University-Industry Collaboration Programme (UICP)

Target Industry:

Technology Development

Purpose:

UICP aims to stimulate private sector interest in R&D through leveraging the knowledge and resources of universities. The emphasis is on close collaboration between private companies and universities in Hong Kong

Eligibility:

An application has to be submitted with a private company engaging in commercial activities as the applicant and a local university as the partner. The company has to be a company incorporated in Hong Kong under the Companies Ordinance and has substantial connection to Hong Kong

Support/Funding Details:

There are three schemes under UICP:

a) Teaching Company Scheme: The Teaching Company Scheme aims to foster university-industry partnership by supporting local companies to take on graduate students from local universities to assist in proprietary R&D work. Graduate student(s) will be placed in the participating company to undertake research on a specific issue for a period of no more than three years. The university will provide teaching guidance for the student(s) in handling the project. The Scheme will cover half of the studentship of the graduate students. The maximum contribution from the ITF to the monthly studentship for each graduate student amounts to $7,500. As the project should last no more than three years, the maximum ITF funding for the studentship for each student would be $270,000.

b) Matching Grant for Joint Research: The Matching Grant for Joint Research aims to foster private companies to collaborate with universities in proprietary R&D projects. Projects that focus on routine applications of existing technologies or on the provision of bureau services will not be funded. Substantial contribution to a project is expected from the university. The university's researchers should be the core project team members and should conduct a major part of the R&D work of the project. Hence, it is expected that most of the project cost is to cover the university's project related expenses. The participating company has to bear no less than 50% of the project cost in cash.

c) Industrial Research Chair Scheme: The Industrial Research Chair Scheme aims to assist universities and industry to develop research efforts in the natural science or engineering fields that respond to industrial needs and not yet developed in Hong Kong but for which there is good development potential in the longer term. A distinguished researcher in the university will be invited to be the chairholder to lead the project for a finite duration. Same as the Matching Grant for Joint Research, the university's researchers should conduct a major part of the R&D work of the project. Hence, it is expected that most of the project cost is to cover the university's project related expenses. The participating company has to bear no less than 50% of the project cost in cash.


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