Organisation

Structure

The RGC adopts the use of committees and subject panels to ensure impartiality and effective use of resources when considering research grants and fellowship applications. The committee and subject panel is comprised of qualified professionals, both local and international, with backgrounds in a diverse range of subject fields. These experts come from different academic institutions and participate in a personal capacity, meaning they do not represent their respective universities so as to maintain impartiality. https://www.ugc.edu.hk/doc/eng/rgc/about/membership/orgchart.pdf pdf file

The Research Grants Council

The RGC has six committees, two pools of panel members, and two disciplinary committees.

Committees
and Panels
Disciplinary
Committees
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It gives advice to the RGC on the Collaborative Research Fund, including selection and monitoring of the approved projects.

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It gives advice to the RGC on selection of appropriate themes and grand challenge topics for the Theme-based Research Scheme.

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It gives advice to the RGC on the Research Impact Fund, including selection and monitoring of the approved projects.

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It 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.

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It 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.

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. 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. 

(Two sub-panels are formed to handle the applications relating to civil engineering, surveying, building & construction and mechanical, production & industrial engineering as well as computing science & information technology and electrical & electronic engineering respectively)

(Four sub-panels are formed to handle the applications in the respective disciplines)

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There are two Disciplinary Committees (DC), namely the DC (Investigation) and the DC (Appeal). 

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It gives advice to the RGC on policies and procedures regarding the handling and investigation of alleged research misconduct cases and on principles and guidelines in determining the level of penalty for substantiated cases. It also makes recommendations to the RGC on whether the allegations should be substantiated or not and on the level of penalty for substantiated allegations.

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It gives advice to the RGC on policies and procedures regarding the handling of appeal cases against the decision of the RGC on the substantiation of research misconduct and/or the level of penalty imposed. It also examines the appeal cases and makes recommendations to the RGC on whether the previous decision on the substantiation and/or the level of penalty imposed should be upheld, overturned or modified.