Call for Proposals - Teaching Development Grant (TDG) / Teaching Start-Up Grant (TSG) 2021/22

Dear Colleagues,

The University Grants Committee (UGC) has been allocating the Teaching Development and related grants (TDG) to local institutions since two decades ago, to encourage institutions to adopt innovative approaches in teaching, to improve the learning environment for students and to promote professional development of teaching staff. In addition, the Teaching Start-Up Grant (TSG) has been made available since 2012 especially for new faculties joining the University. Projects funded by the Grants are required and expected to produce outputs on demonstrated and direct teaching and learning benefits. Equally important are the projects’ emphasis in support of the incorporation of problem-based learning and research elements to equip students with the tools to find creative solutions to real-world problems.

In order to facilitate project investigators to maximize the positive impact and contributions to CityU's teaching and learning environment, the TDG and TSG are now calling for proposals for the Semester A 2021/22 exercise. 

The funding ceiling for TDG is HK$240,000 for each project. Projects involving overseas collaboration may request up to HK$270,000 for each project.

The funding ceiling for TSG is HK$120,000 for each project. Colleagues who have joined the University in Semester A 2019/20 (1 September 2019) and thereafter, and who have not been awarded a TSG, are eligible to apply.

Proposals that demonstrate teaching benefits, innovations and deliverables in general terms rather than being discipline-specific will be considered with higher priority.

In addition, the TDG Approval Panel agrees the use of the TDG budget for the deployment of research students in 2018-19 (initiated by the Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies (SGS) followed by liaising with the Finance Office), in the form of studentship with condition that the concerned research students shall work on the TSG/ TDG projects. Regarding the recruitment of research students and studentship arrangements, please refer to the SGS's handbook and their home page for details.

Please visit the TED website for application details. To apply, please use the appropriate TDG or TSG application forms to submit a brief proposal to <> on or before 30 September 2021. Application will be assessed by the Teaching Development Grants Approval Panel. Results will be announced by end of November 2021. Applicants with on-going TDG/TSG projects do not need to re-apply.

A briefing session is scheduled for 8 September 2021 (Wednesday) at 10:00 am – 11:00 am (Room B5-117, Yeung Kin Man Academic Building) to answer questions you may have about the Grants application. Interested colleagues please contact us at

Please feel free to contact us if further information/clarification is required: Mr Raymond Chan ( tel: 3442 6740).

Talent and Education Development Office (TED)