Support for SMEs

Government Funding Schemes

Partnership Research Programme
Partnership Research Programme

To support applied research and development (R&D) projects undertaken by R&D Centres or designated local public research institutes in collaboration with companies.

  • Provide matching funding support for Collaborative R&D projects
  • Maximum Project Duration: 36 months
  • Industry Sponsorship: At least 50% of the total project cost
  • Intellectual Property (IP) Rights Ownership: Industry co-applicant if it contributes at least 50% of the total project cost
Eligibility and Requirement

The lead applicant must be an R&D Centre or a designated local public research institute, which should partner with an industry co-applicant to apply for PRP. The industry co-applicant can be either a company incorporated in Hong Kong under the Companies Ordinance (Cap. 622); or an industry support organisation, a trade and industry association or professional body which has the legal capacity to enter into contracts.

Five R&D centres designated by the Innovation and Technology Fund

  • Automotive Parts and Accessory Systems R&D Centre
  • Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel
  • Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute, designated as the R&D Centre for Information and Communications Technologies
  • Logistics and Supply Chain MultiTech R&D Centre
  • Nano and Advanced Materials Institute

Designated local public research institutes

  • Local universities (including all institutions funded by the University Grants Committee)
  • Self-financing degree-awarding institutions registered under the Post-Secondary Colleges Ordinance (Cap. 320)
  • The Hong Kong Productivity Council
  • The Vocational Training Council
  • The Clothing Industry Training Authority
  • The Hong Kong Institute of Biotechnology
Application Procedure
Implementation Agent
Innovation and Technology Commission