Call for Applications: Strategic Public Policy Research (SPPR) Funding Scheme 2016/17

 The Central Policy Unit (CPU) invites applications for the Strategic Public Policy Research (SPPR) Funding Scheme.

Unlike the Public Policy Research funding scheme, the SPPR Funding Scheme applications are accepted only once a year.   A sum ranging from $3 million to $5 million may be granted to each SPPR project lasting for 3 to 5 years. Subject to application and evaluation, further funding lasting for three to five years may be granted. 

Seven major strategic themes of SPPR are identified for capacity building, which could provide long term research support for Hong Kong’s development:

 a)    one belt one road;

 b)     cross-strait three regions studies;

 c)     national identity;

 d)     big data;

 e)     smart city;

 f)      impact of social media and education; and

 g)     impact of new technology on modern life and industry. 

Applicants may also submit their own research areas for consideration by the Assessment Panel. For details of the SPPR Funding Scheme, including eligibility criteria, the strategic themes, composition of the Assessment Panel, means of application and other related information, please refer to the CPU’s website ( 

Application Procedures



PIs to submit the application to Department Head for endorsement

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

PIs to submit the application to School Dean for endorsement

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

PIs to submit the application to Research Committee for approval

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Deadline for submission to CPU

Sunday, 31 July 2016



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