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Organisation

The RGC operates through subject panels and committees responsible for considering applications for research grants and fellowship applications :

  1. Subject Panels
    There are two pools of panel members, one focuses on the evaluation of proposals in General Research Fund and other funding schemes for individual research and the other on Joint Research Schemes proposals. Five subject panels namely Biology & Medicine, Business Studies, Engineering, Humanities & Social Sciences and Physical Sciences are set up under each pool. A Mechanical, Civil & Materials Engineering and System Design Sub-Panel is formed under the Engineering Panel to handle the applications relating to this area whilst five sub-panels are also formed under the Humanities & Social Sciences Panel to handle the applications in the respective disciplines. These panels consist of local and non-local academics. In assessing applications for research grants on the basis of peer review, the panels work through a network of reviewers, comprising international experts in their fields both in Hong Kong and other regions.

  2. Collaborative Research Fund Committee gives advice to the RGC on the Collaborative Research Fund, including selection and monitoring of the approved projects.

  3. Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme Steering Committee gives advice to the RGC on the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme, including selection and monitoring of the approved fellowships.

  4. Major Projects Steering Committee gives advice to the RGC on the Theme-based Research and the Areas of Excellence Scheme, including prioritizing proposals for funding and monitoring of approved projects.

  5. The Steering Committee on Competitive Research Funding for the Self-financing Degree Sector gives advice to the RGC on the three Competitive Research Funding Schemes for the Local Self-financing Degree Sector, including overseeing the implementation details of the Faculty Development Scheme, Institutional Development Scheme and Inter-Institutional Development Scheme, prioritizing proposals for funding and monitoring of approved projects. The Assessment Panel is responsible for evaluation and assessment of the three Competitive Research Funding Schemes for the Local Self-financing Degree Sector.

  6. There are three Disciplinary Committees (DC) namely the DC (Investigation), DC (Penalty) and the DC (Appeal). The DC (Investigation) gives advice to the RGC on the investigation procedures in handling alleged improprieties and make recommendations to the RGC on whether the alleged cases are substantiated or not; the DC (Penalty) gives advice to the RGC on principles and guidelines in determining the level of penalty and make recommendations to the RGC on the level of penalty to be imposed on substantiated cases; and the DC (Appeal) gives advice to the RGC on the procedures in handling appeal cases concerning research improprieties and make recommendations to the RGC on whether previous decisions on the appeal cases should be upheld, overturned or modified.

Current membership of the RGC and its panels / committees are as follows :

  http://www.ugc.edu.hk/doc/eng/rgc/about/membership/orgchart.pdf