Open Call for Applications for the Competitive Research Funding Schemes for the Local Self-financing Degree Sector 2024/2025
Competitive Research Funding Schemes
for the Local Self-financing Degree Sector 2024/2025
(Internal Deadline: 12 December 2023)
We are pleased to inform you that the funding schemes under the Competitive Research Funding Schemes for the Local Self-financing Degree Sector (SF) are now open for application. We are writing to invite your application to the following Competitive Research Funding Schemes:
(I) Individual Basis
Faculty Development Scheme (FDS) https://www.ugc.edu.hk/eng/rgc/funding_opport/fds/
The main objective of the FDS is to develop the research capability of individual academics in the local self-financing degree-awarding institutions so that they can transfer their research experiences and new knowledge into teaching and learning. Applicants are encouraged to involve undergraduate students in the research projects and to apply for the related allowance. In addition, applicants may include a budget for teaching relief in the application, if necessary, to engage replacement teachers.
Inter-Institutional Development Scheme (IIDS) https://www.ugc.edu.hk/eng/rgc/funding_opport/iids/index.html
The main objective of the IIDS is to enhance academics' research capability in the local self-financing degree-awarding institutions and keep them abreast of new developments and challenging research topics in relevant fields. Applicants are advised to articulate in the applications how the proposed workshops or seminars can enhance the academics' research capacity.
Institutional Development Scheme (IDS) –Collaborative Research Grant https://www.ugc.edu.hk/eng/rgc/funding_opport/ids_crg/index.html
The main objective of the IDS Collaborative Research· Grant is to encourage and support collaborative research involving two or more local self-financing degree-awarding institutions, and / or group research activities that operate across disciplines within an institution with a view to enhancing the research output of self-financing institutions in terms of the level of attainment, quality, dimensions and / or speed. RGC looks for evidence of genuine collaboration, as opposed to a combination of individual research proposals.
(II) Institutional Basis
Institutional Development Scheme (IDS) – Research Infrastructure Grant https://www.ugc.edu.hk/eng/rgc/funding_opport/ids_rig/index.html
The IDS Research Infrastructure Grant proposal should be in line with the institution's strategic areas. Applicant should articulate in the application how the proposed infrastructure build-up or programme of activities can lead to the enhancement of research capacity, how the capacity enhancement can be measured and what research areas are expected to be generated from the project. Each institution is allowed to submit one application under the IDS Research Infrastructure Grant in each exercise.
The Call Circular, forms and guidelines can be downloaded from the RGC website (under “Application Procedures”) at https://www.ugc.edu.hk/eng/rgc/funding_opport/sf.html.
Please pay attention to the Guidance Notes on the Particulars/ Eligibility Criteria of PI.
Time Schedule and Internal Deadlines [Internal Deadline for submission: 12 December 2023]
Please note that RC has a prime role to vet and recommend the proposal for submission. As such, we have come up with a schedule for you to plan the application exercise.
Below is a timeline for PI to follow:
12 December 2023
Internal deadline for proposal submission
29 December 2023 -
8 January 2024
Proposal Revision and Turnitin Report
PI responds to reviewers’ comments and submit Turnitin Report for plagiarism checking
19 January 2024
Recommendation for submission
RC will recommend for submission with the consideration of external reviewers’ comments and the quality of revised proposal (Discussion in RC meeting)
29 January -
9 February 2024
Revision of budget per FO’s comment (if necessary) and English content
PI may revise the proposal budget per FO’s comment and revise the English content of the proposal per technical editor’s suggestions
22 February 2024
RO will coordinate the submission of all RC recommended proposals to seek for College’s endorsement
1 March 2024
Submission to RGC
Delivery to RGC by hand
For improving the quality of proposals, a two tiers review mechanism (i.e, internal and external assessment) for all FDS grant project proposals have been implemented. RC will provide constructive and supportive comments to all prospective FDS applicants before submission recommendation. A technical editing support will also be offered to all RC recommended proposals.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Research Office at 3190 6686.