The Croucher Foundation is an independent private foundation established by the late Noel Croucher in 1979 to promote the standard of the natural sciences, technology and medicine in Hong Kong. The work of the Foundation is organised into five broad areas:
- scholarships and fellowships for promising young Hong Kong scientists and medical doctors to pursue research overseas;
- research fellowships to enable scientists in Hong Kong to pursue their intellectual inclinations, and to engage in bold new work;
- conferences, workshops and collaborative research to facilitate the exchange of ideas between Hong Kong scientists and their counterparts overseas;
- demonstration lectures to promote a wider understanding of science among Hong Kong school students and undergraduate students; and
- support for any undergraduate student in Hong Kong experiencing sudden financial difficulty.
Noel Croucher entrusted the governance of his Foundation to the discretion of a Board of Trustees. Lord Todd, the Nobel Laureate and Master of Christ’s College, Cambridge was the founding President of the Foundation. The current Chairman is Professor Tak Wah Mak, a Fellow of the Royal Society, a foreign associate of the US National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and an internationally recognised pioneer in the fields of immunology and cancer research. Professor Mak took up the chairmanship of the Croucher Foundation in June 2011. The immediate past Chairman is Professor Yuet Wai Kan FRS.