Public Policy Research Funding
Out of the 128 proposals received in the 2012/13 PPR exercise, the RGC
approved a total of $12 million for 25 projects.
Theme-based Research Scheme
Out of the 46 proposals received in the second round exercise, 5 proposals
amounting to about $203 million were approved. The result was announced in July 2012.
The Call Circular for the third round exercise was issued on 19 July 2012, and the
deadline for submission closed on 4 October 2012.
Meeting with the European Research Council (ERC) Delegation
Dedicated to promoting and encouraging collaboration and exchanges between Hong Kong academics and the academics in the Mainland and
overseas countries, the Research Grants Council (RGC) has been actively establishing contact with funding agencies across the
globe, hoping to unearth numerous collaborative research opportunities for local
On 6 July 2012, the RGC received the delegation of the European
Research Council. The delegation was headed by Prof Donald Dingwell, Secretary General for ERC, and the visit to the RGC was
part of its journey to Asia for the “ERC goes global” Campaign. The
ERC hopes to attract exceptional research talents around the globe to
conduct research in the European Union countries.
To foster the exchange between the ERC and the local
academia, the RGC invited the Research Vice Presidents or their representatives of
all UGC-funded institutions to join the meeting with the delegation.
Prof Dingwell gave an in-depth introduction on the research schemes of the ERC and the ways how Hong Kong academics can
apply. It is hoped that the opportunities brought by the ERC to local
academics can further enhance the standard of local research through
collaboration with European investigators.
The RGC and representatives of institutions met the European
Research Council delegation.
For more information on the research schemes of the ERC, please visit:
Academic Activities of American Association for Cancer Research
The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) was established in 1907 with the mission to prevent and cure cancer
through research, education, communication, and collaboration. In August 2012, the
delegation of the AACR, led by Prof Frank McCormick FRS, the President, visited
Hong Kong and met with Prof Roland Chin, Chairman of the RGC. The AACR introduced
its wide range of work and activities, including research, conferences and
meetings, publications, etc. For more information, please visit: http://www.aacr.org/
Joining International Rice Research Institute
International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), is a non-profit research and training
organization. IRRI develops new rice varieties and rice crop management techniques that help rice farmers improve the yield and
quality of their rice in an environmentally sustainable way. They work with
both public and private sector partners in national agricultural research and extension systems in major rice-growing countries to do
research, training, and knowledge transfer. The Development Director of IRRI, Mr Duncan
Macintosh, met Prof Roland Chin, Chairman of the RGC in September 2012 to discuss the development and future of rice research.
IRRI recruits staff internationally. For parties who are interested in the positions vacant at
IRRI, please visit: