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Sports Science and Research Funding Scheme (SRFS)

Following the excellent results of the Hong Kong, China Delegation at the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, the HKSAR Government aims to strengthen efforts in the areas of sports science and sports medicine by adopting scientific methods and advanced technologies for athletes’ training and gear in order to help them better prepare for and participate in major international sports events and enhance their competitiveness.

The HKSAR Government and the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust (HKJCCT) have agreed to each inject HK$150 million, i.e. HK$300 million in total, into the Arts and Sport Development Fund (Sports Portion), with the entire sum earmarked for the Sports Science and Research Funding Scheme (SRFS). The SRFS aims to enhance the competitiveness of athletes and help them better prepare upcoming sports events.

Invitation for New Applications

The Scheme has now been extended to cover more major international sports events until 31 December 2028, including the 2026 Aichi-Nagoya Asian Games and Asian Para Games, as well as the 2028 Los Angeles Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. This extension provides further support and resources to enhance the competitiveness of Hong Kong elite athletes and their preparation for the upcoming Major Games.

Eligibility of Collaboration

The Hong Kong Sports Institute (HKSI) is the only eligible applicant to submit applications under the SRFS for funding approval.
Research/academic/institutional/organisational entities and National Sports Associations (NSAs) are welcomed to collaborate with the HKSI on sports science and research projects under the SRFS to help improve athletes’ performance and competitiveness. The project scope should fall under one of the following categories:

  • Commissioning of science and research projects on areas including sports science and sports medicine;
  • Purchase of equipment and software applications on scientific research related to strength and conditioning, sports science and sports medicine;
  • Further improvements to athletes’ gear, etc.

Application Procedures

The prospective Project Leads (Principal Investigators) can submit initial project briefs all year round. The Project Leads should first contact the SRFS Secretariat for collaborative discussion to ensure the proposed project is of relevance to specific elite sport needs under the Scheme.

All the initial project briefs will then be reviewed by the HKSI and discussed with the Project Leads in order to determine a mutually agreed project direction. If a project direction is agreed upon, the Project Lead will proceed to create a detailed project proposal with detailed methodology, milestones, and budget. The Project Leads should then submit a completed Application Form with reference to the “Disbursement, Accounting and Monitoring Arrangements” (DAMA) to the SRFS Secretariat by post, email, or online application portal three months before the scheduled project vetting meetings. Details of the application procedures for the SRFS are provided below.

1. Application Submission and Deadline:

Closing Date for Submission of Applications Project Vetting Meetings*
30 April 2024 July 2024
31 October 2024 January 2025
30 April 2025 July 2025
31 October 2025 January 2026
30 April 2026 July 2026

* Meeting dates are tentative and subject to change

2. Essential Documents for Applications:

3. Application Submission Methods:

  • By Post: SRFS Secretariat, Hong Kong Sports Institute, 25 Yuen Wo Road, Sha Tin, N.T., Hong Kong
  • By Email:
  • By Online Application Portal: The Online Application Portal is available here

Any enquiries related to the SRFS should be directed to the Secretariat at 2681 6428,
or e-mail