Call for Proposals – RGC General Research Fund (GRF) / Early Career Scheme (ECS) 2022/23


The RGC is now inviting applications for General Research Fund (GRF) and Early Career Scheme (ECS) 2022/23.  The Call for Proposals and relevant application guidelines can be accessed through the Research Office’s website.  



For GRF, full-time academic staff who are wholly funded by HKUST may apply. Details please refers to the relevant RO webpage.

Academic staff within three years of his/her academic job as an Assistant Professor or career equivalent involving teaching and research duties and in full-time substantiation track/tenure track position may apply for ECS.



Principal Investigators (PIs) as applicants please read the Guidance Notes for GRF / ECS carefully before completing the application form.  Details on the funding schemes are available at the RGC’s website for GRF and ECS.  All applications must be submitted through the RGC Electronic System. Please contact the RO if you need to create an account or forget password for the existing account.


Important Note: 
All applications should be submitted to the RGC system before RO’s internal deadlines with all the two/three levels of internal approval obtained. The related duly completed online ORPA form should also be submitted before the same internal deadlines.

For details on the following essential information, please refer to RO's website 

New Arrangements in 2022/23 exercise

  • Revised Application Forms and Guidance Notes are adopted this year
  • No external links should be embedded in the application form
  • Declarations of time commitments are required to be made by PIs



Date Tasks / Events

7 or 14 Oct 2021

Internal deadlines for submission to RO

  • 7 Oct – for applications requesting English editing from RO
  • 14 Oct – for applications do NOT require English editing from RO
    All applications must obtain the endorsements from ALL approving levels via the RGC Electronic System by the above internal deadlines. 


Please note that a workshop on RGC GRF/ECS proposal preparation was held on 17 August 2021.  Relevant materials of the workshop are available at RO’s website


For enquiries, please contact the following RO's staff:

Ms. Maggie Hui, tel: 2358 6923; email: (SENG, SHSS)

Mr. Donald Wong, tel: 2358 7930; email: (SSCI, SBM & IPO)

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Ms. Maggie Hui, tel: 2358 6923; email: (SENG, SHSS)

Mr. Donald Wong, tel: 2358 7930; email: (SSCI, SBM & IPO)

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