CityU ranks third in research funding applications

Scarlett Leung

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Among the eight local higher education institutions in Hong Kong, CityU was ranked third in terms of the percentage of successful applications for funding from the 2008-09 General Research Fund (GRF). According to the Research Grants Council, CityU’s success rate in applying for funding was 40.7%, a marked improvement on last year’s 34.3%.

This year, a total of 127 CityU projects were funded, with a net value of $61.2m. In terms of the number of grants and their total value, this represented an increase of 16.5% and 1.5% respectively.

The excellent results once again demonstrate CityU’s relentless efforts in achieving excellence in applied research.

By subject, CityU was ranked 3rd in terms of the number of grants and level of funding in two of the four categories, namely “Engineering” and “Humanities, Social Sciences & Business Studies”. CityU also achieved a higher success rate than the sector average in “Physical Sciences”.

Four large grants in the amount of over or close to HK$1 million each have been awarded to the University. Two were granted to the Department of Biology and Chemistry, one to the Department of Manufacturing Engineering and Engineering Management and one to the Department of Physics and Materials Science.

List of CityU 2008 - 09 GRF grants over or close to HK$1m

Professor/Department

Project Title

Fund

Awarded $

Dr Sun Dong, Associate Professor, Department of Manufacturing Engineering and Engineering Management

Automation of Insertion of Genetic Materials into Embryos with a Robotic Bio-Manipulation System

$1,003,661

Dr Kelvin Yeung Wai-kwok, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics and Materials Science

Development of Novel Plasma Modified Metallic Materials for Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction

$937,210

Dr Lam Yun-wah, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology and Chemistry

Proteomic Study on Nuclear Reprogramming during Cell Differentiation

$1,308,610

Professor (Chair) Rudolf Wu Shiu-sun, Department of Biology and Chemistry

Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers: a Ubiquitous Contaminant Disrupting the Reproductive Hormones and Impairing Reproduction of Fish?

$1,020,047

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