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Funding for Staff

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.

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.