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

Sixth Call for Proposals

Background

The investment income1 of HK$3 billion of the Research Endowment Fund provides competitive and non-recurrent research funding for the local self-financing degree sector to develop the research capacity of both 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. After a comprehensive review in 2018, the Research Grants Council (RGC) decided to expand the scope of the IDS and to branch out the scheme into two grants, i.e. 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)

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 staff2 of the below listed institutions3 are eligible for submission of applications to the Sixth 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
  • Yew Chung College of Early Childhood Education

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

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 here from the RGC website at https://www.ugc.edu.hk/eng/rgc/funding_opport/funding_schemes.html.

As a starting point to establish the researcher database in Hong Kong, applicants are required to provide a valid Open Researcher and Contributor ID identifier (ORCID iD) starting from the 2019/20 exercise.


Workshop on Application Procedures

A workshop on Application Procedures for the three 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: 16 November 2018 (Friday)
Time: 8:30pm - 10:00pm
Venue: Lecture Theatre WK-N203, 2/F, North Tower, PolyU West Kowloon Campus, 9 Hoi Ting Road, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon

- pdf file Workshop Rundown


Deadline for Application

All applications must be submitted to the UGC Secretariat by 5:00 pm on 1 March 2019 (Friday).


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 Kammy WONG
Centennial College
3 Wah Lam Path, Pokfulam, Hong Kong

Tel: 3762 6145
Email: kammy.wong@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

Mr Raymond YEUNG
Gratia Christian College
5 Wai Chi Street, Shek Kip Mei, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Tel: 5804 4140
Email: raymondyeung@gratia.edu.hk

Ms Christine CHAN
HKCT Institute of Higher Education
3/F, HKCT Jockey Club Undergraduate Campus, 2 On Shing Street, Ma On Shan, Shatin, New Territories, Hong Kong

Tel: 2265 6976
Email: christinechan@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
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, New Territories, Hong Kong

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

Tel: 3190 6686
Email: bernicecheuk@twc.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 member of the UGC Secretariat for enquiries:

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

UGC Secretariat
November 2018