Call for Proposals – IEMS Research Grants 2021


The Institute invites proposals for the 2021 round of IEMS Research Grants.

Since 2013 the HKUST IEMS Research Grants have supported high-quality research that provides valuable insights into the challenges facing societies, businesses and governments in emerging markets. In line with previous years, the 2021 round also gives priority to research proposals in the following areas:

  1. Human capital, employment, and structural change
  2. Innovation and entrepreneurship
  3. Economic integration
  4. Financial development 
  5. Firms, markets, and strategies
  6. Behavioral studies

We also welcome proposals that contribute to advancing the Institute’s research on the following topics: the Greater Bay Area*, the Belt and Road Initiative, and the digital economy.

Applications from all HKUST faculty and post-doctoral fellows are welcome. Priority will be given to research proposals in the abovementioned areas.

The deadline for proposals is 23:59 Sunday March 28, 2021. Decisions will be announced in April 2021.  

All applications must follow the guidelines available here (PDF).  

Download the proposal form here (Word doc). 

For enquiries, please contact Joey Chu at 3469 2215 or


*IEMS will be working with our main sponsor EY to launch a multi-year Greater Bay Area initiative in the middle of 2021.

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