The goal of the HKUST Sustainable Smart Campus as a Living Lab is to transform our campus into one where the campus itself is a platform for learning, experimenting, and showcasing new ideas and approaches.  
Everyone is encouraged to participate!   HKUST Students, faculty, staff, and alumni are all eligible to apply for funding and implement an on-campus project.  
If you have a project idea that can demonstrate a smart approach to making our campus more sustainable, form a team and submit a proposal.  Make sure the projects include the following:

  1.     Project Champions - Projects must have at least one champion who is a full time staff or faculty serving as the project team leader and point of contact. 
  2.     Stage of development - Projects must already be sufficiently developed and ready to be implemented on campus. 
  3.     Visibility and Educational Potential - Projects must demonstrate an ability to provide a visible educational or learning outcome for the HKUST community. 
  4.     Sustainable and Smart - Projects must demonstrate that they can satisfy our definitions of being sustainable (improving the conditions by which humans can thrive over time within planetary  boundaries) and smart (use of ICT tools, technologies, and behavioural insights to communicate, connect, share information to build a vibrant community). 

  5.     Value for money - Projects will be evaluated on certain value for money metrics, such as life-cycle costs and benefits and impact to our community. 


The deadline for fourth round of funding proposal submission was in January 2021. Project teams will be notified for the updates about their funding application.

You can click here to download the full proposal form and contact us for enquiry at .

Deadline of Expression of Interest form submission 30 November 2020
Deadline of Full Proposal submission 1 January 2021
SSC Committee Review Meeting Mid January 2021 
SSC Online Pitch Day 2 March 2021 
Announcement of results Late March/April 2021


Student competition

Do you have great ideas for ways to improve our campus to be smarter AND more sustainable? Have you identified areas where new technologies or innovative approaches can improve our campus? SSC Student competition was organized in the fall and spring semester 2020 to collect creative ideas from our students. 

Campus Project Competition (Turn your idea into reality)

Groups proposed an on-campus project that will improve our campus conditions and make us smarter AND more sustainable. The top five successful group proposals were provided a budget of up to $25,000 to implement their project on campus during the 2020/21 academic year.

Innovative Solution Competition (Share a cool idea)

As a group or individually, offered a unique and creative idea on solving one of our pressing campus sustainability problems. The top five most innovative ideas received cash awards of $2,000 each.

You can now check out the winning entries of fall semester 2020 (click here now) or spring semester 2020 (click here). For activity details, you may read more details by clicking here.