Staff KE Project Funding
Yearly KE Funding Scheme for Impact Projects
The Knowledge Exchange (KE) Funding Scheme for Impact Projects aims to support staff members to undertake the following:
(A) Projects that have the potential to create social, economic, environmental or cultural impacts for industry, business or the community by building on expertise or knowledge in the University. Engagement projects that aim to benefit non-academic communities beyond Hong Kong are strongly encouraged.
(B) Projects designed to collect evidence for corroboration and evaluation of impacts arising from a research project or KE project, which is normally expected to have been completed, irrespective of the fund sources for that research project or KE project.
Proposed projects may be technology-based or non-technology-related. Joint proposals for interdisciplinary, collaborative KE projects among Faculties or between Faculties and non-Faculty-based units are strongly encouraged. Staff members are also strongly encouraged to explore external partnership opportunities and develop their proposals with external partners before submission.
The maximum bid for each project is HK$100,000, and proposals are considered on a competitive basis. Applications are invited once a year, normally around March with a deadline in early June. Announcements will be made through the eNotices System. Proposals of faculty members should be submitted via the Faculty KE units, which may set an earlier Faculty deadline. All approved KE projects should be completed within the funding year.
- Knowledge Exchange Funding Exercise 2016/17: General Guidelines for Impact Project Proposal (HKU Portal login required)
- Template for Impact Project Proposal 2016/17 (HKU Portal login required)
- General Guidelines for Assessment of Faculty Capacity Building and Impact Project Proposal (HKU Portal login required)
The list of projects supported under the KE Impact Project Grant Scheme in previous exercises:
Interdisciplinary KE Project Fund in 2015/16 (one-off basis)
With an additional allocation of $1.5M from the University at the end of the 2012-15 triennium, a one-off funding exercise was conducted to encourage interdisciplinarity in KE. The Interdisciplinary KE Project Fund aims to facilitate interdisciplinary KE projects that have the potential to create social, economic, environmental or cultural impacts for industry, business or the community by building on interdisciplinary research in the University, with priority to be given to cross-Faculty collaboration. Each project should last for no more than 2 years. The maximum bid for each project is HK$200,000. Of the 21 proposals received, 9 were supported.
- General Guidelines for Interdisciplinary KE Project Fund (HKU Portal login required)
- List of Projects Supported under Interdisciplinary KE Project Fund in 2015/16
Student KE Project Grant
The Student Knowledge Exchange (KE) Project Grant Scheme was introduced in 2011/12 under the KE Funding Exercise with the following aims:
(a) To promote a student culture of contributing to society through applying their knowledge gained at HKU;
(b) To nurture the spirit of innovation among students; and
(c) To promote the development of engagement projects between students of the University and external organizations.
To streamline the support for students to engage in community projects, the Student KE Project Grant Scheme has been subsumed under the SERVICE 100 Fund administered by the Centre of Development and Resources for Students (CEDARS) since January 2014.The student KE project grants may support the following types of projects initiated by students:
(a) Non-credit-bearing community engagement projects with KE elements;
(b) Not-for-profit student start-ups that are non-technology-based.
The Student KE Project Grant Scheme is open to all currently enrolled full-time students of the University, including undergraduate (UG), research postgraduate (RPg) and taught postgraduate (TPg) students. CEDARS normally calls for applications two to three times a year. Each project should have a Faculty mentor to supervise the design and implementation of the project, assist students in finding a partner organization for their project, monitor the progress of the project if it is funded to ensure it is running to schedule, and help students address any obstacles that may arise before its completion.
The proposed project should enable the students to apply their knowledge gained at HKU to benefit a non-academic sector or society at large. For non-credit-bearing community engagement projects with KE elements, the proposed project must have the support of a non-academic partner organization outside the University.
For more information, please download the checklist and FAQ.
The list of projects supported under the Student KE Project Grant Scheme in previous exercises: