Collaborative Research

HKUST researchers have been actively securing research funding to bring their innovative ideas to life.

HKUST was awarded a total of HK$162.6m in collaborative research funding during the reporting year, a significant increase over the HK$68m awarded in the previous year. Funding for two HKUST-led projects—"Stem Cell Strategy for Nervous System Disorders" and "Cost-effective and Eco-friendly LED System-on-a-chip"—was secured from the Theme-based Research Scheme of the Research Grants Council. In addition, HKUST was awarded over HK$24m for the project "Large-scale Study on Realization and Application of SANI Process in Sewage Treatment in Hong Kong", and over HK$11m for the project "Indoor Localization, Tracking and Navigation" by the Innovation and Technology Commission (ITC) in conjunction with the Hong Kong R&D Centre for Logistics and Supply Chain Management Enabling Technologies (LSCM).

Two Areas of Excellence projects led by HKUST researchers were awarded a total of close to HK$100m on "Novel Wave Functional Materials for Manipulating Light and Sound" and "Mechanistic Basis of Synaptic Development, Signaling and Neuro-disorders". HKUST-led teams were also awarded two National Basic Research Program (973 Program) projects by the Chinese government. Furthermore, HKUST's application to set up a Partner State Key Laboratory on Advanced Displays and Optoelectronic Technologies was approved by the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) of China.

The past year also saw HKUST submitting a total of 69 applications to the ITF scheme, representing the most applications in the past five years. In particular the University submitted 12 applications under the University-Industry Collaboration Programme (UICP). This reflects industry's desire to work with HKUST to bring innovations that meet its specific needs.