Be Innovative

What is KPF?

KPF is a CUHK funding scheme initiated with the UGC Recurrent Funding for Knowledge Transfer, co-supported by the SIE Fund starting from 2017. The scheme supports professors to initiate social innovation projects exemplifying the translation of academic knowledge into social impact. KPF emphasises partnership with external organisations and direct engagement with local communities, instead of one-way dissemination of knowledge.


  • Publicity and media engagement support
  • Partnership liaison

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  • Project Leader and Co-Leader(s) must be full-time CUHK staff on professoriate or research academic ranks. Other teaching staff will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • All CUHK staff, students and non-CUHK members may join as team members.

Funding Amount

Up to HK$400,000 for 1.5 – 2 years

Assessment Criteria

Impact in response to the social needs and immediate benefits to target beneficiaries
Potential to engage wider audience or strengthen the community's capacity to address social issues
Relevancy to the research outputs
Innovativeness (i.e. new approach, procedure or method to address existing problem)
Potential sustainability after the KPF fund

How to Apply?

Go to ORKTS website for more details


Important Dates

6 SEP 2021
Call for proposals
17 SEP 2021
Information Session
19 NOV 2021
Submission deadline
MAR 2022
Results announcement
1 APR 2022
Project commencement


Which category does my project belong to?

We group projects under 7 main categories, but you are free to propose your own – we look forward to your new and innovative ideas!

  • Culture & Heritage
    Promoting and preserving local culture and heritage
  • Good Health & Well-being*
    Ensuring healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
  • Gender Equality*
    Achieving gender equality and empower all women and girls
  • No Poverty*
    Ending poverty in all its forms everywhere
  • Quality Education*
    Innovating means for education and learning
  • Reduced Inequality*
    Reducing inequality in Hong Kong irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status
  • Sustainable Cities & Communities*
    Making our city and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

* These categories correspond to the Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations, learn more about the Goals here.

Why do I need a publicity plan?

From our past experience, other than having a strong cause, successful projects often have plans on recruiting participants or disseminating results to their target audience early on. We therefore strongly encourage you to come up with such plan, or to identify people or organisations that can help achieve your project’s desired outcomes earlier!

An example would be a well-established partnership with an organisation having access to your target beneficiaries. Another example would be engaging a team member with successful track record in disseminating project progress via social media.

Who needs to sign my proposal?

All proposals should be signed by the Project Leader, Co-Leader(s) (if applicable), and endorsed with signatures by their corresponding approval authorities.

Details can be found in ORKTS website.

Any budget items that KPF would NOT fund?
    Here are a few commonly included items that unfortunately would NOT be covered by KPF:

  • Capital items
  • Inviting overseas speakers / participants
  • Entertainment fees