Call for applications: Strategic Partnership Award for Research Collaboration (Deadline: 1 March 2023)

The Strategic Partnership Award for Research Collaboration (SPARC) is now inviting applications.

As part of the Chinese University of Hong Kong’s global engagement effort, the Strategic Partnership Award for Research Collaboration (SPARC) was established in 2021 to build joint research programmes with some of the University’s priority partners. The aim of SPARC is to seed new collaborative research programmes in the University’s strategic research areas which will be impactful and can be sustained through external funding sources for the next phase of their development.

The current round of the Award supports collaborative research projects with priority partners primarily in the four strategic research areas identified in CUHK 2025, which are China: Tradition and Modernity; Innovative Biomedicine; Information and Automation Technology; and Environment and Sustainability. Projects which do not fall within the four areas may also be considered.

The priority partners for the current round of application include:

  • National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • The University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • The University of Chicago, USA
  • The University of Queensland, Australia
  • University College London, UK
  • University of California Los Angeles, USA
  • University of California, San Diego, USA
  • University of Exeter, UK
  • University of Toronto, Canada
  • Utrecht University, the Netherlands
  • Others (with justifications)

While the current round of application will focus on the priority partners listed above, strong applications to work with other top-tier institutions will also be considered.

An award of up to HK$150,000 will be provided to each selected application. Projects will be funded for a period of 12 months during June 2023–May 2024. For further information, please refer to the webpage. The application deadline is Wednesday, 1 March 2023.

For enquiries, please contact Ms. Olivia Kwok, Office of Academic Links, on 3943-1315 or at

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