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Applications invited for Research Fellowship Scheme
     The Food and Health Bureau today (August 28) invited interested parties to apply for the Research Fellowship Scheme under the Health and Medical Research Fund.
     The scheme aims to support researchers and professionals in their early to mid-career, particularly healthcare professionals, to enhance their skills in public health research and health services research.
     To tie in with the launch of the Government's Towards 2025: Strategy and Action Plan to Prevent and Control Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs) in Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Cancer Strategy 2019, higher priority will be accorded to applications that address cancer and the preventable or modifiable risk factors for NCDs, namely smoking, alcohol drinking, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity. Subject to the quality of the applications, at least four of the eight awards will be granted to applications which can address the aforementioned four factors for NCDs, with one award in each area.
     The grant ceiling per award is $1.2 million, inclusive of $400,000 for overseas 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:
* An overseas training programme (regular programmes for higher academic qualifications, e.g. Master or PhD degrees, will not be considered) with attachment to a reputable institution for at least three months cumulatively throughout the fellowship period; and
* A small-scale research project relating to the proposed training programme with no more than three research objectives. Pilot studies and proof of concept studies are also welcomed.
     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 provided by the mentor, 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 or value, value for money of the proposals, research ethics and the track record of the applicant.

     The application period will close at 6pm on November 19, 2020. Application guidelines can be downloaded from the 
website of Research Fund Secretariat. Enquiries can be made by fax at 2102 2444 or by email to rfs@fhb.gov.hk.
Ends/Friday, August 28, 2020
Issued at HKT 11:00
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