Call for Proposals – IEMS Research Grants 2020


[Update 2020.04.22]  The results are announced here.  


The HKUST Institute for Emerging Market Studies (HKUST IEMS) is happy to announce the new around of IEMS Research Grants and invite research proposals.

HKUST faculty and research staff are welcome to submit application for research grants. The maximum grant amount for an individual project is HK$125,000 and the maximum for a project involving multiple Principal Investigators (PI) is HK$150,000 per PI.

Priority will be given to collaborative research projects and proposals that are oriented around the follow themes:

  1. Human capital, employment, structural change
  2. Innovation, entrepreneurship
  3. Global economic integration
  4. Financial development 
  5. Strategies, firms, markets
  6. Behavioral studies

IEMS also particularly welcomes proposals that contribute to ongoing the Institute’s research initiatives on the following topics: the Belt and Road Initiative; digital economy.

Projects can have more than one Principal Investigator (PIs) and may also include Co-Investigators (Co-Is). Only HKUST faculty can serve as PIs. Detailed terms and conditions of the Grants can be found in the Guidelines. To apply, please prepare a proposal that includes a completed grant proposal form and no more than 3 pages of text per HKUST Principal Investigator (not including references, single-spaced, 12-point font) that discusses the relevance of the project to challenges facing emerging markets specifically, the research methodology, and justifications for the budget. All application materials should be sent to by 23:59 on March 31, 2020. Funding decisions will be announced in April 2020. The IEMS Research Grants Guidelines shall always prevail in case of any discrepancy between the Call-for-Proposals or on message on the website.


For enquiries, please contact Joey Chu at 3469 2215 or

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