Mainland-Hong Kong Joint Funding Scheme (MHKJFS)


What is MHKJFS?

In September 2018, the Innovation and Technology Bureau of the HKSAR Government signed the “Agreement on Commencing Jointly Funded Projects between the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Innovation and Technology Bureau of the HKSAR Government” with the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) to agree on the launch of the MHKJFS in 2019.

MHKJFS aims to support and encourage further research and development (R&D) collaboration between Hong Kong and the Mainland. It provides funding support for both platform and collaborative R&D projects.

Applications under MHKJFS must be submitted simultaneously by the Hong Kong and Mainland institutions to ITC and MOST respectively, where R&D work must be conducted in both places. ITC and MOST will provide funding to the Hong Kong and Mainland applicant organizations respectively, and will monitor project progress according to their own requirements.


Application Form and Guide

The 2020 Mainland-Hong Kong Joint Funding Scheme (MHKJFS) is now open for application. Deadline for application is 15 June 2020.


Submission of Applications

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


Who are eligible to apply for MHKJFS?

For platform projects, the lead applicant must be either an R&D Centre1 or a designated local public research institute2.

For collaborative projects, the lead applicant, which must be either an R&D Centre1 or a designated local public research institute2, should partner with an industry co-applicant to apply for MHKJFS. The industry co-applicant can be either a private company incorporated in Hong Kong under the Companies Ordinance (Cap. 622); or an industry support organisation, a trade and industry association or professional body which has the legal capacity to enter into contracts.


What is the difference between platform and collaborative projects supported under MHKJFS?

Platform projects refer to applied R&D projects that are industry-oriented and have potential for commercialisation. The projects must be undertaken by R&D Centres1 or designated local public research institutes2. All platform projects require industry sponsorship from at least one private company to cover at least 10% of the total project cost within the project period. The IP rights generated from the projects will be owned by the lead applicants.

Collaborative projects refer to R&D projects undertaken by R&D Centres or designated local public research institutes in collaboration with industry co-applicants. The industry co-applicant should contribute, in the form of industry sponsorship, at least 50% of the total project cost if it wishes to own the IP rights generated from the project.


Will projects supported by either ITC or MOST be funded?

The applications will be processed and vetted by ITC and MOST separately. Only projects supported by both sides will be funded.


What is the difference between MHKJFS and the Guangdong-Hong Kong Technology Cooperation Funding Scheme (TCFS)?

TCFS aims to enhance R&D collaboration between Hong Kong and Guangdong or Shenzhen. To support and encourage further R&D collaboration between Hong Kong and the Mainland, the HKSAR Government and MOST have launched MHKJFS in 2019 to support R&D projects jointly conducted by Hong Kong and Mainland institutions.

The funding model and modus operandi of MHKJFS largely follow that of the projects jointly funded under Category C of TCFS. Applications under MHKJFS must be submitted simultaneously by the Hong Kong and the Mainland institutions to ITC and MOST respectively.



Notes:

  1. R&D Centres refer to -
    1. Automotive Platforms and Application Systems R&D Centre;
    2. Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel;
    3. Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute, designated as the R&D Centre for Information and Communications Technologies;
    4. Logistics and Supply Chain MultiTech R&D Centre; and
    5. Nano and Advanced Materials Institute.

  2. Designated local public research institutes refer 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.


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