Midstream Research Programme for Universities (MRP)

Midstream Research Programme for Universities


Launched in December 2016, MRP aims to encourage universities funded by the University Grants Committee (UGC) to collaborate with leading research institutes worldwide to conduct more theme-based inter-disciplinary and translational research and development (R&D) work in focused technology areas.


The lead applicant must be a university funded by the UGC.

Key Features


MRP invites applications for funding once a year. The application period in 2021 is 11 January 2021 to 26 March 2021. Project Proposals under the themes "Drug Development" and "Green Engineering Technologies" are invited. R&D projects under the theme "Drug Development" refer to mid- to down-stream research on innovative chemical, biological or Chinese medicines-based drugs for disease management. Those under the theme "Green Engineering Technologies" cover a wide range of technology areas in the engineering discipline, including renewable energy such as solar and wind energy, third generation semiconductors, remote sensing technology, artificial intelligence, intelligent buildings and smart grids. Please read the following documents before submitting an application:



The ITF Secretariat will conduct a preliminary screening upon receipt of an application. Where necessary, individual application may be subject to external review. The ITF Secretariat's assessment, together with the views of external reviewer(s) (if any), will be submitted to the Innovation and Technology Fund Research Projects Assessment Panel for examination in accordance with the assessment framework.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Midstream research covers a wide range of activities, including concept proofing, laboratory validation, system/process optimisation, prototyping and trials, and has the potential of leading to further downstream R&D work, the outcome of which could be applied or commercialised.
There will be specific research theme(s) for each round of MRP application invitation. Applicants are welcome to decide their own research topic under the specific research theme announced for each round of application.
A private company (both local and non-local) may contribute cash and/or in-kind sponsorship to MRP projects to indicate support. Eligible sponsors may apply for Research and Development Cash Rebate Scheme but will not be eligible to own the intellectual property rights generated from the projects (if any).
A different unit of the same university of the lead applicant, or a different local/ non-local university/ research institute may apply as co-applicant of a collaboration project. Private companies are not eligible.


For non-local co-applicant, a legal opinion issued by a lawyer duly qualified to practise the law of the place of incorporation, formation or establishment of the co-applicant should be provided.