Innovation and Technology Support Programme (ITSP)

What is ITSP?

ITSP supports research and development (R&D) projects undertaken by designated local public research institutes1 and R&D Centres2. ITSP invites applications for funding once a year.

ITSP focuses on supporting two types of projects –

  1. Platform Projects: applied R&D projects which are industry-oriented and have potential for commercialization.

  2. Seed Projects: projects which are exploratory and forward-looking in nature.

Application forms and Guides

Project proposals submitted by designated local public research institutes 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.

The 2020 Innovation and Technology Support Programme (ITSP) has been closed for application after 8 May 2020.

Submission of Applications

Applications must be submitted to the ITF Secretariat3 electronically through the Innovation and Technology Commission Funding Administrative System II.


  1. Designated local public research institutes refer to local universities (including all University Grants Committee (UGC)-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 by the Government 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 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.