ITF - Logistics and Supply Chain Management Enabling Technologies (LSCM)

Hong Kong R&D Centre for Logistics and Supply Chain Management Enabling Technologies (LSCM R&D Centre) is established with funding support from the Innovation and Technology Commission of the HK SAR Government. The Centre focuses on the following R&D areas:

  • Infrastructure Information Technology System
  • Internet-of-Things (IoT) and RFID Technology
  • Location-based Service (LBS) Technology
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Analytics and Applications
  • Supply Chain Security
  • Financial Services & e-Commerce Technology

Programmes for applications

Platform Research Programme - All platform projects require industry sponsorship from at least one private sector company which covers at least 10% of the total project cost. The companies should not be related to the lead applicant by ownership or management. Sponsorship can be in the form of cash, in-kind contributions, or a combination of the two.

Waiver of industry sponsorship requirement for Platform Research Projects
The ITC may consider waiving the sponsorship requirement for projects initiated by Government bureaux/departments and statutory bodies#. Applicants who wish to apply for the waiver should include the following information in the proposal:
  • a clear indication of the application for waiver of industry sponsorship requirement
  • justification and supporting information showing there are difficulties in seeking industry sponsorship in the prevailing circumstances and the proposed project has clear community interests
  • a letter of support from the relevant bureau/department or statutory body#
# ‘statutory bodies’ do not include local universities, R&D Centres and other designated public research institutes under the ITSP.

Collaborative Research Programme - For collaborative projects, the industry co-applicant should cover no less than 30% of the total project cost during the project period.  Industry co-applicants can be one of the following; a private sector company incorporated in Hong Kong under the Companies Ordinance (Cap. 32), an industry support organisation, a trade and industry association, or a professional body with the capacity to enter into contracts.  The IP rights generated during the project may be owned by the industry co-applicant if it has contributed more than 50% of the total project cost during the project period.  Collaborative Research Programme applications are accepted throughout the year.

Cash Rebate for Company Sponsors of ITF projects

Company sponsors will receive a cash rebate equivalent to 40% of its expenditure (cash and in-kind contributions) in the funded ITF projects. Details of the ITC Cash Rebate Scheme is available at the ITC website: http://www.itc.gov.hk/en/funding/crs.htm

Application & Submission

Internal Deadline:17 November 2017
LSCM Deadline: 24 November 2017 (5:00pm HK time)
Applications should be submitted electronically through the ITCFAS II at the ITF website: https://itcfas.itf.gov.hk/itcfas/

University’s endorsement is required for each application.  Please forward the completed application (in both hard and soft copies) with the signed endorsement form to RO (email: rose@cityu.edu.hk).

Application documentation:

Please include the following budget items in each application:
1) External audit fees ($8,000 per year for total project cost less than 1 million. $14,000 per year for total project cost between $1 million and $5 million, $20,000 per year for total project cost more than $5 million), and

2) Administrative overhead charge:
Platform Research Projects: 15% x Total [Manpower+ Equipment+ Other Direct Cost - Industry Sponsorship]
Collaborative Research Projects: 15% x Total [Manpower + Equipment + Other Direct Cost]

Relevant link
LSCM websites:
http://www.lscm.hk/eng/call-for-proposals.php
http://www.lscm.hk/eng/channel.php?channel_id=10176