Research performance of Lingnan University recognised by latest funding results
05 Jul 2017
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 Prof Joshua Mok Ka-ho, Vice-President of Lingnan University. “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.