Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, USA
Hong Kong
News Release

Government extends funding scopes of Researcher Programme and Postdoctoral Hub


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Melissa Ng in New York City: (212) 752 3320
Wing Yan Tong in San Francisco: (415) 835 9315

Daniel McAtee in Washington, D.C.: (202) 238 6360

March 3, 2020 - The Innovation and Technology Commission (ITC) today announced that, with effect from March 9, the funding scopes of the Researcher Programme and the Postdoctoral Hub will be extended to all technology companies conducting or planning to conduct research and development (R&D) activities in Hong Kong. Eligible companies are welcome to apply for the schemes.

At present, the Researcher Programme and the Postdoctoral Hub provide funding support for organizations or companies undertaking R&D projects funded by the Innovation and Technology Fund and incubatees and innovation and technology (I&T) tenants of the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation and Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited, as well as start-ups selected for investment under the Innovation and Technology Venture Fund, to recruit researchers and postdoctoral talents to conduct R&D work. With the enhancements, the programs will assist more local technology companies in engaging research staff, creating more local R&D jobs and enlarging the pool of I&T talent in Hong Kong.

Under the enhanced schemes, each eligible company can engage two researchers and two postdoctoral talents, each with a maximum engagement period of 36 months. The maximum monthly allowances for researchers with a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree from a local university are HK$18,000 (US$2,307) and HK$21,000 (US$2,962) respectively. The maximum monthly allowance for postdoctoral talents is HK$32,000 (US$4,102). More information is available on the program websites.
Researcher Programme
Website: www.itf.gov.hk/l-eng/RP.asp
Email: rptc-enquiry@itc.gov.hk

Postdoctoral Hub:
Website: www.itf.gov.hk/l-eng/TTS-PH.asp
Email: phtc-enquiry@itc.gov.hk

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