CityU receives more than $50 million in research funding

Craig Francis

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Almost 100 City University of Hong Kong (CityU) research projects have been awarded funding from the 2009-10 General Research Fund (GRF). The funding is granted to University Grants Committee institutions by the Research Grants Council.

The latest funding announcement revealed that 96 CityU projects were funded with a nett value of $53.4 million, representing a 31.4% application success rate.

In the category of physical sciences, CityU achieved the highest percentage of successful applications, at 68.4% compared to the sector-wide average of 57.3%. CityU ranked third overall among the eight higher education institutions in terms of the number and level of funding in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Business Studies category. In other highlights, CityU obtained the highest number of Mathematics research grants, with 13 projects receiving $6.56 million.

Five CityU projects received GRF grants worth more than $1 million (see table below). Thirteen CityU applicants from the College of Business and College of Science and Engineering received 100% funding with no reductions in their budget.

List of CityU GRF grants over $1m

Professor/Department

Project Title

Funding

Professor Igor Bello (Department of Physics and Materials Science)

Development and study of hybrid photovoltaic cells

$1,894,500

Professor Lee Shuit-tong (Department of Physics and Materials Science)

Synthesis, characterisation and application of silicon nanowire arrays for photovoltaic devices

$1,217,076

Dr Paul Shin Kam-shing (Department of Biology and Chemistry)

Functional relationships between meio- and macrobenthos in subtropical environments: analysis of trophic guilds and linkages

$1,030,132

Professor Jia Weijia (Department of Computer Science)

3G bandwidth bundling for ubiquitous wireless communications

$1,188,000

Dr Sun Dong (Department of Manufacturing Engineering and Engineering Management)

Automated micro/nano-scale execution of tasks with multiple biological cells using a table-top robotic bio-manipulation system

$1,484,960

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