The RGC has recently announced the application results for the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) and the Research Grants Council (RGC) Joint Research Scheme in 2021/22 Exercise. A total of 30 research projects out of 256 eligible applications for a total sum of HK$34.75 million in this round of exercise were granted.
In this highly competitive research grant, 2 full proposals submitted by The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) were funded. We are particularly proud that Dr An Liang, Associate Professor of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at PolyU, was one of the two awardees. He will receive HK$1.176 million to conduct a joint project entitled “Construction of Bismuth-based Hierarchical Nano/microstructured Electrodes and their Applications in Photoelectrochemical Cells for Solar-driven Ambient Ammonia Production” with Professor Chen Rong at Chongqing University.
The NSFC/RGC Joint Research Scheme aims to promote collaboration between researchers/research teams in Hong Kong and the Mainland on the basis of complementing the existing strengths of both sides. The grant encourages young researchers of similar fields from Hong Kong and the Mainland to foster collaboration through the dissemination of their recent and unpublished research works.
In 2020, Dr An was also awarded funding from China's Excellent Young Scientists Fund. He was one of the four young researchers at PolyU who secured this promising award. Under the National Natural Science Foundation of China, China’s Excellent Young Scientists Fund has been extended to young scientists in Hong Kong and Macau for applications from eight designated universities since 2019. It aims to support young scientists (under 38 for male and under 40 for female) who have attained outstanding achievements in fundamental research to pursue innovative research in areas of their choice, fostering them to be internationally leading scholars in their respective fields.
It is very encouraging to see that young scientist from the Department is acclaimed by the Nation to further develop scientific research in cutting-edge technologies.