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Build up SCE’s Research Capability





Though the School is positioned as a teaching institution, it encourages academic/teaching staff to pursue research to benefit society and enhance learning and teaching. It aims to build up research capability and develop research-informed teaching by focusing on the strategic research areas of “Environment and Health”, “Education and Teaching & Learning” and “Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence”. It has diverse research achievements across a wide range of disciplines, with funding awarded from various sources, such as the Research Grants Council (RGC) and the Education Bureau. In the coming years, SCE would put more resources on strengthening its research infrastructure and capability.


SCE Strategic Research Areas


To follow up with the strategic direction of SCE on “Building up Research Capability”, the School has identified three strategic research areas (see below) and the associated actions/strategies to promote and develop the strategic research areas:


  • 1. Environment and Health


    1. Mental Health
    2. Health and Environment/recreation
    3. Drug/medical/biological science


  • 2. Education, Teaching and Learning


    1. Early Childhood Education
    2. Teaching and Learning
    3. IT in Education


  • 3. Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence (AI)



The associated actions/strategies to promote and develop the strategic research areas are as follows:


  • 1. Formation of Research Groups

    Research Groups will be formed in accordance to colleagues’ research interests/ expertise and respective strategic research areas, to promote exchanges, cultivate research initiatives/ projects, and develop the inter- and cross-disciplinary collaborations on research.


  • 2. Priority of Grants Applications

    Priority will be given to proposals/ applications with research areas that align with at least one of the SCE’s strategic research areas for the following internal/ external grants schemes/opportunities:

    1. SCE Seed Grant Funding Scheme:

      • According to the respective Guidelines for Application of the Scheme, “Alignment with the SCE’s strategic research areas” was set as one of the selection criteria.
    2. External funding/grant opportunities which have quota system and/or requirement to indicate the order of priority of proposals.
    3. Competitive Research Funding Schemes for the Local Self-financing Degree Sector by the Research Grants Council (RGC).
    4. Research Matching Grant Scheme (RMGS):

      • Donations related to any one of the strategic research areas would be given the priority to apply for RMGS in view of its first-come-first-served basis.


  • 3. Priority of Infrastructure Development

    Priority will be given to the development/ sustainability of relevant infrastructures/ laboratories within SCE (e.g. Shek Mun campus, SCE Tower etc.) related to the strategic research areas in near future.


More Info: MEMO on the Strategic Research Areas

Dean’s Award (Research Excellence)

In the spirit of the SCE strategic direction of “Building up research capacity”, the School encourages academic/ teaching staff to actively engage in research-related activities by launching the Dean’s Award (Research Excellence), commencing in AY 2020/21. To recognise research performance/ engagement of SCE academic/ teaching staff, the Award is established and presented annually, on both an individual and a group basis.


  • a) Eligibility

    To be eligible for receiving the award, regardless of category, the teaching staff must be full-time SCE teaching/ academic staff having served SCE for at least 2 years and with at least a one-year renewable contract at the time the award is granted. Those staff who have served SCE for at least 2 years but are incidentally under appointment review in the year of the award are also eligible. The award recipients must also be full-time teaching staff of the School by the time the award presentation ceremony is held.


  • b) Award

    A maximum of one award may be selected each year on a competitive basis for each of the two categories, i.e. Individual, and Group. Award recipients will be recognised at the award presentation ceremony.


    Category Award
    • Certificate of Research Excellence;
    • Cash Award at the amount of $2,000; and
    • The recipient will be granted with teaching relief of 1 course for an academic year, if he/she does not have has teaching relief at that point of time.
    • Certificate of Research Excellence for each team member;
    • Cash Award at the amount of $4,000 for the whole team (to be shared equally among team members); and
    • The team leader of group award recipient will be granted with teaching relief of 1 course for an academic year, if he/she does not have teaching relief at that point of time. 


  • c) The Assessment Criteria to be used in judging the nominees

    • Quality and impact of the scholarly work (e.g. Research publications, Conference presentations/ papers)
    • Recognition in the field as evidenced by invitations to be keynote speakers in international conferences, and/or member of the editorial board for refereed journal publications.
    • Successful award of major external research grant or consistent and active engagement in consultancy projects.


More Info: MEMO on the Dean’s Award (Research Excellence)


Application Form: Word


Application Deadline for AY2020/21: 5pm, 14 September, 2020.