Vetting Mechanism

What is the vetting mechanism of the Innovation and Technology Support Programme (ITSP) - Guangdong - Hong Kong Technology Cooperation Funding Scheme?

Upon receipt of an application under Category A(2) and Category C, the ITF Secretariat will conduct a preliminary screening and may seek clarification or supplementary information from the applicant. Where necessary, individual application may be subject to external peer review. The ITF Secretariat's assessment, together with the results of any external peer review, will be submitted to the ITSP Panel of Assessors for examination and advice to the CIT. The Panel of Assessors will advise the Government on:

  1. having regard to a set of vetting criteria, the vetting of applications for funding under the Guangdong - Hong Kong Technology Cooperation Funding Scheme;
  2. the monitoring of the implementation of funded projects; and
  3. the evaluation of the effectiveness of funded projects.

For projects under Collaborative Research Scheme and Company Research Scheme, an internal assessment panel comprising ITC staff will be convened to assess the applications against the vetting criteria, instead of submitting the applications to the ITSP Panel of Assessors.

For proposals under Category C, the funding recommendations of the assessment panel will be submitted to a joint vetting committee comprising officials from both Guangdong/Shenzhen and Hong Kong for further vetting.

Approved projects under Category C that fall under the specific technology areas of the R&D Centres may be monitored by the respective R&D Centre.

For proposals under Category A(1) solicited by the R&D Centres, the vetting will be conducted by the respective Centres themselves in accordance with their guidelines.


What is the vetting mechanism of the General Support Programme?

A vetting committee has been set up to:

  1. Advise the Government, having regard to a set of vetting criteria, on whether applications for funding should be approved;
  2. Monitor the implementation of funded projects; and
  3. Evaluate the effectiveness of these funded projects.

Members of this vetting committee consist of businessmen, technologists, academics and Government officials. Please find details of the assessment committee in the membership list.


What is the vetting mechanism of the University-Industry Collaboration Programme?

An administrative team headed by the Assistant Commissioner (Funding Schemes) of the Innovation and Technology Commission (the 'Commission') is responsible for co-ordinating the vetting of applications and the monitoring of approved projects. It works closely with the inspection team to ensure that fund recipients implement projects in accordance with ITF's compliance requirements. They include observance of various requirements set out in individual project agreement and other requirements or publications issued by the Commission from time to time.

The professional staff headed by the Science Advisor and the Biotechnology Director of the Commission provide all the necessary support for the administrative team throughout the application assessment and project monitoring processes.

All applications submitted under this programme are assessed in accordance with a set of vetting criteria.


What is the vetting mechanism of the Enterprise Support Scheme ?

An assessment panel is set up to:

  1. Advise the Government, having regard to a set of vetting criteria, on whether applications for funding should be approved;
  2. Monitor the implementation of funded projects; and
  3. Evaluate the effectiveness of these funded projects.

The panel will comprise experts from the academia, industry, private equity and capital market, as well as Government officials.


What is the vetting mechanism of the Technology Voucher Programme (TVP) ?

Upon receipt of an application, ITC will check its eligibility and conduct a preliminary screening. ITC may also seek clarification or supplementary information from the applicant enterprise if necessary. Eligible applications will be considered by the TVP Committee while ineligible applications will be returned to the applicant enterprise. Applications supported by the Committee will be submitted to the Commissioner for Innovation and Technology (CIT) for approval of funding.