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Over $200 Million Granted for Pushing Knowledge Frontier

(Photo by Keith Hiro )

When you examine cell movement through a microscope, or look at the universe through a telescope, you will be fascinated and realize what we know is nothing compared to the sum of knowledge in the galaxy.

CUHK recently secured funding for four research projects in the fields of human health, energy and its sustainable development, as well as cell function from the Research Grants Council (RGC). The research projects will help to probe into the mysteries of the cosmos from the micro to the macro.

RGC announced the funding results of the third round of the Theme-based Research Scheme (TRS) and the sixth round of the Areas of Excellence (AoE) Scheme. All six selected proposals have the participation of CUHK researchers, with four being led by them. Together CUHK received funding of over HK$200 million.

Prof. Joseph J.Y. Sung, Vice-Chancellor of CUHK, was pleased that CUHK researchers' achievements were being recognized: 'The funding results demonstrate CUHK's leading position in many research disciplines.' He said the University would continue to strive to scale new heights in research and aim at becoming a world leader in the selected areas.

The AoE Scheme was set up to encourage institutions to build upon their existing strengths and develop them into AoEs. Such areas would be recognized internationally as of equal status to their peers in the same subject areas, and justify the additional investment in state-of-the-art facilities and activities which would help them maintain their lead. The objective of the TRS is to focus academic research efforts of the institutions on themes of strategic importance to the long-term development of Hong Kong.