Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) presented more than 120 of its latest and most significant research projects at an exhibition. The projects were funded by the University Grants Committee and the Research Grants Council. The research projects were undertaken by researchers from the university's 26 academic departments. The projects were grouped under four disciplines - engineering; biology and medicine; physical science and humanities; social sciences and business studies. The display covered both academic and contract research that showed the university's vibrant and dynamic research culture. The exhibition provided a chance for the public to see the university's academic and applied research achievements. At present, there are over 2,000 on-going research projects at PolyU. They university has been granted $36.88 million by the Research Grants Council for projects in the year 1999-2000. The university has also announced a provisional strategic plan for the next seven years to further strengthen its research and postgraduate studies. Professor Edwin Cheng Tai- chiu, vice-president of research and postgraduate studies, said the plan included a series of projects aimed at improving the quality of PolyU's research activities and developing its strengths. He also said that the university firmly believed that teaching was its most important function and that research was one of its strategic priorities. 'We always strive to ensure that our applied research supports the development of industry, business and the community. It will enhance the quality of life and contribute to society's social and economic development,' he said. As part of the seven-year plan, the university hopes to concentrate on research with marketable applications. It is hoped that this will create wealth and elevate areas of research to world-class excellence. The research will also strengthen the relationship industry and selected institutions.