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Open Forum on Collaborative Research

The Open Forum was held on 14 June 2012 in the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Chairmen of the RGC, Collaborative Research Fund Sub-Committee, Major Projects Steering Committee and Subject Panels (Professors Roland Chin, Albert Yee, Yip-wah Chung, Michael Chan, Louis Chan, Ronnie Hisa, Eddy Liew and Paul Yu) presented at the forum to share their experience on high-impact, collaborative projects. They also enlightened the audience of the key ingredients of successful collaborative proposals, and gave advice on the proposal preparation. The Forum was well received and the attendees had useful exchange with the speakers. Highlights of the Open Forum have been put on the RGC website. Colleagues who have missed the event can visit RGC website for the invaluable advice from the overseas experts.

The Open Forum was well received by local academics and facilitated direct and open discussion.


Chairmen of the RGC, Sub-Committees and Panels shared their experience with attendees.


Prof Roland Chin, Chairman of the RGC, encouraged academics to develop high-quality collaborative research.

Early Career Scheme (ECS)

Out of the 334 proposals received in the 2012/13 ECS exercise, the RGC approved a total of $102 million for 131 projects.

The Call Circular for ECS 2013/14 was issued on 31 August 2012. The deadline for submission is 23 November 2012.

General Research Fund (GRF)

Out of the 2,378 proposals received in the 2012/13 GRF exercise, the RGC approved a total of $517 million for the 769 projects. 

The Call Circular for GRF 2013/14 was issued on 31 August 2012. The deadline for submission is 23 November 2012.

Prestigious Fellowship Scheme for the Humanities and Social Sciences Panel (HSSPFS)

Out of the 22 proposals received in the 2012/13 HSSPFS exercise, 8 proposals amounting to about $5 million were approved.

The Call Circular for HSSPFS 2013/14 was issued on 22 October 2012. The deadline for submission is 31 January 2013.





Public Policy Research Funding Scheme (PPR)

Out of the 128 proposals received in the 2012/13 PPR exercise, the RGC approved a total of $12 million for 25 projects.

Theme-based Research Scheme (TRS)

Out of the 46 proposals received in the second round exercise, 5 proposals amounting to about $203 million were approved. The result was announced in July 2012.

The Call Circular for the third round exercise was issued on 19 July 2012, and the deadline for submission closed on 4 October 2012.

Meeting with the European Research Council (ERC) Delegation

Dedicated to promoting and encouraging collaboration and exchanges between Hong Kong academics and the academics in the Mainland and overseas countries, the Research Grants Council (RGC) has been actively establishing contact with funding agencies across the globe, hoping to unearth numerous collaborative research opportunities for local academics. 

On 6 July 2012, the RGC received the delegation of the European Research Council. The delegation was headed by Prof Donald Dingwell, Secretary General for ERC, and the visit to the RGC was part of its journey to Asia for the “ERC goes global” Campaign. The ERC hopes to attract exceptional research talents around the globe to conduct research in the European Union countries. 

To foster the exchange between the ERC and the local academia, the RGC invited the Research Vice Presidents or their representatives of all UGC-funded institutions to join the meeting with the delegation. Prof Dingwell gave an in-depth introduction on the research schemes of the ERC and the ways how Hong Kong academics can apply. It is hoped that the opportunities brought by the ERC to local academics can further enhance the standard of local research through collaboration with European investigators.

The RGC and representatives of institutions met the European Research Council delegation.

For more information on the research schemes of the ERC, please visit: 

Academic Activities of American Association for Cancer Research

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) was established in 1907 with the mission to prevent and cure cancer through research, education, communication, and collaboration. In August 2012, the delegation of the AACR, led by Prof Frank McCormick FRS, the President, visited Hong Kong and met with Prof Roland Chin, Chairman of the RGC. The AACR introduced its wide range of work and activities, including research, conferences and meetings, publications, etc. For more information, please visit: http://www.aacr.org/

Joining International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)

International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), is a non-profit research and training organization. IRRI develops new rice varieties and rice crop management techniques that help rice farmers improve the yield and quality of their rice in an environmentally sustainable way. They work with both public and private sector partners in national agricultural research and extension systems in major rice-growing countries to do research, training, and knowledge transfer. The Development Director of IRRI, Mr Duncan Macintosh, met Prof Roland Chin, Chairman of the RGC in September 2012 to discuss the development and future of rice research.

IRRI recruits staff internationally. For parties who are interested in the positions vacant at IRRI, please visit: