Innovation and Technology Support Programme (ITSP)

What is ITSP?

ITSP supports midstream/downstream research and development (R&D) projects undertaken mainly by designated local public research institutes1, R&D Centres2, industry support organisations, professional bodies and trade and industry associations. ITSP invites applications for funding every six months or so.

Application forms and Guides

The Government adopts a three-tier funding framework for ITSP under the ITF. Tier 1 provides project funding for the R&D centres to undertake projects in selected focus areas. Tier 2 involves the funding of applied R&D projects which are industry-oriented and have potential for commercialisation. Tier 3 involves the funding of exploratory and forward-looking projects. The Guangdong-Hong Kong Technology Cooperation Funding Scheme (TCFS) operates under the ITSP funding framework.

Project proposals for Tier 2 and Tier 3 funding as well as proposals on Automotive Parts and Accessory Systems under the ITSP 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. For collaborative projects where the industry co-applicant should contribute at least 50% of the total project cost, an internal assessment panel comprising ITC staff will be convened to assess the applications instead.

The second round of funding applications for 2018 under Tier 2 and Tier 3 of the Innovation and Technology Support Programme (ITSP) has been closed for application after 28 September 2018.

Submission of Applications

Applications of Tier 2 and Tier 3 projects must be submitted to the ITF Secretariat3 either:

  1. electronically 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 forms).


  1. Designated local public research institute refers to local universities (including all University Grants Committee-funded institutions), self-financing degree-awarding institutions registered under the Post-Secondary Colleges Ordinance (Cap. 320), the Hong Kong Productivity Council, the Vocational Training Council, the Clothing Industry Training Authority and the Hong Kong Institute of Biotechnology.

  2. Five R&D Centres have been set up under ITF since mid-2006 to drive and coordinate applied R&D in selected focus areas: They are automotive parts and accessory systems; information and communications technologies; logistics and supply chain management enabling technologies; nanotechnology and advanced materials; and textiles and clothing.

  3. Project proposals (except Tier 3 projects) falling under the technology areas of the R&D Centres should be submitted via the appropriate Centre.

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