The objectives of conducting research are to identify capabilities, opportunities and needs; understand models and best practices for promoting social innovation and entrepreneurship and key success factors in social impact assessment / corporate governance, etc. The research findings will help identify social issues and facilitate the formulation of strategies and solutions.
The SIE Fund will directly fund research projects.  We welcome the community to lodge proposals to the Task Force Secretariat. A list of research projects funded by the SIE Fund is as follows:

(More information about the projects is available here)

Business for Good:
Understanding the Motivations
for Business to Create Shared Value

Launched by Hong Kong Social Entrepreneurship Forum Limited in July 2019, the project aims to identify the push and pull factors for businesses to transform from profit maximization to long term and sustainable shareholder value creation, as well as create the community demand for business for social good in Hong Kong. It will recommend concrete steps to foster the development of business for good amongst Hong Kong businesses. The main beneficiaries include the local businesses which adopt shared value management strategy, their staff and target audience.


BRICKS stands for Building Research Innovation for Community Knowledge and Sustainability, which is a one-year pilot project launched by the British Council in August 2018. Its objective is to find innovative solutions to social challenges in Hong Kong by building the capacity of the social innovation research community; fostering collaboration among higher education institutes, practitioners in the civic and business communities and other organisations working at the frontline of social service delivery; and facilitate the development of research projects which will link up the city’s academics with the beneficiary groups. The project is managed by a consortium of organisations led by the British Council and comprising Professor Alex Nicholls from the Saïd Business School of the University of Oxford, the Social Innovation Exchange and the Good Lab.  Read more

Applied Research Projects

The SIE Fund is supporting the Chinese University of Hong Kong to conduct 18 applied research projects. Results of these projects will help promote social inclusion and enable beneficiaries to overcome hurdles in daily living. It is expected that more than 77 000 persons, including persons with mild neurocognitive disorder, stroke patients, elderly, ethnic minority students and women, persons with hearing, visual or speech impairment and autistic children, will benefit.  Read more

Landscape Study on Gerontechnology and Innovation in Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Council of Social Service was engaged to conduct the study which aimed to collect the views of stakeholders on the subject, enhance their understanding, and stimulate thoughts as to how to make use of innovation and technology to meet the current and future demand for elderly care and to tap the new opportunities.  Read more

Mapping the Best Practices in Social Innovation Development

The SIE Fund is sponsoring the Hong Kong Polytechnic University to conduct a research project which examines some 200 social innovation ventures local and overseas to explore the best practices in social innovation development. Findings from the project, to be completed in 2019, will provide valuable references for Hong Kong and help inspire more innovative solutions.

Research on the needs of kindergartens in teaching ethnic minority students

With the support of the Collective Impact platform, Zubin Foundation conducted a half-year research project in 2017 on the needs of kindergartens in teaching ethnic minority students. The professional views and experience of the teachers were collected to help formulate suitable measures of intervention in future.

Evaluation Study on the SIE Fund

Conducted by The University of Hong Kong and commenced in March 2016, the Study examines the Fund's overall performance in terms of both financial and non-financial impacts, the impact of intermediaries and of projects and initiatives funded or supported by the Fund. The first annual interim report of the Study was completed in October 2017. It confirms the Fund’s contributions to the ecosystem. Recommendations are also made for the Fund to further strengthen its impact. These findings will serve as useful reference for the future development of the Fund.  Read more