Leading researchers at PolyU have joined forces with peers at other local universities to conduct research funded by the University Grants Committee (UGC) on themes of strategic importance to Hong Kong’s long-term development. In the Theme-based Research Scheme 2020/21 run by UGC’s Research Grants Council (RGC), PolyU will contribute its expertise in the following three joint research projects:


Project TitleThemePolyU Researcher as Co-Principal InvestigatorApproved Budget
(HK$ million)
Towards Personalised and Innovative Treatment for Acute Myeloid LeukaemiaPromoting good healthDr Alvin Ma
Assistant Professor, Department of Health Technology and Informatics
Assess Antibiotic Resistome Flows from Pollution Hotspots to Environments and Explore the Control StrategiesDeveloping a sustainable environmentProfessor Li Xiangdong
Chair Professor in Environmental Science and Technology;
Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of Construction and Environment
A High-performance Distributed Machine Learning Framework for Graph-based Streaming Data with Smart City ApplicationsAdvancing emerging research and innovations important to Hong KongProfessor Cao Jiannong
Chair Professor of Distributed and Mobile Computing, Department of Computing


A total of seven research proposals were approved this year, with a total budget of HK$263 million, of which HK$230 million will be funded by the RGC and the remaining HK$33 million will be provided by the universities concerned. The projects, which were selected following a series of rigorous peer reviews, aim to tackle key challenges identified by the Hong Kong SAR Government, and are expected to have a significant positive societal and economic impact on Hong Kong.


PolyU is committed to transforming research excellence into impactful innovations through multidisciplinary and inter-institutional collaborations.