Research performance of Lingnan University recognised by latest funding results
Lingnan University achieved outstanding results in the 2017/18 funding exercise of the General Research Fund (GRF), Early Career Scheme (ECS) and Humanities and Social Sciences Prestigious Fellowship Scheme (HSSPFS). It is a recognition to the University’s research performance.
The Research Grants Council has announced in late June the application results of its GRF, ECS and HSSPFS in 2017/18. Lingnan University has successfully obtained funding support for 16 GRF and 6 ECS projects at a total amount of about HK$7.4 million. Comparing with the results last year, it is more than doubled in terms of the number of successful projects (last year 10) and a 61% increase of fund (last year HK$4.56 million).
For GRF applications, in the Panel of Humanities and Social Sciences Lingnan ranks second among the eight UGC-funded universities with an application success rate of 31.4% compared with the sector-wide average of 23.9%. In the subject discipline of Humanities and Arts under the Panel, Lingnan ranks top with an application success rate of 36.8%, while the sector-wide average is 25.9%.
For ECS applications, Lingnan topped the chart with six out of nine proposals succeeded in obtaining funding, with an application success rate of 66.7% that is higher than the sector-wide average of 38.1%. Lingnan also came first under the Panel of Humanities and Social Sciences with an application success rate of 83.3% compared to the sector-wide average of 35.6%. In the subject discipline of Humanities and Arts under the Panel, all five proposals submitted by Lingnan succeeded in obtaining funding, achieving a remarkable application success rate of 100% compared to the sector-wide average of 54.8%.
As regards the HSSPFS, Lingnan also scored an application success rate of 100%, and is one of only 5 successful projects among the 21 applications from all the eight UGC-funded universities.
“The latest round of Research Grants Council funding results has ascertained Lingnan’s endeavours in building up its unique research capability and impactful research,” said Vice-President Prof Joshua Mok Ka-ho. “It is encouraging to see that our young scholars are demonstrating great potentials in quality research, as revealed by the fact that we have ECS application success rates of 71.4%, 60% and 66.7% in the three years starting from 2015/16, which is consistently far higher than the sector-wide average of 39.9%, 42.3% and 38.1% respectively.”
“We shall continue to consolidate our research strengths, and forge closer ties with eminent institutions to promote regional and international collaborations for research excellence,” added Prof Mok.
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