Award statistics
2021/22 No. of funded projects Total amount awarded
($ million)
Individual Research Schemes
General Research Fund 1,054 780.6
Early Career Scheme 177 113.1
Collaborative Research Schemes
Areas of Excellence Scheme@ - -
Collaborative Research Fund 32 193
Second Round One-off Collaborative Research Fund Covid-19 and Novel Infectious Disease Research Exercise 16 92.3
Research Impact Fund 12 75
Theme-Based Research Scheme 8^ 367^
Humanities and Social Sciences Prestigious Fellowship Scheme 9 2.9
Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme 300 302.7
Research Grants Council(RGC) Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme 50 60.8
RGC Research Fellow Scheme/RGC Senior Research Fellow Scheme 20 129.5
Joint Research Schemes
a) National Natural Science Foundation of China/Research Grants Council Joint Research Scheme 31 35
b) European Union – Hong Kong Research and Innovation Cooperation Co-funding Mechanism by the RGC 2 4.5
c) The French National Research Agency/RGC Joint Research Scheme 3 8.5
d) Germany/Hong Kong Joint Research Scheme 14 1.0
e) PROCORE – France/Hong Kong Joint Research Scheme 8 0.6
Competitive Research Funding Schemes for the Local Self-financing Degree Sector
a) Faculty Development Scheme 64 53.3
b) Inter-institutional Development Scheme 5 2.5
c) Institutional Development Scheme 2 9.1
Postgraduate Students Conference/Seminar Grants* 1 0.05
    Total amount matched to support research
($ million)
Research Matching Grant Scheme   693.3#

@There was no 2021/22 exercise for Areas of Excellence Scheme.

^Including two COVID-19 related projects funded by a one-off additional allocation of $100 million to support TRS research projects related to COVID-19 and Novel Infectious Diseases.

*Figure as at 28 February 2022.

#Figure for Research Matching Grant Scheme refers to the disbursed amount within the financial year from April 2021 to March 2022.