FHD research funding and policies information

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Scott Edmunds

Dear Food and Health Bureau,

Can I ask about the policies for fundees of the FHD grant programs such as the Health and Medical Research Fund and if they differ from UGC/RGC grant holders. Do your fundees have to return completion reports, and are there any policies regarding the resulting research outputs such as publications and research data?

How big are your research budgets as well, i.e. how much do you spend on research programs and grants each year?

Any information on your policies and funding would be very useful for my research.

Yours faithfully,

Scott Edmunds

Food and Health Bureau

Dear Mr Edmunds,

Thank you for your email.  We are pleased to provide information about the
Health and Medical Research Fund (HMRF) as follows:

1.        The objectives of the Health and Medical Research Fund (HMRF)
are to build research capacity and to encourage, facilitate and support
health and medical research on health policies, improve population health,
strengthen the health system, enhance healthcare practices, advance
standard and quality of care, and promote clinical excellence through
generation and application of evidence-based scientific knowledge derived
from local research in health and medicine.  On 28 April 2017, the HMRF
incorporated the functions of the Health Care and Promotion Fund and
expanded its scope to cover evidence-based health promotion projects that
help people adopt healthier lifestyles by enhancing awareness, changing
adverse health behaviours or creating a conducive environment that
supports good health practices.

2.        Compared to the UGC/RGC grant programmes which accept
applications from local tertiary institutions/higher education, funding
opportunities under the HMRF are open to all researchers and healthcare
professionals in public, private, academic sectors, non-profit-making
bodies and public hospitals.  Also, projects supported by the HMRF focus
on the translational potential/value to clinical practice and policy
formulation.

3.        On completion of approved projects, all grant holders are
required to submit a final report and dissemination report.  The reports
will be assessed and graded by the review committees.  The outcomes of
projects funded by the HMRF will be disseminated through the Research Fund
Secretariat's website, Journal Club meetings, training workshops and
symposia conducted by the Food and Health Bureau.

4.        The HMRF was established in 2011 by consolidation of the former
Health and Health Services Research Fund and the former Research Fund for
the Control of Infectious Diseases.  The funding commitment of the HMRF is
HK$2,915 million and the annual expenditure is expected to be about HK$300
million.

For more details about the HMRF, information of funded projects and
related reports, please visit the Research Fund Secretariat's website at
[1]http://rfs.fhb.gov.hk.

Thank you.

Food and Health Bureau

From:        Scott Edmunds <[FOI #162 email]>
To:        FOI requests at Food and Health Bureau <[Food and Health Bureau request email]>,
Date:        02/06/2017 17:56
Subject:        Freedom of Information request - FHD research funding and
policies information

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Dear Food and Health Bureau,

Can I ask about the policies for fundees of the FHD grant programs such as
the Health and Medical Research Fund and if they differ from UGC/RGC grant
holders. Do your fundees have to return completion reports, and are there
any policies regarding the resulting research outputs such as publications
and research data?

How big are your research budgets as well, i.e. how much do you spend on
research programs and grants each year?

Any information on your policies and funding would be very useful for my
research.

Yours faithfully,

Scott Edmunds

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Scott Edmunds

Dear Food and Health Bureau,

Thanks for getting back to me. With regards to the completion reports, are they based on or a similar format to the RGC/UGC reports that use the Common Data Collection Format?

You also say the outcomes of projects funded by you will be disseminated through your website and outreach activities. Do you have any policies (e.g. regarding open access or open data) relating to the data and any scientific publications coming from funded projects, and do you collect for information on these in the completion reports?

Yours faithfully,

Scott Edmunds

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Dear Mr Edmunds,

Thank you for your email dated 9 June 2017.

We are processing your request and will give you a substantive reply as
soon as possible.

Food and Health Bureau

 
From:        Scott Edmunds <[FOI #162 email]>
To:        FOI requests at Food and Health Bureau <[Food and Health Bureau request email]>,
Date:        09/06/2017 14:53
Subject:        Re: Freedom of Information request - FHB research funding
and policies information

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Dear Food and Health Bureau,

Thanks for getting back to me. With regards to the completion reports, are
they based on or a similar format to the RGC/UGC reports that use the
Common Data Collection Format?

You also say the outcomes of projects funded by you will be disseminated
through your website and outreach activities. Do you have any policies
(e.g. regarding open access or open data) relating to the data and any
scientific publications coming from funded projects, and do you collect
for information on these in the completion reports?

Yours faithfully,

Scott Edmunds

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Dear Mr Edmunds,

Thank you for your email.

"Completion reports" shall refer to the Final Report and Dissemination
Report that applicants are required to submit to the Research Fund
Secretariat (RFS) upon completion of any project supported by the Health
and Medical Research Fund.  Our Office does not use the Common Data
Collection Format for the completion reports.  Instead, we have our own
standard template for the Final Report and Dissemination Report.  Enclosed
please find the templates for your information.

Apart from describing the detailed scientific aspects of the study,
applicants are required to list all dissemination activities resulting
from the funded project.  These activities may take the form of
publications in peer reviewed scientific journals, presentations at
conferences and symposia or posters at scientific meetings, etc.

Applicants are free to decide in which journal they wish to publish their
data.  Currently, there is no policy restricting applicants to particular
forms of publication.  After the Final and Dissemination Reports have been
peer reviewed those deemed of high quality may be further disseminated by
the RFS on its website or published as a supplement to the Hong Kong
Medical Journal.

Food and Health Bureau

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To:        [FOI #162 email],
Date:        15/06/2017 18:18
Subject:        Re: Freedom of Information request - FHB research funding
and policies information

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Dear Mr Edmunds,

Thank you for your email dated 9 June 2017.

We are processing your request and will give you a substantive reply as
soon as possible.

Food and Health Bureau

 
From:        Scott Edmunds <[FOI #162 email]>
To:        FOI requests at Food and Health Bureau <[Food and Health Bureau request email]>,
Date:        09/06/2017 14:53
Subject:        Re: Freedom of Information request - FHB research funding
and policies information

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Dear Food and Health Bureau,

Thanks for getting back to me. With regards to the completion reports, are
they based on or a similar format to the RGC/UGC reports that use the
Common Data Collection Format?

You also say the outcomes of projects funded by you will be disseminated
through your website and outreach activities. Do you have any policies
(e.g. regarding open access or open data) relating to the data and any
scientific publications coming from funded projects, and do you collect
for information on these in the completion reports?

Yours faithfully,

Scott Edmunds

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