Teaching Company Scheme

What is the Teaching Company Scheme (TCS)?

The TCS aims to foster collaboration between university and industry. It supports local companies to take on graduate students who wish to pursue a higher degree in local universities to assist in R&D work. Key features include:

  • The Scheme will cover half of the studentship for the research student.
  • The university will provide teaching guidance to the student in handling the project.
  • The student's performance throughout the research project will be counted towards his/her degree programme.
  • The company will hold all intellectual property rights arising from the project.
  • The project should not last more than two years.

Through this arrangement, students will benefit from their practical research experience in a genuine business environment and the company will benefit from the research results. The university will have closer links with industry and a better understanding of its problem.

The following research titles are examples of projects successfully applied for TCS under ITF:

  • Conductive Adhesive Technology Programme for Fine Pitch Electronic Interconnect
  • The Study on the Adhesive Flip Chip Bonding on Flexible Substrates

or more details, please visit http://www.cityu.edu.hk/cityu/research/iris.htm.

Will my company be eligible?

Yes, if your company is a locally incorporated company. Your company will be the applicant, but you must first find a local university as the partner and identify suitable candidate(s) among the university's graduate students for the proposed R&D project.

What is the form of funding support?

The company and the Scheme will each bear half of the studentship for the graduate student. The scheme may also cover half of the insurance premium directly arising from the placement of the student in the company. Other costs of the project will be self-funded. As each student will receive a standard studentship of HK$15,000 per month and the project should not last more than two years, the maximum funding from the ITF for the studentship for each student would be HK$180,000.

How can my company apply for funding?

Your company should first agree with a local university on the project details, the selection of student(s), the expected deliverables, and if necessary, the royalty arrangements. Your company and your partner university will then need to submit a joint application to the Innovation and Technology Commission.