Results for the 2013/14 application cycle for the General Research Fund (GRF), Early Career Scheme (ECS) and Humanities & Social Sciences Prestigious Fellowship Scheme (HSSPFS) were announced by the Research Grants Council (RGC) on 28 June 2013. Lingnan staff have successfully obtained support for 12 GRF and five ECS projects totaling $7,670,699 in funding. In addition, two staff members also obtained support totaling $997,600 from the HSSPFS to conduct full-time research and report writing for a duration of 12 months.
Based on results in the two panels of Business Studies and Humanities & Social Sciences in which its submissions were concentrated, Lingnan’s performance ranked fourth with a success rate of 33.3% (sector-wide 33%) for GRF, and second with a success rate of 41.7% (sector-wide 33.6%) for ECS. Lingnan’s result in the HSSPFS is excellent with 100% success rate for its two applications (sector-wide 41.2%).
Lingnan’s successfully funded proposals have also been evaluated highly during this round. 46% of its GRF projects and 40% of its ECS projects were considered high quality with scores of 5.0 or 4.5 on a scale of 1.0-5.0. These are much higher than the sector-wide figure of 21-22% for both GRF and ECS. Two funded projects (one GRF and one ECS) have received the full mark of 5.0.