PICO has identified seven major themes for the PPR Funding Scheme, namely (a) Land and Housing; (b) Economic Development; (c) Livelihood Issues; (d) Application of Innovation and Technology; (e) Youth Development; (f) Environmental Protection; and (g) Political Development and Governance with 21 indicative research areas, having regard to Hong Kong’s current and long-term development as well as needs for research on various social issues, for reference of tertiary institutions and think tanks. Applicants are encouraged to prepare proposals on these areas but are free to submit proposals on other research areas. The same assessment criteria shall apply to all applications received.
For the SPPR Funding Scheme, PICO will identify strategic themes for each year’s applications. Proposals with themes falling outside the strategic themes will not be considered generally, unless with exceptional merits. For 2019-20, PICO has identified 12 strategic themes, namely (a) Development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area; (b) Belt and Road Initiative; (c) Big Data / Smart City; (d) Innovation and Technology / Artificial Intelligence / Re-Industrialisation; (e) Developing Green Finance in Hong Kong; (f) City Branding Strategy for Hong Kong; (g) Consolidating Hong Kong’s Position as an International Logistics Hub; (h) Transitional Housing; (i) Children and Youth Development; (j) Ageing Population; (k) Healthcare System Innovation; and (l) Manpower Supply and Development.