The Faculty of Arts is pleased to announce the results of the Research Grants Council’s General Research Fund (GRF) and Early Career Scheme (ECS) for 2022-23.
The GRF aims to supplement the eight UGC-funded universities’ own research support to researchers who have achieved or have the potential to achieve research excellence, while the ECS is intended to nurture junior academics and to prepare them for a career in education and research.
This year, a total of HK$10 million funding is awarded to 21 projects under the Faculty of Arts. Compared to last year, while the application success rate of GRF projects is more or less the same, the Faculty is delighted to note that there is an over 40% increase in the total funding amount for the GRF projects. It is believed such an increase fosters dissemination and quality of research and brings impact to academia and beyond. Professor Gladys Tang, Associate Dean of Arts (Research), congratulates the grant recipients of GRF & ECS of 2022-2023 and wishes them every success in their endeavours to push the frontiers of arts and humanities research for the benefit of society.
Among the awarded projects in the Faculty this year, Professor Andrew Kipnis’s project “Designs for the Dead in Hong Kong”, from the Department of Anthropology, is granted more than $1 million. This project investigates the reasons behind the public's preference for columbarium niches and explores alternative designs for memorializing the deceased. “My project involves comparing approaches to disposing of the final remains of the deceased in different large East Asian cities. The biggest challenge was how to frame my collaboration with two overseas research partners. I made the focus of the grant the HK research, but explained how the exchanges would enrich the HK research.” Professor Kipnis shared.
The Faculty pledges to facilitate the development of individual and collaborative research projects as well as programmes in order to extend their broad impact beyond academia.