The Hong Kong Institute for Monetary and Financial Research (HKIMR) is the research arm of the Academy of Finance (AoF) and affiliate of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA).

The Open-bid Applied Research Programme of the HKIMR aims to publish high-quality research studies that explore topics relevant to the financial services industry and regulators in Hong Kong. To achieve this goal, we invite researchers to submit research proposals that address topics within one (or more) of the following themes:

1. Digitalisation of financial services, financial innovation and financial stability. Research proposals on the following topics are especially encouraged: blockchain, centralised/decentralised finance, metaverse, digital currencies, virtual assets and cybersecurity

2. Green and sustainable finance and their implications for the financial services industry. Research proposals on the following topics are especially encouraged: climate risk measurement and management, the role of disclosures and standards in the green transition, design of carbon trading schemes, and economic implications of carbon neutrality

3. Enhancing financial connectivity between Hong Kong and Mainland China. Research proposals on the following topics are especially encouraged: offshore RMB market developments, and impact of mutual market access schemes on financial markets and economic welfare

4. Developments in the microstructure of financial markets and their impact on market quality and financial stability. Research proposals on the following topics are especially encouraged: market fragmentation, market quality and resilience, and markets and institutional structure for assets with guaranteed returns

5. Recent macroeconomic developments and their implications for the financial services industry. Research proposals on the following topics are especially encouraged, particularly if the proposals have potential implications for the development of the financial services industry: Emerging trends in the labour markets for financial services, post-COVID supply-chain management, stagflation and high-for-long interest rate environment, and intangible assets in corporate balance sheets: collateralisation and risk management 

The deadline for the submission of applications is 15 January 2023. The results of the selection process will be notified to successful applicants by May 2023. Further details and the submission guidelines can be downloaded here.

For submissions and further enquiries please contact [email protected].

Please note that:

Research projects that are completed or close to completion (e.g., projects for which a working paper has been already circulated and/or presented at conferences/seminars, etc.) will not be considered.