The Faculty consistently performs well in Research Grants Council (RGC) grant applications. In the latest RGC General Research Fund (GRF) and Early Career Scheme (ECS) 2018/19 exercise, the Faculty received funding for 50 projects with a total amount of $29.9M. The Faculty proudly achieves a 49% success rate which is the best in the engineering discipline among all UGC-funded institutions. Over the past three years, the Faculty has maintained an average success rate of 49.9%, well above the RGC's average in the engineering discipline for all universities. To top it off, SEEM Department obtained a success rate of 78% in this competitive exercise. In particular, all six SEEM professors from the Information System discipline were successfully funded, a success rate of 100%.
In addition to GRF-ECS, the Faculty received a Theme-based Research Scheme (TRS) grant amounting to $47.3M in July 2018. The funded project, titled "Image-guided Automatic Robotic Surgery", was led by Prof. Yunhui LIU (MAE Department) and comprises 17 researchers from CUHK, CityU and HKU. It is the only funded project under "Theme 4: Advancing Emerging Research and Innovations Important to Hong Kong" of TRS 2018-19, and is also the second time the Faculty wins this grant.