Prof Nancy Ip

Vice-President for Research and Development


The power of innovation and imagination

Science is at the very heart of solving the intricate challenges facing the world today. As scientists we believe that pursuing new knowledge is fundamental, but without the imagination to believe in the impossible, discovery may not happen.

Thus, at HKUST we are passionate about creativity and innovation. Despite the University’s relatively young age, we have built up a remarkably thriving ecosystem for innovation and discovery.

At the root of this system is our commitment to bring brilliant minds together to inspire ideas and collaborate. We provide centralized cutting-edge research facilities under one roof to boost interaction across disciplines and exchange of different experiences. We weave and leverage on a network with a wealth of partners, from world-class academic institutions, industry leaders to governments. We foster a university-wide culture of caring about the impact of our knowledge and how, in particular, we can apply them to real challenges, from developing cures to incurable diseases to finding smarter ways to clean up the waters in Hong Kong and China.

We live in an era of fast-paced and unpredictable change. Innovation has never been more important. It is our privilege to witness the changes, and help the society define problems brought by the changes and create innovative solutions. We will continue to forge ahead at the frontiers of knowledge.

I hope this website will provide users an insider view of the thrilling and fascinating world of research at HKUST.


The Office of the Vice-President for Research and Development provides overall leadership and oversees strategic development of the University's research and knowledge transfer. Dedicated efforts are focused on building faculty teams in targeted research areas, developing and implementing research directions across Schools and disciplines, and establishing the necessary research infrastructure to support critical and innovative research, knowledge transfer as well as our platforms in the Mainland. Under the current organization, the HKUST Fok Ying Tung Graduate School oversees the three Mainland Platforms. The Office of Knowledge Transfer oversees the Technology Transfer Center, the HKUST R and D Corporation Limited and the Entrepreneurship Center.

Research Office provides assistance in the overall management of grants / funding and contracts pertaining to research and development including dissemination of funding opportunities, providing assistance in funding / grants applications and administration of research grants / contracts to meet requirements and ensure compliance

HKUST Fok Ying Tung Graduate School is charged to oversee the University’s knowledge transfer endeavors in the University’s Mainland platforms. This mission is realized by technology transfer, industry collaboration, and spin-off. It operates as an open innovation platform and contributes to the community via technology commercialization.

Office of Knowledge Transfer and its constituent units work with a range of stakeholders including government departments, the University Grants Committee, industries, NGOs, faculty, staff, students and alumni to promote, support and facilitate the University’s technology transfer and entrepreneurship endeavors.

Technology Transfer Center serves as a bridge between HKUST research community and the business sector. TTC monitors emerging fields of HKUST research for early recognition of commercialization potential; manages intellectual properties arising from HKUST research; supports HKUST community to pursue university-industry collaboration, entrepreneurship and technology commercialization.

HKUST R and D Corporation Limited serves as the business arm for commercialization and exploitation of the research conducted at HKUST. We provide contractual, financial and administrative support for the University’s technology transfer, collaborative research and consulting activities with the industry; and manage the HKUST Entrepreneurship Program.

Entrepreneurship Center is a center to promote and support innovation and entrepreneurship in the campus. Through activities and funds, it seeks to nurture next-generation entrepreneurs whose companies make commercial, social and cultural impacts for Hong Kong and other regions.




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