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Applications invited for Research Fellowship Scheme
     The Food and Health Bureau today (August 29) began inviting interested parties to apply for the Research Fellowship Scheme under the Health and Medical Research Fund. The closing date for application is 6pm (Hong Kong time) on November 18.

     The Research Fellowship Scheme aims to support researchers or professionals in their early to mid-career, especially healthcare professionals, to enhance their skills in public health research, particularly public health policy.

     The grant ceiling per award is $1.2 million, inclusive of $200,000 for training. Tertiary institutions funded by the University Grants Committee can each nominate up to five fellowship applicants. Each applicant can only submit one application.

     The application should cover two components:

* a local or overseas training programme (regular programmes for higher academic qualifications, e.g. Master or PhD degree will not be considered); and

* a research project relating to the proposed training programme.

     Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview. Applications will be subject to peer review. The vetting will take into account the capability of the applicant and his/her performance at the interview, the support from the mentor and administering institution, the importance of the training proposal and its relevance to the proposed research project. The proposed research project will be evaluated on its scientific merit, local relevance, translational potential/value, value for money of the proposals, research ethics and the track record of the applicant.

     Application guidelines can be downloaded from rfs.fhb.gov.hk. Enquiries can be made by fax at 2102 2444 or by email to rfs@fhb.gov.hk.
Ends/Monday, August 29, 2016
Issued at HKT 11:30
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