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CUHK-University of Manchester Research Fund

For the details of the CUHK-UoM Research Fund for 2018, please click here.

(For CUHK and UoM faculty)

Deadline: 17:00 GMT, 26 April 2019, Friday

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and The University of Manchester (UoM) share a common vision to expand the frontiers of knowledge and contribute to the betterment of societies. To capitalise the research strengths of both universities and to create greater impact, a joint CUHK-UoM Research Fund was established in 2015–16 to build and strengthen research collaboration between the two universities.

In recognition of the success achieved during the past three years, the joint research fund has developed into a second phase with two tracks:


a) Seed-corn Fund

The Seed-corn Fund is intended for researchers at CUHK and UoM to undertake short-term exchange visits to jointly define new research questions or to consolidate existing links. It allows for initial groundwork including meetings, team building, and in some instances paper writing or pilot studies. All subject areas will be accepted and proposals related to the following fields are encouraged: Cancer, Neuroscience, Energy and Climate Change, Future Cities, Advanced Materials, and Global Inequalities. The Seed-corn Fund will support up to three projects in 2019 with a maximum award of £10,000 per project. This current call invites applications for the Seed-corn Fund.


b) Strategic Research Fund

The Strategic Research Fund aims to support projects resulted from efforts supported by the Seed-corn Fund or other existing collaborations as well as research projects that are related to the strategic research areas of CUHK and UoM. It seeks to support research projects that address novel research questions and generate preliminary data that will lay the ground for future large-scale external research bids. The Strategic Research Fund will support up to two projects in 2019 with a maximum award of £45,000 per project. The application call for the Strategic Research Fund will be invited later this year. The priority areas will be publicised in due course.


Programme Guidelines and Forms

Applicants can access the programme guidelines, application form, endorsement form and completion report form from the following links:

a) Seed-corn Fund



Any queries should be directed to:

CUHK Coordinator: Olivia Kwok, Office of Academic Links

e: oliviakwok@cuhk.edu.hk, t: +852 3943 1315

UoM Coordinator: Joanne Jacobs, Senior International Officer

e: joanne.jacobs@manchester.ac.uk, t: +44 (0)161 306 1716


Past Awarded Projects

CUHK Faculty UoM Faculty Area; Title of Research
2017 – 18
Prof. Bian Liming, Dept. of Biomedical Engineering Dr. Jiashen Li, School of Materials Advanced Materials; Cancer;

Hierarchical Metal Bisphosphonate Nanoparticles Delivery System for Bone Cancer

Prof. Chan Ting Fung, School of Life Sciences Prof. Patrick Cai, Manchester Institute of Biotechnology Energy & Climate Change;

‘Collaborative Effort to Engineer Synthetic Yeast Genome for Producing Biobutanol

Prof. Zhang Li, Dept. of Mechanical & Automation Engineering Prof. Kostas Kostarelos, Faculty of Medical & Human Sciences Advanced Materials; Cancer; Micro- & Nanorobotics;

Magnetic Swarming Microrobots for Image Guided Therapy

2016 – 17
Prof. Chung Tsz Shun Eric, Department of Mathematics Dr. Masoud Babaei, School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science Energy & Climate Change;

Multiscale Modelling of Geothermal Energy Recovery from Fractured Porous Systems

Prof. Lai Yuk Fo Derrick, Department of Geography and Resource Management Dr. Gareth Clay, School of Environment, Education and Development Energy & Climate Change;

Characterising ‘Blue Carbon’ Dynamics in Subtropical Mangroves

Prof. Poon Wai Sang, Department of Surgery Dr. Zsolt Zador, Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health Neuroscience;

Improving Outcome Predictions in Neurosurgery Using Unstructured Admission CT Data

2015 – 16
Prof. Lau Yuk Lun Alexander, Hong Kong Institute of Integrative Medicine; Dept. of Medicine and Therapeutics Dr. Goran Nenadic, School of Computer Science Neuroscience;

Text Mining for Integrative Medicine Research in Neurological Disorders

Prof. Ng Mee Kam, Dept. of Geography and Resource Management Prof. Cecilia Wong, School of Environment, Education and Development Future Cities;

Planning for Sustainable Urban Neighbourhood Change

Prof. Yang Hongfeng, Earth System Science Programme Prof. Giulio Di Toro, School of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences Energy & Climate Change;

Seismicity Induced by Underground Injection and Extraction of Natural Gas


Last updated on 13 March 2019