General Research Fund (GRF) and Early Career Scheme (ECS)

General Research Fund (GRF), formerly known as Competitive Earmarked Research Grant (CERG), is administered by the Research Grants Council (RGC), Hong Kong. The RGC also administers the Early Career Scheme (ECS), which was introduced by the University Grants Council (UGC) in the academic year of 2012-13. The Scheme aims to support the newly recruited tenure-track junior faculty members, who will be competing amongst themselves to get the RGC’s funding, to conduct their outstanding research projects.


In terms of total amount of grants awarded, the Faculty of Arts has the best track record among the local institutions in respect of the humanities.



Projects funded by General Research Fund/Early Career Scheme in the last 8 years:

Year 2018-19

Year 2017-18

Year 2016-17

Year 2015-16

Year 2014-15
Year 2013-14
Year 2012-13
Year 2011-12