Public Sector Trial Scheme

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In general, the funding limit under PSTS is 50% of the actual cost of the applied R&D projects supported by the ITC. In order to speed up the process of industry adoption of R&D outcomes, the funding ceiling of projects is increased to 100% of the actual cost of the original R&D project(s) supported by the ITF on the following conditions –

  1. the PSTS project should be undertaken/coordinated by the R&D Centres. The R&D Centre concerned may collaborate with universities and other research institutions in conducting the actual trial; and

  2. the applicant (i.e. the R&D Centre) would need to demonstrate that the project would bring wide community interests (e.g. benefits not restricted to a particular sector or product) and justify the need for a larger budget.

This new measure will be introduced on a trial basis and is limited to R&D Centre initiated projects.

For further background of the new measure, please refer to the attached paper submitted to the Legislative Council Panel on Commerce and Industry on 18 November 2014 (

What is 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 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.

Application Form and Guide

(For ITSP and UICP Project)

(For SERAP Project)

Submission of Application

Applications are open all year round and must be submitted either through the Innovation and Technology Commission Funding Administrative System; or in hard copy in triplicate (one original plus two duplicate copies) in person or by post to the Innovation and Technology Commission (for ITSP and UICP project, please address to "ITF Secretariat (ITSP Section)"; for SERAP project, please address to "SERAP Secretariat"). For submission in hard copy, please also kindly provide a soft copy (preferablly in MS Word 2003 or above).

For details, please refer to the above Guide to Filling in 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.