Research Committee

The University’s research strategies and policies are formulated by the Research Committee, a committee chaired by Professor Fanny M. C. Cheung, the Pro-Vice-Chancellor with responsibility for research matters.

The committee’s members include the Associate Deans (Research) of each Faculty and several senior academic members appointed in a personal capacity by the Vice-Chancellor. The main duties of the Research Committee are to examine research policy issues and make appropriate recommendations, to foster the development of high-quality, multi-disciplinary research at the University, and to monitor and report on the progress of research projects.

 

Main Areas of Support for Established Researchers

The Chinese University of Hong Kong aspires to be acknowledged locally, nationally and internationally as a first-class comprehensive research university.

In support of this vision, the University has adopted a liberal policy on research activities that seeks to encompass both breadth and depth of research. The University fosters high-quality research over a broad front in its eight Faculties, but it also realizes the importance of focusing preferential resources in selected areas in order to achieve regional and global impact in selected academic areas. Accordingly, while encouraging basic and applied research in all academic areas, the University has identified five existing areas of eminence for strategic research investment: Chinese studies, biomedical sciences, information sciences, economics and finance, and geo-information and earth sciences.

New resources, including endowment income and specific external donations, are channelled towards these strategic areas under the University’s Focused Innovations Scheme. Besides funding the five areas of eminence and other existing and potential areas of research strength, the scheme also supports high-flying groups and individuals with the potential for achieving even greater impact. It also exploits exceptional opportunities for building capacity in scholarship.

 

VC Discretionary Fund

A VC Discretionary Fund was set up in 2014-15. The Fund is jointly held by the Vice Chancellor, Provost and PVC for Research, with the objective to identify strategic/outstanding areas/groups which are in need of special financial support, such as AoE projects, Theme-based Research projects, State-key Laboratories, special equipment grant under Central Research Fund, and young research centres/groups with ample potentials, etc. The scope of the Fund will also be extended to benefit teaching and learning activities.

 

Support for External Funding Applications

One of the most important sources of external grant funding is the Research Grants Council (RGC)’s General Research Fund (GRF, grants from this source used to be known as Competitive Earmarked Research Grants).

  • Under the new Research Incentive Scheme, every Principal Investigator of a successful GRF project will receive a grant as a top-up fund.
  • Funds have also been set aside to enable Principal Investigators to improve the content of their GRF applications by seeking an External Review.
  • Editing Service is available from the Research Administration Office's Academic Editor, one of whose main duties is to edit GRF and other external grant applications.

Researchers are also encouraged to compete for funds from the RGC’s Collaborative Research Fund (CRF, formerly Central Allocation).

  • Under the Group Research Scheme, successful CRF projects are provided top-up funds. For projects that have been shortlisted but not ultimately funded, grants can be provided to help the project teams strengthen their work and re-submit the proposals to the RGC within two years.
  • Support for liaison expenses can be made available to shortlisted applicants to assist with out-of-Hong Kong liaison, to help them make a more convincing RGC presentation.

 

 

Conference Grants

Researchers are encouraged to present papers at conferences and seminars both in Hong Kong and abroad. The University provides Conference Grants for Teaching Appointees that cover their air fare, registration fee and daily expenses. It also, through the Global Scholarship Programme for Research Excellence, provides an allowance of $20,000 to $30,000 to encourage established researchers to spend several weeks at leading international universities or institutes to develop proposals for high-impact research collaboration with their hosts.

 

 

Non-monetary Incentives

Every year the University recognizes and encourages outstanding research performance through a number of Research Excellence and Young Researcher Awards.

 

This page was last updated on June 22, 2015.