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Programme Xu Guangqi 2018

The goal of the Xu Guangqi programme is to develop collaborations between Chinese and French researchers working in laboratories affiliated to universities, research organisations or companies of both countries by supporting them in their initial phase of launching and development. Mobility of young researchers within the collaborations is particularly appreciated. All disciplinary fields are eligible, including Human and Social Sciences.

Nature Conservation Management Agreement Projects

The Environment and Conservation Fund Committee is calling for applications for Nature Conservation Management Agreement Projects from 25 September to 6 November 2017. Applications to Nature Conservation Management Agreement Projects must contribute to enhancing the conservation of the sites concerned through management agreements between non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and landowners or tenants. Under these agreements, NGOs may provide landowners or tenants with financial incentives in exchange for management rights over their land or their cooperation in enhancing conservation of the priority sites, country park enclaves or private land in country parks.

Nano and Advanced Materials Institute (NAMI) Limited

The Hong Kong R&D Centre for Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials, sponsored by the Innovation and Technology Commission (ITC) of the Hong Kong SAR Government and hosted by the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), is incorporated as a not-for-profit company in Hong Kong called Nano and Advanced Materials Institute (NAMI) Limited. Applications should fall in one of the five technical areas: 1) Nanomaterials : Functionalisation & Applications, 2)•Nanotechnology-enabled Nano Opto-electronics, 3) Nano-structured/textured Material Applications, 4) Advanced materials for electronic packaging and other application, and 5) Forming of Advanced Materials

Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme

Established in 2009 by the Research Grants Council (RGC), the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS) aims at attracting the best and brightest students in the world to pursue their PhD programmes in Hong Kong's institutions. Those who are seeking admission as new full time PhD students in Hong Kong institutions funded by the University Grants Committee (UGC), irrespective of their country of origin, prior work experience and ethnic background, should be eligible to apply. Applicants should demonstrate outstanding qualities of academic performance, research ability / potential, communication and interpersonal skills, and leadership abilities. The Fellowship provides an annual stipend of HK$240,000 (approximately US$30,000) and a conference and research-related travel allowance of HK$10,000 (approximately US$1,300) per year to each awardee for a period of up to three years. More than 230 PhD Fellowships will be awarded in the 2018/19 academic year.

Newton Fund UK-China Agritech Challenge 2017

Innovate UK and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) are investing up to £8 million (£4 million each) in projects that use cutting-edge technologies to solve agricultural challenges in China. The aim of this competition is to encourage innovative partnerships between the UK and China. Innovate UK, BBSRC and the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) are funding this competition as part of the Newton Fund. Projects should address challenges related to agricultural technologies in one or more of these three sectors, 1) precision agriculture, agriculture digitisation and decision management tools, 2) improving the efficiency of sustainable agricultural production and 3) agricultural products processing.

Innovation and Technology Support Programme (ITSP)

ITSP supports midstream/downstream research and development (R&D) projects undertaken mainly by universities, R&D Centres, industry support organisations, professional bodies and trade and industry associations. ITSP invites applications for funding every six months or so. The Government adopts a three-tier funding framework for ITSP under the ITF. Tier 2 involves the funding of applied R&D projects which are industry-oriented and have potential for commercialisation. Tier 3 involves the funding of exploratory and forward-looking projects. The first round of funding applications for 2016 under Tier 2 and Tier 3 of the Innovation and Technology Support Programme (ITSP) is now open to application.