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 amount for each Impact Project bid has been raised to HK$150,000 starting from the 2020/21 exercise, 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 (one-off basis)
The Interdisciplinary KE Project Fund Scheme was introduced as a one-off funding exercise in 2015/16. The Knowledge Exchange Office (KEO) has obtained $2M from the University in 2018/19 to conduct the exercise again. This one-off funding 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.