Nov 3, 2017
This report details evidence input into the Review of the Research Grants Council, the Hong Kong agency responsible for distribution of research funding through competitive grants. We used focus groups, interviews, surveys, an online consultation and documentary analysis to explore the strengths and weaknesses of the RGC funding assessment and allocation process and identify areas for future improvement.
Hong Kong has a dual public research funding system, consisting of both a block grant and a competitive grant system. The Research Grants Council (RGC), established in 1991 with the objective of building up research capability in Hong Kong, is responsible for the competitive grant system. It is responsible for the distribution of research funding through competitive grants, as well as for advising the Government of Hong Kong, through the University Grants Committee (UGC), on the needs of Hong Kong's higher education institutions in terms of academic research.
The UGC launched a Review of the RGC, to ensure funding is used and managed efficiently and meets the needs of Hong Kong. The review was headed by a Task Force formed under the UGC. RAND Europe was appointed by the UGC to assist the Task Force in the Review of the RGC (Phase I).
We used focus groups, interviews, surveys, an online consultation and documentary analysis to explore the strengths and weaknesses of the RGC funding assessment and allocation process and identify areas for future improvement.
Achievements of RGC Grant giving
Processes of RGC Grant Allocation and Review
Review of the Role of RGC in Strategic Research Directions
Areas for Improvements of Grant Review Processes
Concluding Observations from the Research Findings