The Health and Medical Research Fund (HMRF) administered by the Food and Health Bureau opened for applications for investigator-initiated research projects today (December 19).
The HMRF aims to build research capacity and to encourage, facilitate and support health and medical research to inform health policies, improve population health, strengthen the health system, enhance healthcare practices, advance standards and quality of care, and promote clinical excellence, through generation and application of evidence-based scientific knowledge derived from local research in health and medicine. Applications shall address research areas under the following themes:
(a) public health, human health and health services, and Chinese medicine;
(b) prevention, treatment and control of infectious diseases, in particular emerging and reemerging infectious diseases; and
(c) advanced medical research in specific areas, including paediatrics, neuroscience, clinical genetics and clinical trials.
Locally based academics, researchers and healthcare practitioners from the public and private sectors are eligible to apply. Collaborative research with non-local institutions is also encouraged.