Researcher Programme (formerly known as Internship Programme)


The Researcher Programme (formerly known as Internship Programme) aims to encourage university graduates to pursue a career in innovation and technology (“I&T”) and nurture more I&T talents. The Researcher Programme consists of the following programmes:

1. Researcher Programme (Innovation and Technology Fund) (“RP-ITF”)

Introduction

Under RP-ITF, organisations undertaking research and development (“R&D”) projects funded by the Innovation and Technology Fund (“ITF”) can recruit graduates from local universities as researchers to assist in the R&D projects.

  • Each ITF project can engage up to 2 researchers at any one time.
  • The maximum engagement period for each researcher is 36 months.
  • The maximum monthly allowance is HK$18,000 for graduates with a Bachelor’s degree and HK$21,000 for graduates with a Master’s degree from a local university.

Application

RP-ITF is open all year round. Applications should be submitted through the Innovation and Technology Commission Funding Administrative System For details of the programme, please refer to the “RP-ITF” Application Guide.


2. Researcher Programme for Incubatees and Innovation and Technology (“I&T”) Tenants of the Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTPC) and Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited (Cyberport) (“RP-SPC”)

Introduction

To step up our efforts in supporting private sector investment in R&D and nurturing more I&T talents, the Researcher Programme has been extended to cover incubatees and all I&T tenants of HKSTPC and Cyberport (“RP-SPC”). These companies with incubation/tenancy duration covering the proposed engagement period are eligible to apply for funding to recruit researchers to assist in R&D projects in their companies.

  • Each eligible applicant company can engage up to 2 researchers at any one time.
  • The maximum engagement period for each researcher is 36 months.
    The total researcher engagement period for each applicant company should be no more than 72 months.
  • The maximum monthly allowance is HK$18,000 for graduates with a Bachelor’s degree and HK$21,000 for graduates with a Master’s degree from a local university.

Application

RP-SPC is open all year round. Applications should be submitted through the Innovation and Technology Commission Funding Administrative System. For details of the programme, please refer to the RP-SPC Application Guide.



3. Researcher Programme for Investee Companies of the Innovation and Technology Venture Fund (“RP-ITVF ”)

Introduction

Under RP-ITVF, start-ups selected for co-investment under the Innovation and Technology Venture Fund (“ITVF investee companies”) can recruit graduates from local universities as researchers to assist in the R&D projects.

  • Each eligible applicant company can engage up to 2 researchers at any one time.
  • The maximum engagement period for each researcher is 36 months.
  • The total engagement period for each applicant company should be no more than 72 months.
  • The maximum monthly allowance is HK$18,000 for graduates with a Bachelor’s degree and HK$21,000 for graduates with a Master’s degree from a local university.

Application

RP-ITVF is open all year round. Applications by ITVF investee companies should be submitted in paper form. For details of the programme, please refer to the RP-ITVF Application Guide.



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