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  Theme-based Research Scheme–Call for Preliminary Proposals

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As mentioned in the previous issue of this newsletter, academics in Hong Kong were invited to submit "white papers" for the suggestion of "grand challenge topics" for the three selected themes of the Theme-based Research Scheme. In response, a total of over 300 white papers were received. These white papers were examined and honed down to four to six initial topics for each of the three selected themes by a White Papers Review Panel formed mainly by external experts (with overseas academics or local experts who are not full time academic staff). 

To facilitate academic staff to discuss, refine and recommend the selection of the final "grand challenge topics", a 1-day workshop on each of the research themes was held in August. On average, each of the workshops was attended by over 200 academic staff. Following presentations and discussions at the workshops, the initial grand challenge topics under each theme have been further selected and refined by the facilitators who are external experts. They were subsequently endorsed by RGC’s Ad Hoc Committee on Theme-based Research. The following grand challenge topics will be adopted in the First Round of Theme-based Research Scheme:

The theme on "Promoting good health"

Infectious diseases
Genomic medicine
Stem cells and regenerative medicine

The theme on "Developing a
 sustainable environment"

Water pollution and water treatment
Sustainable built environment
Organic photo-voltaic and light emitting diodes
Air quality
The theme on "Enhancing Hong Kong’s
strategic position as a regional and international business centre"

Hong Kong’s future as an international financial centre
Promoting Hong Kong’s business through networking capability
Promoting Hong Kong as a centre of excellence for business services innovation
Entrepreneurship and enterprise organization


Preliminary proposals under the grand challenge topics are invited from local academics, who should submit their proposals in the required format (see below) to the RGC through the Research Offices of their institutions. Applications must reach the RGC by noon on 15 November 2010. For further details, please visit RGC’s website

What should be included in the preliminary proposal?
Project Summary (1 page)
* Must contain project title, relevant theme and grand challenge topic
* should present clearly the intellectual merit and the potential impact of the proposed work
Project Description (up to 5 pages)
* Mission, goals and deliverables
* Approach and methodology
* The strength of the project team
* Why the proposal should preferably be funded by TBRS instead of other schemes?
Additional Material
* 1-page biographical sketch for each of the core team of co-Principal
* A single Powerpoint slide summarizing the key points of the proposal

Notes in preparing the preliminary proposals
The preliminary proposals should provide sufficient information about the proposed project to allow assessment of the main ideas and approaches and how it is appropriate as a Theme-based Research proposal as opposed to other existing funding programs