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Health and Medical Research Fund calls for funding applications for investigator-initiated research projects
     The Health and Medical Research Fund (HMRF) administered by the Food and Health Bureau opened for applications for investigator-initiated research projects today (December 19).

     The HMRF aims to build research capacity and to encourage, facilitate and support health and medical research to inform health policies, improve population health, strengthen the health system, enhance healthcare practices, advance standards and quality of care, and promote clinical excellence, through generation and application of evidence-based scientific knowledge derived from local research in health and medicine. Applications shall address research areas under the following themes:

(a) public health, human health and health services, and Chinese medicine;

(b) prevention, treatment and control of infectious diseases, in particular emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases; and

(c) advanced medical research in specific areas, including paediatrics, neuroscience, clinical genetics and clinical trials.

     Locally based academics, researchers and healthcare practitioners from the public and private sectors are eligible to apply. Collaborative research with non-local institutions is also encouraged.

     The normal grant ceiling is $1.5 million per project with a grant duration not exceeding three years. Each principal applicant is allowed to submit one application (either a new application or a resubmission of application). The principal applicant should be based in a Hong Kong institution throughout the project period and be employed by the administering institution at the time of submission of application.

     Applications will be subject to peer review. The vetting will take into account scientific merit, local relevance and translational potential/value of the proposals, research capacity of the administering institutions, the track record of applicants, value for money of the proposals and research ethics.

     Completed electronic application forms should be submitted via the electronic Grant Management System (https://rfs.fhb.gov.hk/eGMS) before March 29, 2018 (18:00 Hong Kong time). Briefing cum Grant Skills Training Workshops, to be held in January and February, are also now open for registration.

     Details of the research priorities, application-related materials and the workshops can be downloaded from http://rfs.fhb.gov.hk. Enquiries can be made by fax at 2102 2444 or by email to rfs@fhb.gov.hk.
Ends/Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Issued at HKT 10:48
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