research training opportunity to undergraduate students, applicants are encouraged to involve undergraduate students in their research projects and apply for the related allowance in the applications.

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


Eligibility

Full-time academic staff1 engaged by the below listed institutions2 are eligible for submission of applications to the Seventh Round exercise:

  • Caritas Institute of Higher Education
  • Centennial College
  • Chu Hai College of Higher Education
  • Gratia Christian 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 Hang Seng University of Hong Kong
  • The Open University of Hong Kong
  • Tung Wah College
  • UOW College of Hong Kong
  • Yew Chung College of Early Childhood Education

1 Please refer to the application guidelines for the staff eligibility.
2 Institutions are listed in alphabetical order.


Application Procedures

Application should be made in the prescribed form for the corresponding funding scheme and must be submitted through the applicant's affiliated institution. The related application forms and guidelines can be downloaded from the RGC website at https://www.ugc.edu.hk/eng/rgc/funding_opport/funding_schemes.html.


Deadline for Application

All applications must be submitted to the UGC Secretariat by 5:00 pm on 2 March 2020 (Monday).


Enquiries

For enquiries regarding the three funding schemes and the application procedures, please approach the Research Coordinators of respective institutions in the first instance. Contact details are as follows:

Ms Janice LUK
Caritas Institute of Higher Education
2 Chui Ling Lane, Tseung Kwan O,
New Territories, Hong Kong

Tel: 3702 4361
Email: jluk@cihe.edu.hk

Ms Teresa TSAI
Centennial College
3 Wah Lam Path, Pokfulam, Hong Kong

Tel: 3762 6216
Email: teresa.tsai@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 Elisa AU Chui-wa
Gratia Christian College
5 Wai Chi Street, Shek Kip Mei, Kowloon,
Hong Kong

Tel: 2319 6910
Email: elisaau@gratia.edu.hk

Dr CHUNG Wai-keung
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 3843
Email: wkchung@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 WONG Po-lam
Hong Kong Shue Yan University
10 Wai Tsui Crescent, Braemar Hill Road,
North Point, Hong Kong

Tel: 2806 5188
Email: plwong@hksyu.edu

Dr Sam LAU
School of Continuing Education
Hong Kong Baptist University
2/F, Franki Centre, 320 Junction Road,
Kowloon Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Tel: 3411 3027
Email: samlau@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
133 Shing Tai Road, Chai Wan, Hong Kong

Tel: 3890 8090
Email: ttckwan@vtc.edu.hk

Miss Ritz HO
The Hang Seng University of Hong Kong
Hang Shin Link, Siu Lek Yuen, Shatin,

Tel: 3963 5127
Email: ritzho@hsu.edu.hk

Ms Candy LEUNG
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 David WONG
Tung Wah College
18/F, 31 Wylie Road, Homantin, Kowloon,
Hong Kong

Tel: 3190 6722
Email: davidwong@twc.edu.hk

Prof Geoffrey BLOWERS
UOW College Hong Kong
6/F, Li Dak Sum Yip Yio Chin Academic Building,
City University of Hong Kong
Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong

Tel: 3442 9782
Email: gblowers@cityu.edu.hk

Prof Soyoun BAE
Yew Chung College of Early Childhood Education
2 Tin Wan Hill Road, Tin Wan
Aberdeen, Hong Kong

Tel: 3977 9865
Email: soyoun.bae@yccece.edu.hk

Staff members of the UGC Secretariat for enquiries:

Miss Karen LEE

Senior Research Administrator (4)
Tel: 2844 9956 Email: klee@ugc.edu.hk

Miss Grace KWOK

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

UGC Secretariat
November 2019