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Applications invited for Research Fellowship Scheme under Health and Medical Research Fund
     The Health Bureau today (October 31) invited interested parties to apply for the Research Fellowship Scheme under the Health and Medical Research Fund. The scheme aims to support researchers or professionals, particularly healthcare professionals, in their early to mid-career to enhance their skills in public health and health services research. 
     The grant ceiling per award is $1.2 million inclusive of $400,000 for overseas training. Tertiary institutions funded by the University Grants Committee (UGC) and the designated teaching hospitals of the medical schools of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and the University of Hong Kong (HKU), i.e. Prince of Wales Hospital (PWH) and Queen Mary Hospital (QMH), are invited to nominate applicants for the scheme. Each applicant can only submit one application. To increase the training opportunities for young professionals, both the total number of nominations and awards will be increased in this application round. Details are summarised in the table below.
Streams Maximum number of nomination by  each tertiary institution/teaching hospital Total number of awards for each stream (Note)
Stream A: UGC-funded tertiary institutions
* CUHK and HKU
* Others


Stream B: Designated teaching hospitals of the medical schools of CUHK and HKU, i.e. PWH and QMH 8 4
     To tie in with the Towards 2025: Strategy and Action Plan to Prevent and Control Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs) in Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Cancer Strategy 2019 launched by the Government, 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 20 awards will be granted to applications that can address the four aforementioned risk factors for NCDs, with one award in each area of the risk factors.
     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.
     Applications will be subject to peer review. Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview. The assessment will take into account the capability of the applicant and his or her performance at the interview, the importance of the training proposal to healthcare development, and its relevance to the proposed research project. The proposed research project will be evaluated on its scientific merit, local relevance, and translational potential or value to public health or health services.  
     Completed electronic application forms should be submitted via the electronic Grant Management System (rfs.healthbureau.gov.hk/eGMS/) on or before 6pm on January 31, 2023 (Hong Kong time). The briefing session, which will be held on November 15 is now open for registration. For details, please refer to the website  of the Research Fund Secretariat. Enquiries can be made by e-mail to rfs@healthbureau.gov.hk.
Note: The total number of awards granted will be subject to the quality and budget requirement of the applications
Ends/Monday, October 31, 2022
Issued at HKT 10:30
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