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Public Policy Research Funding Scheme &
Strategic Public Policy Research Funding Scheme

Background

The Government introduced the Public Policy Research (PPR) Funding Scheme in 2005 to promote public policy research. The Strategic Public Policy Research (SPPR) Funding Scheme was launched in 2008 to facilitate longer-term public policy research on specific areas. From 2013-14 onwards, the CPU has been administering the Scheme. The SPPR Funding Scheme has since been merged into the PPR Funding Scheme. The CPU has decided that the objective will remain unchanged. The mode of operation has been revised so that it would better address the prevailing research needs of the community. The Scheme welcomes application of a short (6-12 months) duration, as well as research with a longer duration and larger funding amount. To further promote public policy research, the annual provision for the Funding Scheme has been increased to $30 million since 2015-16.


Mode of Operation

To encourage and support more academics and researchers to conduct public policy research, the PPR Funding Scheme is open to academics who are teaching undergraduate programmes or above; visiting scholars/adjunct professors/honorary professors/emeritus professors and research officers who are eligible to teach undergraduate programmes or above at local degree-awarding institutions; as well as public policy researchers at local non-profit-making think tanks. This would foster a culture of public policy research in a wider context.

The PPR Funding Scheme is gradually gaining support from the community since its launch. To facilitate longer-term strategic public policy research, capacity building and collaboration, the CPU has introduced the re-modelled SPPR Funding Scheme in April 2016 having regard to the success of the PPR Funding Scheme. Both funding schemes will run simultaneously.


Indicative Research Areas & Strategic Themes

The CPU has identified seven major themes for the PPR Funding Scheme, namely (a) land and housing; (b) poverty and ageing/retirement protection; (c) political development and governance; (d) external economy; (e) social issues; (f) economic development; and (g) environmental protection 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.

For the SPPR Funding Scheme, seven major strategic themes are identified for capacity building, which could provide long term research support for Hong Kong’s development: namely (a) Belt and Road Initiative; (b) Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Big Bay Area development; (c) cross-strait three regions studies; (d) elections and political landscape; (e) one country, two systems: change and prospect of relationship between the Central Authorities and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region; (f) big data and smart city; 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. In addition, to enhance the flexibility of the Scheme, the CPU will from time to time invite applications for research on specific topics according to its policy research needs.


How to Apply

Applications for the PPR Funding Scheme are accepted throughout the year. Applications will be processed once received and vetting normally takes about three months. Results of each batch of applications will be announced on a quarterly basis in general. The mode of operation will enable the PPR Funding Scheme to address specific issues of the community in a timely manner. It will also allow more flexibility in the launch and completion of research to better address the prevailing needs of the community.

The SPPR Funding Scheme applications are accepted once a year. Applications for 2017-18 should be submitted before July 31, 2017. To enhance the flexibility of the SPPR Funding Scheme, applications with significant relevance to strategic policy research need may also be invited from time to time.

Please refer to Guidance Notes and Guidelines on Disbursement, Accounting and Monitoring Arrangements for the Public Policy Research Funding Scheme & the Strategic Public Policy Research Funding Scheme for more details.

Applicants should complete the specified Application Form and submit it to the CPU preferably by email (email: ppr@cpu.gov.hk).


Assessment Panel

To ensure academic freedom and the quality of the research projects, assessments will be conducted by the Assessment Panel comprising experienced academics. The Panel will determine the assessment criteria and details. Applications will be assessed by the Panel as well as reviewers, who are academics and experts outside the Panel. Suggestions and views of relevant Government Bureaux/Departments will also be sought for reference. A declaration of interests system is in place to ensure that the assessments are fair and just.


List of Granted Project

PPR

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

2017-18

SPPR


Research Report

To enhance transparency, the CPU will upload all research reports onto CPU’s website for public reference. The CPU will also invite people from various sectors, including academics and think tanks, to exchange views through channels such as seminars. Please click here for research report.

PPR

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

2017-18

SPPR


Sharing Forum

The CPU organised the Public Policy Research Funding Scheme Sharing Forum on 10 May 2017 (Wednesday). Four major research areas have been selected from the completed research for the research teams to present their research findings, namely: poverty and ageing; economic development; environmental protection; and social issues. The Sharing Forum also provided a platform for different shareholders to exchange views on relevant policy topics. Please click here for details of the Sharing Forum.

The CPU also prepared a Public Policy Digest (PDF) of the completed projects which was released at the Sharing Forum as well.


Briefing Session

The CPU organised a briefing session on 11 December 2015 (Friday) to update interested parties on the Scheme. Please click here (PDF) for details.


Forms and Guidelines

 

PPR

SPPR

Guidance Notes

Guidance Notes (PDF)

Application Form

PPR Application Form
(MS Word Format)

SPPR Application Form
(MS Word Format)

Guidelines on Disbursement, Accounting and Monitoring Arrangements

Guidelines on Disbursement, Accounting and Monitoring Arrangements(PDF)

Reports

Initial Progress Report
(MS Word Format)

Mid-Term Progress Report
(MS Word Format)

Completion Report
(MS Word Format)

Concluding Report
(MS Word Format)

Half-yearly Progress Report
(MS Word Format)

Deliverables Progress Report (I)
(MS Word Format)

Deliverables Progress Report (II)
(MS Word Format)

Completion Report
 

Concluding Report

Form for Request for Change of Principal Investigator

Form for Request for Change of Principal Investigator
(MS Word Format)

Form for Request for Change of Principal Investigator
(MS Word Format)


Enquires

For enquiries of the PPR/SPPR Funding Scheme, please contact the CPU at 2810 2348 or send an email to ppr@cpu.gov.hk.