Fund for Innovation, Technology, and Social-wellbeing (FITS)

What is FITS?

To fill the gap between proof of concept and practical models of social innovation initiatives in EdUHK, the KT Sub-office of Research & Development Office (RDO) launches the “Fund for Innovation, Technology, and Social-wellbeing” (FITS) scheme.  FITS is supported by The Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Fund (SIE Fund) of HKSAR to support applied research projects for tackling poverty and social exclusion to identify social issues in Hong Kong and facilitate the formulation of strategies to make practical and sustainable solutions.
The applied research projects of FITS must be under one of the following categories related to local social issues:
1) Education;
2) Public Health;
3) Art and Culture or
4) Social Reconstruction.
Aligning with the Government’s new targeted poverty alleviation strategy, community-based innovative applied projects that are dedicated to addressing social issues targeting individuals (1) residing in subdivided units, (2) from single-parent households, and (3) from elderly households will be of higher priority during the evaluation process.
The project period will be 12 to 24 months and the fund ceiling is HKD$400,000 per project.
The project should be community-based which has to consist of at least one external partner, such as government units, organisations, schools, associations, and social enterprises, who will co-create and co-develop in the project and be willing to bring the new social innovation initiatives to the community. Each project has to develop a research prototype (tangible or intangible) or conduct a community trial / pilot program to help the direct beneficiaries during the funding period.


All full-time academic staff of the University in their capacity as “project leader” are eligible for applications.

Important Dates

Applications to reach RDO KT Sub-office 15 May 2024
Applications to be considered under assessment panels May – June 2024
Applicants to be informed of the Results July 2024

Application Procedure

Applicants should complete the application form and send the draft proposal and budget to the Finance Office for budget review.
Completed applications and cleared budget should be sent to Miss Sharon Li of KT Sub-office on or before 15 May 2024 (Wednesday). Please be reminded to submit the budget to the Finance Office on time and allow sufficient time for the clearance of the budget vetting procedure. Please note that retroactive or late applications are normally NOT considered.


Miss Sharon Li
Tel: 2948 7761
Mr Lemon Kwan
Tel: 2948 8158