Lingnan scholars have successfully obtained funding support for 13 General Research Fund (GRF) and five Early Career Scheme (ECS) projects totaling over HK$6.8 million in the 2015/16 funding exercise of the Research Grants Council (RGC). The amount of funds obtained is more than double of last year’s HK$3.1 million. Results of the funding exercise, released by the RGC on 30 June, is a vivid demonstration of Lingnan’s unique research strength.
For GRF applications, Lingnan has 13 projects funded out of 36 applications, ranking second among all the eight UGC-funded institutions with a success rate of 36.1% (sector-wide is 34.9%). Lingnan’s performance in the panel of Humanities & Social Sciences is excellent with a success rate of 47.4% (sector-wide is 32.7%) which is the highest among the institutions.
Lingnan’s performance topped the chart in ECS applications with a success rate of 71.4% (sector-wide is 39.9%), and five out of seven proposals succeeded in obtaining funding. Lingnan also came first under the panel of Humanities and Social Sciences with a success rate of 66.7% (sector-wide is 34.3%). Among the ECS proposals submitted, 43% have been evaluated as having high quality with ranks of 4.5 or 5 (on a scale of 1 to 5), which is much higher than the sector-wide figure of 20%.