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Strategic Partnership Award for Research Collaboration

(For CUHK Faculty Members)

Deadline: 30 November 2021, Tuesday

As part of the Chinese University of Hong Kong’s global engagement effort, a special funding scheme, Strategic Partnership Award for Research Collaboration (SPARC), has been established to build joint research programmes with some of the University’s key 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.

Partners & Strategic Areas for Collaboration

The current round of the Award supports collaborative research projects with selected key partners primarily in the four strategic research areas identified in the University’s Strategic Plan (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 selected partners for the current round of application include: 

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

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


Programme Guidelines and Forms

Applicants can access the guidelines for applicants, application form, proposed budget form, endorsement form and request for amendment form from the following links:



For enquiries, please contact Ms. Olivia Kwok, Office of Academic Links, on 3943-1315 or at oliviakwok@cuhk.edu.hk.


Last updated on October 2021