In pursuit of a policy of funding selectivity, the University supported the establishment of Research Centres to provide a focus for interdisciplinary research in selected areas with the capacity and potential for international competitiveness.
The CityU Centre for Marine Environmental Research Innovative Technology was established with Government funding under the Areas of Excellence (AoE) scheme. The AoE scheme is an initiative launched by the University Grants Committee (UGC) with the objective of providing a platform to encourage and bolster research collaboration across the higher education sector in the interests of creating the critical mass necessary to achieve international excellence.
The University places heavy emphasis on applied research, and uses the results of such work to directly benefit Hong Kong and the wider world. Applied research outcomes are transferred to industry through the Applied Strategic Development Centres, which foster university-industry partnership, facilitate technology transfer and promote the commercialisation of the results of applied R&D. Applied R&D Centres across the border in Shenzhen have also been set up to focus on mid-stream, market–driven research with direct applications to industry, commerce and the community.