The 2023 NSFC Experience Sharing Session successfully held

Recently, HKUST (GZ) has formally become an NSFC affiliative organization with the approval of the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), which means that the university is qualified to apply and undertake NSFC projects independently.

On the afternoon of January 16, the Research Department held the 2023 NSFC Experience Sharing Session and invited the faculty members who acquired the 2022 NSFC fund to share their experiences, to encourage the faculty and researchers to apply for the 2023 NSFC projects with high-quality proposals. In the Sharing Session, the Associate Vice President (Research) Professor Kaishun WU gave a speech, and Chair Professor Lei CHEN, Associate Professor Yunlong ZI, Assistant Professor Xiakun CHU, and Assistant Professor Dengbo HE shared their experiences. The Sharing Session was held online and offline, with about 100 faculty and staff attending, including professors, engineers, post-doctoral fellows, and administrative staff from all Hubs and Thrusts.

Lei CHEN, Chair Professor from the Thrust of Data Science and Analytics, shared his experience on his project Interpretability Knowledge Graph Reasoning Technique of Multimodal Data-Driven and Knowledge Fusion, which is the first approved NSFC project in HKUST(GZ). Professor CHEN elaborated on the preparation, the writing of the application materials, and the project defense. He suggested that the selection of the topic should follow the project guidelines, contribute to the solution to the national major problems, and be highly combined with one's research direction. In addition, it will be helpful that research team have a long-term cooperation basis and complementary advantages. The principal investigator needs to pay attention to the details of the proposal and application materials, get the big picture of the project, and be well-prepared for the project defense to stand out from the crowd of competitors.

Yunlong ZI, Associate Professor from the Thrust of Sustainable Energy and Environment, shared his experience in applying for General Projects. He believed that the proposal is the most important. The title and the abstract should be closely related to the key scientific questions as well as be proofread and modified repeatedly. He also gave valuable advice on how to select the types of scientific questions, prepare the budget statement, and write the initiation statement in combination with his successful experience.

Two young faculty members shared their experiences on the application of their Young Scientists Fund projects. Xiakun CHU, Assistant Professor from the Thrust of Advanced Materials, gave a detailed introduction on selecting division codes, deciding project research directions and project titles, and writing project proposals. Dengbo HE, Assistant Professor from the Thrust of intelligent transportation, suggested selecting outstanding previous works according to the research content, and that it will be useful to prepare the project application as early as possible and modify the proposal repeatedly to guarantee high quality.

In the end, the audience raised their questions met in the application process, and the speakers answered the questions. After the Sharing Session, RD will continuously organize and support the application of NSFC projects in 2023, help applicants to improve the quality of project proposals, and strive to enhance the university's ability to serve the major national needs.

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17 Jan 2023
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