Funding Programmes in Hong Kong

In Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China, there are several agencies providing science and technology research fundings to the researchers. Among them, the major funding agencies include Innovation and Technology Commission (ITC), Research Grants Council (RGC), the Croucher Foundation, the Environment and Conservation Fund (ECF) and the Research Council (RC) of Food and Health Bureau (FHB).


The Innovation and Technology Fund (ITF), administered by the Innovation and Technology Commission (ITC), aims to increase the added value, productivity and competitiveness of regional economic activities. The Government hopes that, through the ITF, Hong Kong companies could be encouraged and assisted to upgrade their technological level and introduce innovative ideas to their businesses.

The main ITC programmes open to European researchers include the following:

  • ITC 1 - Automotive Parts and Accessory Systems (APAS) R&D Centre Project Funding Fact Sheet
  • ITC 2 - General Support Programme (GSP) Fact Sheet
  • ITC 3 -  Hong Kong R&D Centre for Logistics and Supply Chain Management Enabling Technologies (LSCM) Fact Sheet
  • ITC 4 -  Innovation and Technology Support Programme (ITSP) Fact Sheet
  • ITC 5 -  Nano & Advanced Materials Institute Limited (NAMI) Programme Fact Sheet
  • ITC 6 -  The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA) Programme Fact Sheet


    The Research Grants Council (RGC), which was established in 1991, operates under the University Grants Committee (UGC) and functions as an advisory body on research matters within the organizational structure of the Committee. It is a non-statutory advisory body responsible for advising the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China, through the University Grants Committee (UGC), on the needs of Hong Kong's higher education institutions in the field of academic research and for the distribution of funding for academic research projects undertaken by academic staff of those UGC-funded institutions.

    The main RGC programmes open to European researchers include the following:

    • RGC 1- The Research Grants Council Collaborative Research Fund Fact Sheet
    • RGC 2- The Research Grants Council General Research Fund Fact Sheet


    The Environment and Conservation Fund (ECF) was established under the Environment and Conservation Fund Ordinance. The ECF provides funding support for educational, research, technology demonstration and other projects and activities in relation to environmental and conservation matters, as well as community waste recovery projects.

    The main ECF programme open to European researchers includes the following:

    • ECF - Environmental Education and Community Action Projects Fact Sheet


    The Research Council (RC) was established by the Food and Health Bureau (FHB) to assume responsibility for all aspects of the administration and recommendation to the FHB on the allocation of funds supported by HHSRF and the RFCID. RC is supported by a secretariat and two working committees, namely the Grant Review Board (GRB) and the Referee Panel.

    The main FHB programmes open to European researchers include the following:

    • FHB 1- Health and Health Services Research Fund (HHSRF) Fact Sheet
    • FHB 2 - Research Fund for the Control of Infectious Diseases (RFCID) Fact Sheet

    The Croucher Foundation

    The Croucher Foundation is a private trust set up by the late Noel Croucher in Hong Kong. The Foundation specializes in promoting the standard of natural science, technology and medicine in Hong Kong through awards and grants to scientists based in and serving Hong Kong. The work of the Foundation has been conducted with the support of panels of international experts invited to assess the scientific values of individual projects.

    The main Croucher Foundation programme open to European researchers includes the following:

    • The Croucher Foundation - Sponsorship of Conferences and Symposia Fact Sheet

    Information on EU-Hong Kong bilateral funding programmes is available below:

    UK Economic & Social Research Council / Research Grants Council Joint Research Scheme:  

    Germany/Hong Kong Joint Research Scheme:

    France / Hong Kong Joint Research Scheme:

    Regional Programme Bio-Asia:


    Current information on EU-China science, technology and innovation cooperation is available on the webite of the Horizon 2020 project DRAGON-STAR Plus.