Award statistics
2019/20 No. of funded projects Total amount awarded
($ million)
Individual Research Schemes
General Research Fund 1 058 777.4
Early Career Scheme 163 107.8
Collaborative Research Schemes
Theme-Based Research Scheme 5 200.0
Collaborative Research Fund 24 121
Research Impact Fund 11 72.7
Fellowships
Humanities and Social Sciences Prestigious Fellowship Scheme 8 2.8
Joint Research Schemes
a) National Natural Science Foundation of China/Research Grants Council Joint Research Scheme 24 26.2
b) The French National Research Agency/Research Grants Council Joint Research Scheme 3 7.7
c) European Union – Hong Kong Research and Innovation Cooperation Co-funding Mechanism by the Research Grants Council 2 5.7
d) Fulbright – RGC Hong Kong Senior Research Scholar/Research Scholar Award Programmes 7 1.4
e) Germany/Hong Kong Joint Research Scheme 16 1.2
f) PROCORE – France/Hong Kong Joint Research Scheme 11 0.7
Competitive Research Funding Schemes for the Local Self-financing Degree Sector
a) Faculty Development Scheme 61 44.5
b) Inter-institutional Development Scheme 7 3.2
c) Institutional Development Scheme 7 26.5
Conference/Seminar Grant
Postgraduate Students Conference/Seminar Grants* 16 0.7
    Total amount matched to support research
($ million)
Research Matching Grant Scheme   553.5

The Areas of Excellence Scheme is conducted every two years and no exercise was conducted in 2019/20.

*Figure as at 29 February 2020.