|What is SPPR
The Chief Executive's 2005 Policy Address stated that the Government would continue to
reinforce the policy research capability and would allocate, for each of the next three years, an additional $20 million to the
University Grants Committee, which will task its RGC with promoting public policy research in higher education institutions.
In this connection, an amount of $20 million (including 15% overhead cost for use by the UGC/RGC Secretariat) will be allocated from the
Central Policy Unit (CPU) to the RGC annually for three consecutive years from 2005-06 to 2007-08 financial years.
In the 2007/08 Policy Agenda, the Government decided to extend the SPPR scheme for four more years (i.e. from 2008/09 - 2011/12) with an annual provision of $20 million. To support longer term public policy research projects, the CPU has decided to deploy half of the $20 million annual provision to launch a Strategic Public Policy Research (SPPR) Funding Scheme once a year starting from 2008/09. The normal SPPR scheme will then run once a year instead of twice a year in the past three years.
Generally, full time academic staff of UGC-Funded Institutions from Staff Grades 'A' to 'I' who
are primarily engaged in and spending at least 80% of time in degree or higher degree work at
the institution proper; and whose salaries are being wholly funded by the institution proper are
eligible to apply. Please contact your "Research Office" for full details of the eligibility criteria.
|Definition of Public Policy Research
A broad definition of ?public policy research? is adopted to cover academic research that will have explicit policy implications on public policy development in Hong Kong. To provide information for the evaluation of the proposals on their policy implications, applicants are required to state clearly in the application forms the explicit policy relevance of the proposals on public policy development in Hong Kong.
Types of Research
The funding policy of the RGC is to support as many worthwhile research projects as possible
with the funds available. The Council encourages and supports both basic and applied research
and no disciplinary priorities are laid down.
i. basic research - research for the sake of advancing the frontiers of knowledge regardless of whether it would provide immediate benefit to mankind; and
ii. applied research - efforts directed at meeting certain functional requirements which involve the application of theories to specific areas or for specific purpose, and/or enhance man's existence in the short to medium term.
Criteria for Consideration of Competitive Bids
The following criteria are used in considering competitive bids :
a. academic quality;
b.relevance to the public policy development of Hong Kong;
c. institutional commitment;
d. contribution to academic/professional development in public policy (where applicable);
e. potential for social, cultural or economic application; and
f. availability of, and potential for, non-RGC funding.
Items (c)-(f) above to be accorded equal weight, but all to be subject to (a) and (b). As regards item (f), members have agreed that the availability of matching non-RGC funding (eg from industry or Government departments) should be taken into account. As regards item (a), members have agreed that "academic quality" should cover :
- scientific and scholarly merit of the proposal;
- qualifications and track record of the (principal) investigator(s);
- feasibility within the time-scale of the proposal.