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Investigator- initiated Research Projects

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.

Invitation for Applications of NAMI 26th to 31st Round Call-for-Proposals

Applications will fall under four R&D programme areas:
1. Platform Research Programme - Projects are primarily aimed to benefit the industry or a certain sector of industry in a general manner. Applications are open to universities, institutions, trade and industry associations. This programme requires support from at least ONE industry sponsor who should make a total cash contribution of at least 10% of the total project cost.
2. Collaborative Research Programme - Projects designed for those companies that aim to further develop a specific product but require research and development support. Applications are open to private companies who should collaborate with a local public-funded research institution (e.g. a university or Hong Kong Productivity Council). This programme requires the industry sponsor to make a cash contribution of at least 30% of the total project cost.
3. Public Sector Trial Scheme - The Public Sector Trial Scheme provides funding support for production of prototypes/samples and conducting of trial schemes in the public sector to facilitate and promote the realisation and commercialisation of R&D results under completed ITF projects. The prototypes/samples and the trial schemes should aim to facilitate the development of new products not already available in the market currently, and employing the R&D results/deliverables of the completed ITF projects.
4. Contract Research – Projects that NAMI undertakes for a company on a specific topic on a full cost recovery basis.

The Sixth International Symposium on Nanotechnology in Construction (NICOM6)

The Sixth International Symposium on Nanotechnology in Construction (NICOM6) will be held in Hong Kong on 2-5 December, 2018. The triennial event has been a focal point for the exchange of innovative ideas in the field of nanotechnology for construction materials.

With the theme of "Technology Transfer in Action", NICOM6 is organized by NAMI and the Faculty of Construction and Environment Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Hong Kong Polytechnic University. It will facilitate the transfer of research results to the world community and global connections, leading to new ideas and active collaborations.

Research Fellowship Scheme

To enhance research capability and build research capacity to facilitate the translation of knowledge into clinical practice, research fellowships will be awarded to eligible candidates covering a range of research areas and specialties based on the advice of the relevant Assessment Panel of the Research Council.

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.