funding for research in Hong Kong comes from several sources, the Research
Grants Council, as part of the University Grants Committee, is recognised
as being the main public funding body that provides financial support
for academic research in Hong Kong.
In the 1999-2000
academic year, total research expenditure from all sources on research
projects, contracts, staff and studentships amounted to HK$4,451 million.
This represented approximately 0.36 per cent of Hong Kong's Gross Domestic
Product in 1999 and was a significant increase over the HK$4,026 million
expended in 1998-1999 (about 0.32 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product).
a total of 4,384 new research grants and contracts worth some HK$1,175
million were obtained by the UGC-funded institutions from all sources.
This compared with 4,308 new grants and contracts worth HK$1,111 million
for 1998-1999. Funding for new research projects during 1999-2000 totalled
research grants brought the total number of research and contract projects
in Hong Kong to 14,214 with a total value of HK$4,949 million. This compared
with 13,304 grants totalling HK$4,309 million at the end of 1998-1999.
Reports From Institutions on Research Activities
institutions are required to submit reports on their research activities
and on the use of funding from their recurrent grants and other sources
for research to the Research Grants Council.
is required to submit three reports to the Council, on an annual basis.
overview of the institution's research activities during an academic year.
A list of on-going
research projects funded by sources other than the Council's competitive
list of research publications / output by academic staff published during
an academic year.
points are summarised in the following sub-sections.
for New Projects
direct funding for academic research projects from all sources amounted
to HK$1,032.7 million in 1999-2000, compared with HK$979.4 million in
2.1 outlines the proportion of funding for new research projects by
source. Detailed figures appear in Appendix
For On-Going Projects
for on-going research projects amounted to HK$4,549.3 million in 1999-2000
compared with HK$4,013.8 million in 1998-1999. Of this figure, approximately
32 per cent came from sources other than the UGC or the Council.
2.2 outlines the proportion of funding for on-going research projects
by source, while more detailed figures are given in Appendix B.
2.3 shows the distribution of on-going funding for research grants,
plus contracts, by source of funding for each of the eight UGC-funded
Output in Hong Kong
total output of refereed and non-refereed publications in 1999-2000 was
22,226 compared with 20,886 in 1998-1999. Of this figure, 12,085 were
refereed compared with 11,376 in 1998-1999.
This is summarised
in Chart 2.4, with more detailed
figures in Appendix C.
Contacts With Other Funding Bodies
maintains regular contact with other bodies that provide funding for research.
This good working relationship ensures that applications for grants are
cross-checked to avoid unnecessary duplication.
research organisations in Hong Kong with which the Council maintains regular
Kong Jockey Club.
K Yee Medical Foundation.
and Technology Commission
Services Research Committee, and Health Care Promotion Fund Committee.
& Conservation Fund Committee.
and bodies in the Mainland concerned with funding of academic research
(such as the German Academic Exchange Service, the National Science Foundation
of China and others).