In the Chief
Executives Policy Address 2005, it stated that the government
would continue to reinforce the policy research capability, and
would allocate an amount of $20 million from the Central Policy
Unit (CPU) to the RGC annually for three consecutive years, i.e.
from 2005-06 to 2007-08 financial years, to encourage public policy
research in Hong Kongs higher education institutions, and
to draw wider and quality expertise in the formulation of new policies.
new scheme for Public Policy Research will be held on a half-yearly
basis. A broad definition of public policy research
is adopted to cover academic research that will have explicit policy
implications on public policy development in Hong Kong. Duration
of the research projects should normally range from six months to
a maximum of three years.
deadline of the first round exercise was June 2005. It has attracted
73 applications. The funding result will be announced in end December
tentative dates for invitation and close of the second round of
applications will be August 2005 and November 2005 respectively,
and the funding result will be announced in end June 2006, in parallel
with other CERG applications.