Partnership Research Programme (PRP)


What is PRP?

PRP, which merges the University-Industry Collaboration Programme (UICP) and the collaborative stream of Innovation and Technology Support Programme (ITSP), was launched in January 2019. PRP aims to support research and development (R&D) projects undertaken by private companies in collaboration with local universities and public research institutions.

PRP provides matching funding support for approved projects. The maximum project duration is 3 years. Applications for PRP are open all year round.


Application forms and Guides


Submission of Applications

Applications must be submitted to the ITF Secretariat 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 provide a soft copy (preferably in MS Word 2010 or above), together with an application datasheet (available with the application forms).

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


Is my organization eligible to apply?

An application has to be submitted by a local university/research institution as the lead applicant in partnership with a private company engaging in commercial activities as the industry co-applicant. The company has to be a company incorporated in Hong Kong under the Companies Ordinance.


What kind of projects will likely be supported under PRP?

Any collaborative projects between private companies and local universities/research institutions with R&D content that meet the objective and the eligibility criteria of PRP may be submitted to the ITF Secretariat for consideration. All projects will go through an assessment framework.


Can my company own the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) of the project results?

PRP aims to support R&D projects undertaken by private companies in collaboration with local universities/research institutions. In order to encourage private companies to undertake more R&D projects, all IPR arising from the project will be solely owned by the participating company. The participating company however, could at its own discretion decide if the royalties arising from the IPR are to be allocated to other parties (say its partner university/research institution which has injected substantial resources to the project), subject to negotiation between the parties concerned.


What is the form of funding support?

Funding support is given to R&D activities only and not to business development or operating expenses incurred by the company. The support is given as a grant, subject to the contribution by the company of at least 50% of the project cost. The ITF grants will be disbursed on an annual basis against satisfactory progress of the project and production of evidence showing due contribution of the company's matching funds to the project.


How can my company apply for funding?

If your company is interested in PRP, please first identify a local university/research institution as the lead applicant of the project and agree on the project details, the expected deliverables, and if necessary, the royalty arrangement, etc. After that, your company and the participating university/research institution can fill out a PRP application form. You will be required to register your organization and then its relevant personnel with the Innovation and Technology Commission Funding Administrative System II.