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Research Funding

Academics want think tank to back away

Kenneth Chan Ka-lok said academics feared research, methodology and publication of findings would be interfered with if the Central Policy Unit took control of the Public Policy Research Funding Scheme. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

A group of 400 academics have handed a petition to the government calling on its top think tank to reverse a decision to take over management of a public research funding scheme.

Wednesday, 9 January, 2013, 5:17am

Scholars may shun CPU research funds amid politicisation suspicions

Professor Roland Chin Tai-hong. Photo: Felix Wong

Academics say they may shun a public policy research grant scheme because of questions about its impartiality and academic rigour, after the government took management of the fund away from scholars and gave it to the administration's top think tank.

7 Jan 2013 - 5:44am

Research lacks industry support, expert says

Roland Chin Tai-hong says the government should co-operate with industries and the financial sector on projects. Photo: Felix Wong

Hong Kong's investment in scientific research lags other developed economies in the region as well as the mainland partly because of a lack of contributions from industry, according to the former chairman of the Research Grants Council, Roland Chin Tai-hong.

7 Jan 2013 - 5:44am

Research funding misused, reports say

Scientific research funding has become a major source of income for mainland academics, with as little as 40 per cent of the money being spent on research, mainland media say.

6 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Arts should not miss out in funding shake-up

Whenever the Hong Kong government plans to change university funding, unease ripples through the ranks of arts and humanities academics. They have good reason to worry. As with elsewhere in the world - and perhaps more so here - their disciplines are given short shrift next to those of science and business.

2 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Humanities will 'lose out' in new funding regime

Arts and humanities academics fear changes to the way university funds are allocated could see their disciplines lose out as yet greater emphasis is placed on science and medicine.

The changes are planned for the 2012-13 academic year and will see HK$750 million per year taken out of a total block grant of HK$10.8 billion for the city's eight publicly-funded universities.

27 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

In Brief

Officials report HK$13.6b deficit

1 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

'Will they use my findings? No idea'

A professor has conceded he has no idea whether his research findings will be taken on board by the relevant bureaus when formulating policy.

13 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Academic urges more funding for research

The government should commit more resources to tertiary education and review the funding mechanism, says the vice-chancellor of the University of Hong Kong.

Tsui Lap-chee said the existing mechanism - which puts the entire responsibility on the University Grants Committee - was inadequate to meet the growing demands for research.

15 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Research grants up 6pc

A total of $428 million has been awarded to universities in this year's Research Grants Council's earmarked research grants, representing a six per cent increase on last year. Altogether 691 out of the 1,698 research projects submitted have been approved, most of which went to the sciences.

2 Nov 2002 - 12:00am

CityU wins $9.6m grant funds

City University researchers in nanotechnology and shearography - the science of optical testing for construction faults - have won three of six recent funding awards for group research projects by the Research Grants Council. CityU received $9.6 million in the latest allocation of $17.85 million.

2 Feb 2002 - 12:00am

More opportunities for research

Local university researchers now have more opportunities to collaborate with their French counterparts as a result of a funding agreement between the SAR and France.

A joint research scheme was recently agreed to by the Research Grants Council (RGC) and the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (National Centre for Scientific Research).

30 Apr 1998 - 12:00am

Pledge to support research

The Chinese University of Hong Kong has pledged to create space for research development and not confine it in any way.

Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Kenneth Young said the university had formulated no practical research direction but would provide support and space for ongoing research projects.

4 Jul 1996 - 12:00am

Research grants announced

Less than half the proposals put to the Research Grants Council received funding this year, despite a 20 per cent increase in cash over 1995.

Although more projects were funded - 464 against 454 last year - there were 1,040 submissions against 888 last year and the council opted to fund the top ones in full rather than spread cash too thinly.

27 Jun 1996 - 12:00am

Bias claim over grants for local projects

UNIVERSITY researchers have accused the Research Grants Council of the University and Polytechnics Grants Committee (UPGC) of being prejudiced against local projects.

23 Jun 1994 - 12:00am

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