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Joint Collaboration between PolyU Researchers and Industrial Partners

Government Sponsorship


  • Innovation and Technology Fund
  • + Innovation and Technology Support Programme (ITSP)
    ITSP supports research and development (R&D) projects undertaken by designated local public research institutes and R&D Centres. ITSP invites applications for funding once a year. It supports Platform Projects (applied R&D projects which are industry-oriented and have potential for commercialization) and Seed Projects (exploratory and forward-looking in nature).
  • + Partnership Research Programme (PRP)
    A scheme aims to support R&D projects undertaken by private companies in collaboration with local universities/research institutions. To achieve synergy and enhance flexibility, this scheme consolidates the University-Industry Collaboration Programme (UICP) and the collaborative stream of the Innovation and Technology Support Programme (ITSP) under a single programme. The scheme provides matching funding support for approved projects. The maximum project duration is 3 years. Applications for PRP are open all year round. (Click here for more details)
  • + Midstream Research Programme for Universities (MRP)
    A dedicated programme to encourage universities funded by the University Grants Committee to conduct more theme-based midstream research in focused technology areas. (Click here for more details)
  • + Collaborative Research Fund (CRF) 2021/22
    The Collaborative Research Fund (CRF) supports multi-investigator, multi-disciplinary projects in order to encourage more research groups to engage in creative and high quality cross-disciplinary projects. (Click here for more details)
  • + Innovation and Technology Fund for Better Living (FBL)
    A scheme for funding innovation and technology projects which will make people’s daily living more convenient, comfortable and safer, or address the needs of specific community groups. (Click here for more details)
  • + Mainland-Hong Kong Joint Funding Scheme 2021
    HKSAR Government and MOST sign innovation and technology co-operation arrangement and research funding agreement to set up the Mainland-Hong Kong Joint Funding Scheme to support scientific research collaboration.
    Briefing Session PPT please click here: ITC & ITDO

    For enquiries, please contact Mr. Samuel Yeung (tel: 3400-2815 /e-mail:
  • + PolyU-Jiangsu Research Collaboration
    For enquiry, please contact Mr. Samuel Yeung (tel: 3400-2815 /e-mail: for Jiangsu industry matching.
  • + Jiangsu Industrial Technology Research Institute (JITRI) Collaborative Funding Scheme – Call for Preliminary Proposals
    Jiangsu Industrial Technology Research Institute (JITRI) sets up a fund pool of 20 million RMB (per year) for PolyU PI, to provide matching funding for JITRI specialized institute / JITRI institute spinoff company collaborative research projects. The funding amount is subject to the mutual agreement between the Institute and PI. Focus area includes Materials and Energy Environmental Protection, Information Technology, Biotechnology and Medicine, as well as Advanced Manufacturing. JITRI already has successful projects ongoing with PolyU PI.
    Please contact Mr. Samuel Yeung (tel: 3400-2815 /e-mail: for industry matching with JITRI.
  • + Guangdong-Hong Kong Technology Cooperation Funding Scheme (TCFS-C1)
    TCFS aims to enhance the level of collaboration on research and development among universities, research institutes and technology enterprises in Hong Kong and Guangdong /Shenzhen.
    Category C1 Themes/Topics: New-generation information technology, Semiconductor and integrated circuit, Artificial intelligence, Financial technologies, Biomedical technology, Food safety, New materials, New energy, Energy conservation and environmental protection (air and water pollution control), Advanced manufacturing, Marine science and priority will be given to projects in various disciplines related to the prevention and control of the COVID-19 epidemic.
    Details can be found here and below:
    For enquiries, please contact Mr. Samuel Yeung at (Tel: 3400 2815/ Email:
  • + Green Tech Fund
    The Government announced in the 2020-21 Budget that HK$200 million would be allocated for setting up the new GTF to provide better and more focused funding support for the R&D and application of decarbonisation and green technologies, so as to expedite low-carbon transformation and enhance environmental protection in Hong Kong.(Click here for more details)
  • + Smart Traffic Fund
    In the 2019 Policy Address Supplement, the Chief Executive announced the setup of the Smart Traffic Fund (“Fund”) to provide funding support to local organisations or enterprises for conducting research and application of innovation and technology with the objectives of enhancing commuting convenience, enhancing efficiency of the road network or road space, and improving driving safety. $1 billion have been earmarked for the Fund, which commences operation in 2020-21.
    The Transport Department has engaged the Hong Kong Productivity Council as the Implementation Partner to serve as the Secretariat for the Fund. The Fund aims to provide support for enterprises or organizations to conduct research and application on vehicle-related I&T with at least one of the following objectives:

    • Enhancing convenience of motorists;
    • Enhancing efficiency of the road network or road space; and
    • Improving driving safety.

    For enquiry, please visit HKPC website

Industry Sponsorship

  • + Alibaba Group’s Schemes (For programme details, please contact ITDO.)
    • Alibaba Visiting Scholar
    • Alibaba Innovative Research Project
    • Alibaba Technology Seminar / Forum
  • + Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.’s Schemes (For programme details, please contact ITDO)
    • PolyU-Huawei Joint Laboratory for Optical Interconnection Network and Advanced Computing System
    • Huawei Collaborative Research Project
    • Huawei Innovation Research Program
    • Huawei Technology Forum
  • + CIC Research and Technology Development Fund
    The CIC Research and Technology Development Fund (R&D Fund) is set up to provide financial support for research projects which can benefit the Hong Kong construction industry through practical application of the research outcomes, covering the areas of (i) Building Information Modelling (BIM); (ii) Construction Procurement and Project Management; (iii) Construction Productivity; (iv) Construction Safety; and (v) Green Construction.
    For enquiry, please visit CIC website
  • + Pfizer’s Centers for Therapeutic Innovation (CTI) Call for Proposals (CFP)
    Pfizer’s Centers for Therapeutic Innovation (CTI) Call for Proposals (CFP) - areas of interest and the timeline for submission of non-confidential pre-proposals for 2021 is now available. CTI focuses on accessing cutting-edge science and innovative discoveries aligned with Pfizer’s current core research areas of Oncology, Inflammation & Immunology, Rare Diseases, and Internal Medicine. The specific interests for the 2021 CFP can be found here, or online at Deadline to submit pre-proposals to Pfizer for consideration: June 28, 2021.
    If you are interested in submitting a pre-proposal, please contact Ms Nelly Lam of ITDO, Email:; Tel: 3400 2819.
  • + Zoetis 2021 Research Alliance Interests
    Zoetis is a global animal health company dedicated to supporting customers and their businesses in ever better ways. Building on more than 65 years of experience, it delivers quality medicines, vaccines and diagnostic products, complemented by biodevices, genetic tests and precision livestock farming. Areas of emphasis: digital healthcare, machine learning and diagnostic techniques applied to pharmaceutical R&D, genomics, transcriptomics or proteomics enabling rational drug and vaccine design. Click here for details.
    If you are interested in partnership opportunity with Zoetis, please contact Ms Nelly Lam, Email:; Tel: 3400 2819.

Other Collaborative Opportunities for PolyU Researchers

ITDO’s network plays a significant role in facilitating your project and partner making.

European Union

The Netherland

  • NWO / RGC Joint Research Scheme (ITDO could facilitate partners seeking through Netherlands Office of Science & Technology–NOST)


  • ANR / RGC Joint Research Scheme
    Jointly operated by the French National Research Agency (ANR) and The Research Grants Council (RGC), the Scheme serves to foster collaboration between research communities in France and Hong Kong.
  • PROCORE - France / Hong Kong Joint Research Scheme
    The Scheme finances a dozen of two-year joint research projects and workshops in France and Hong Kong each year.
  • BIO-Asie and STIC-Asie
    Regional programmes BIO-Asie and STIC-Asie are initiatives of the French government aiming at encouraging and strengthening high-level collaborations in research and development in the following fields:
    1. Information and Communications Technology;
    2. Natural substances, ranging from the study of biodiversity to the sustainable use of natural substances in the field of health, pharmacy, nutrition, cosmetics, agronomy or renewable energies.
  • Support for High-level Conference
    Example at PolyU:
    International Seminar: Food, Risks and Sustainability: An Asian Perspective 6 -7 July 2015, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, sponsored by the Consulate General of Finland in HK & Macau
  • Joint Research Lab and Programs
    ITDO could facilitate your collaboration with French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS).


The United Kingdom


  • Centre for International Mobility (CIMO) by Finland Ministry of Culture and Education
    Example at PolyU: Devising Games Education Network between PolyU School of Design and Finnish Universities Finland government provides funding to support both PolyU & Finnish partners on mutual visits, joint seminars/workshops and other exchange activities.

For more funding opportunities, please refer to PolyU Research Office