Research Matching Grant Scheme Opens for Application with effect from 1 August 2019

The Government has earmarked $3 billion as matching grants under the Research Matching Grant Scheme (Research MGS) designated for research-related purposes with no restriction on any academic discipline. The Research MGS will be open for applications throughout a period of three years from 1 August 2019 to 31 July 2022 by local degree-awarding institutions (including UGC-funded universities as well as self-financing institutions) listed at Annex below.

Donations / research funding from non-government / non-public sectors (regardless whether they are from Hong Kong or non-local funding sources) as received by local degree-awarding institutions listed at Annex below will be eligible for matching grants under the Research MGS.

The operation guide together with a set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) have been uploaded onto the UGC website ( for reference. Applicant universities / institutions are advised to read the application details as set out in the operation guide carefully before completing the application forms.


Application Details

Applications should be submitted via email to, with a set of duly signed hard copies delivered to:

Assistant Secretary-General (Research) Special Duties 1
University Grants Committee Secretariat
7/F., Shui On Centre
6 – 8 Harbour Road
Hong Kong


Point(s) to Note

The Research MGS is a separate scheme from the Eighth Matching Grant Scheme (MGS). If the donation(s) / research grant(s) / research contract(s) concerned receive(s) matching grant under the Eighth MGS, the donation(s) / research grant(s) / research contract(s) concerned will not receive matching grant under the Research MGS.



For enquiries about the application procedures or other aspects of the Research MGS, please feel free to contact the UGC Secretariat via email:




List of universities/institutions covered
by the Research Matching Grant Scheme

UGC-funded universities (including their self-financing arms/units)

    1. City University of Hong Kong

    2. Hong Kong Baptist University

    3. Lingnan University

    4. The Chinese University of Hong Kong

    5. The Education University of Hong Kong

    6. The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

    7. The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

    8. The University of Hong Kong

Local self-financing degree-awarding institutions

    9. Caritas Institute of Higher Education

    10. Centennial College

    11. Chu Hai College of Higher Education

    12. Gratia Christian College

    13. HKCT Institute of Higher Education

    14. Hong Kong Nang Yan College of Higher Education

    15. Hong Kong Shue Yan University

    16. Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong

    17. The Hang Seng University of Hong Kong

    18. The Open University of Hong Kong

    19. Tung Wah College

    20. UOW College Hong Kong

    21. Yew Chung College of Early Childhood Education

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