The Research Council (RC), chaired by the Secretary for Health, is responsible for providing strategic steer for funding health and medical research projects and health promotion projects, and overseeing the administration of the HMRF including the allocation of funds for approved grants. The RC is supported by two arms – Expert Advisory Panels (EAPs) as the advisory arm, and the Referee Panel, Grant Review Board (GRB) and Grant Review Board Executive (GRBE) as the technical arm. The Research Fund Secretariat provides administrative and logistic support to the RC and its constituent boards and panels.
Summary of Responsibilities - Research Council:
Summary of Responsibilities – Expert Advisory Panels:
Summary of Responsibilities - Grant Review Board:
Summary of Responsibilities - Referee Panel:
Summary of Responsibilities - Research Fund Secretariat:
The RC functions as a broadly based policy group. The EAPs assess the health and healthcare needs of Hong Kong and advise the RC on research policy and priorities and funding opportunities with respect to their specific areas of expertise. The GRB interprets policy, sets guidelines and procedures for grant application and establishes an independent system for the two-tiered peer review of applications. The Referee Panel provides critical appraisal of grant applications and reports.
In addition, the RC reviews health care trends and health needs in Hong Kong on a continuing basis to support its decision making and the formulation and revision of research policy and priorities.
The RC comprises prominent members of the health care system and academic institutions. The EAP members are the local and/ or overseas academics and experts versed in health and medical research. The GRB has brought together experts with technical skills and experience in a wide spectrum of health sciences to support the work of assessing grant applications and reports. Individual members of the Referee Panel are recruited to review grant applications and assess the outcomes of funded projects according to their specific area of expertise. Referees are drawn from both local and overseas institutions and services. Overseas referees are paid a standard fee for their reports.
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