The Strategic Public Policy Research (SPPR) Funding Scheme 2021-22 is open for application between now and 31 August 2021.
Four new strategic themes have been identified for the SPPR Funding Scheme 2021-22. They are - (a) Development Opportunities from the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA) under the National 14th Five-Year Plan; (b) “Dual Circulation” and Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership in Synergy with the Belt and Road Initiative; (c) Healthcare Innovations in the Post-COVID 19 Pandemic Era; and (d) Waste Management in the Post-COVID 19 Pandemic Era. The former two themes seek to promote research efforts on how best Hong Kong can capitalise on the opportunities available under the National 14th Five-Year Plan and GBA development having regard to the city’s positioning supported by the Central Government in the national development blueprint. The latter two seek to encourage innovation and technologies to improve Hong Kong’s preparedness and response to public health crises and waste management challenges in the light of lessons learnt from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The remaining 10 themes are carried over from the past year. They are - (a) Belt and Road Initiative: Economic and Trade Co-operation Zones; (b) Big Data/Smart City; (c) Innovation and Technology/Artificial Intelligence/Re-Industrialisation; (d) Alternative Procurement Models for Major Infrastructure Projects; (e) Developing Green Finance in Hong Kong; (f) Consolidating Hong Kong's Position as an International Logistics Hub; (g) Transitional Housing; (h) Children, Youth and Family Development; (i) Ageing Population; and (j) Manpower Supply and Development.
Separately, the major themes and indicative research areas of the Public Policy Research (PPR) Funding Scheme have also been updated having regard to Hong Kong’s current and long-term development as well as needs for research on various social issues. After the updating, there are 8 major themes with 28 indicative research areas. Applications for the PPR Funding Scheme are accepted throughout the year. Results of each batch of applications will be announced on a quarterly basis.
The updated Guidance Notes setting out the details of the SPPR and PPR Funding Schemes, including eligibility criteria, the themes and indicative research areas, composition of the Assessment Panel, application method and other related information, can be found on “forms and guidelines” of the SPPR and PPR Funding Schemes.
Ends/Tuesday, June 29, 2021