The Platform Research Programme is conducted to increase the added value, productivity and competitiveness of the whole industry. Applications are open to universities, industry support organisations, trade and industry associations, professional bodies and research institutes. This requires support from at least two industry sponsors who should make a cash or in-kind contribution of at least 15% of the total project cost.
Fast Track Research Programme is designed to convert successful platform research projects from lab-scale prototypes to scalable (commercial) products and to solve problems facing the industry. Application's requirements are similar to the above Platform Research Programme. The maximum funding support to a Fast Track Research project is HK$1 million and the project should be completed within 12 months.
Collaborative Research Programme is conducted with an individual company or consortium to solve their problems or to tackle the technical issues which the companies are interested in. Applications are open to private sector companies or industry support organisations, trade and industry associations or professional bodies which have capacity to enter into contracts. The industry co-applicant must collaborate with a local public research institute and is required to contribute no less than 50% of the total project cost in cash or in-kind of which at least 30% is required upon project commencement.
Contract Research Programme offers consulting and research services to companies or industry consortia on a fee contract basis. Applications are open to private companies which are required to contribute the full costs of the R&D work done.
Production of Prototypes/Samples and Conducting of Trial Schemes facilitate and promote the realisation and commercialisation of the project deliverables of platform or fast track projects. Use of prototypes / samples and conducting of trial schemes are confined to the public sector which includes Government bureaux and departments, public bodies (e.g. Hospital Authority), non-profit-making trade associations and charitable organisations. Applications are open to universities, industry support organisations, trade and industry associations, professional bodies and research institutes. Applicants must provide details of the ITF project under which the R&D results will be employed and/or developed further to produce prototypes/samples and to support the trial schemes.