HKU Scores Outstanding in RGC Research Funding Programs 2021/22


The University of Hong Kong (HKU) has achieved outstanding results in both peer-reviewed research funding programs under the Research Grants Council (RGC) in the 2021/22 funding exercise.

The University continued to receive the highest number of scholarships under the Collaborative Research Fund (CRF) this year. Among the 25 research projects of the CRF group funded by the RGC, HKU has been funded with seven projects as a coordinating institution and participates in another 12 projects led by sister institutions. HKU also participates in 4 other equipment grant projects. Total funding received for group research projects is $40.3 million.

In 2021/22, the RGC has allocated an additional $100 million to support the CRF’s second Coronavirus and New Infectious Diseases research exercise. HKU won seven out of 16 projects and received $36 million, or 36% of the total amount awarded.

HKU has obtained five of the 12 awarded projects under the Research Impact Fund (RIF) program. Launched in 2018/19, the Research Impact Fund (RIF) aims to promote impactful and translational collaborative research projects and encourage scholars to articulate the potential of research to deliver benefits to the wider community. The five projects coordinated by HKU are led by members of the faculties of Engineering (2), Medicine (1) and Social Sciences (2) receiving total funding of $32.695 million.

HKU Vice President and Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research), Prof. Max Shen congratulated all successful applicants and their research teams. He said, “The grants are a clear demonstration of the research competitiveness of the University’s faculties and researchers. Their success in securing funding also recognized the University’s excellent performance in teaching, learning and research, as well as the outstanding achievements and strengths of our scholars. I hope HKU members will continue to address important issues in their fields with innovative ideas, in order to elevate the University’s research in a wide range of fields to world-leading levels.

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