Midstream Research Programme for Universities (MRP)


The MRP is a dedicated programme to encourage universities to conduct more midstream research. It also aims to foster more collaborative efforts among local and overseas universities and research institutions. Industry sponsorship is not mandatory under the MRP.


There are two types of projects under the MRP -

  1. Standalone Projects:

    The maximum funding support for standalone projects is HK$5 million per project.

  2. Collaboration Projects involving multiple disciplines or research institutions:

    The maximum funding for collaboration projects is HK$10 million per project. A co-applicant can be a different unit of the same university, or a different local/non-local university/research institution.

Project applications will be considered by the Innovation and Technology Fund Research Projects Assessment Panel which advises the Commissioner for Innovation and Technology on the provision of funding support for the applications received.

Application forms and Guides

The first round of 2017 Midstream Research Programme for Universities (MRP) has been closed for application after 31 March 2017.


Submission of Applications

Applications of MRP projects must be submitted to the ITF Secretariat (MRP Section) either:

  1. through the Innovation and Technology Commission Funding Administrative System II; or

  2. in hard copy in triplicate (one original plus two duplicate copies) in person or by post. Please also kindly provide a soft copy (preferably in MS Word 2010 or above), together with an application datasheet (available with the application form).


The guides are in Portable Document Format (PDF). You need to install the free Adobe Acrobat Reader 7.0 or above to read it.