These regulations define the rules that govern the Academic Research Grant (abbreviated as "Grant" hereinafter) of the Cultural Affairs Bureau (hereinafter referred to as IC, in Portuguese acronym).
The Grant is established to encourage original academic research on the culture of Macao, and on the exchange between Macao, Mainland China and other countries.
The following persons may apply:
1) Local or overseas doctorate degree holders, with proven academic research experience;
2) Local or overseas individuals, with sufficient research experience and recognized academic production.
Award and suspension of award
1. The Grant is awarded once every year.
2. Under exceptional circumstances and subject to prior approval by the Secretary responsible for cultural affairs, IC may suspend the awarding of the Grant.
3. Any decision to suspend the Grant program shall be publicized on IC's website and via major local newspapers in the Macao Special Administrative Region (abbreviated as "MSAR" hereinafter) at least three months before the application period commences.
Number of grantees
1. The number of grantees shall be decided by IC on the basis of the comments given by the Selection Panel (abbreviated as "Panel" hereinafter).
2. Without prejudice to the applicable circumstances stated in the preceding clause, IC reserves itself the right to decide whether or not to award the Grant.
1. The award amounts of the Grant are:
2. Based on the applicant's academic background and the content of the project, the Panel shall propose an award amount to IC for its final decision.
3. Upon IC's suggestion, the amounts referred to in Clause 1 of the present article may be adjusted by the Secretary responsible for cultural affairs, through decision publicized in the "Macao Special Administrative Region Official Gazette".
Publicity of information
1. All information related to the Grant shall be announced on IC's website, through commercial media or any other means deemed appropriate.
2. All relevant information shall be publicized in the two official languages of the MSAR, without prejudice to the additional use of other languages.
1. The research project submitted in the application must comply with the Objectives described in Article 2, and should not accumulate any other form of scholarly subsidy.
2. IC accepts applications at any time during the period from 1st March to 31st May every year. Applications submitted out of that period shall not be considered. 3. Applications should be submitted:
1) In person, at IC's main office or at the Service Centre of the MSAR Government; the date of the receipt stamp will be considered the date of submission; or
2) By double registered mail, to the address: Cultural Affairs Bureau, Praca do Tap Seac, Macao, China; the date of the postmark will be considered the date of submission.
4. The envelope containing the application documents shall be prominently marked with "Application for the Academic Research Grant from the Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Macao Special Administrative Region Government".
1. Applications must include the following documents:
1) A duly completed and signed application form provided by IC;
2) Curriculum vitae, research project plan, and certified copies of educational qualification certificates of the applicant.
2. Applications with incomplete documents or applications that do not comply with the requirements in the preceding clause will not be processed.
3. IC may require applicants to provide supplementary information and documents deemed necessary, and it reserves the right to verify the documents with the competent authorities.
1. The selection of applications shall be conducted by the Panel.
2. The Panel may consist of a maximum of seven members, including:
1) The President of IC, or a Vice-President designated by the President, who shall convene and chair the meetings;
2) The head of the division responsible for processing the Grant and its award;
3) Other members invited by IC, who will take part on their own behalf or as representatives of local higher education institutions.
3. IC may invite experts in relevant areas to assess the application projects.
The Panel shall conduct the selection process taking into account:
1) The academic value and significance of the research project, its substance and feasibility;
2) The applicant's academic background, research experience and ability as suggested by the curriculum vitae.
Notification and publicity of selection results
1. Applicants shall be informed about the selection results by official letters, no later than the last working day in October of the current year.
2. Selection results and relevant information shall be publicized on IC's website and through commercial media or any other means deemed appropriate.
Letter of Acceptance
1. Selected applicants shall declare their acceptance of the Grant in writing to IC, within ten working days upon receiving the notification.
2. The Grant will only be awarded after the selected applicant has signed the Letter of Acceptance provided by IC.
3. The Letter of Acceptance shall enclose a schedule for the submission of research progress report and monograph.
Academic evaluation on monographs
1. IC will organize academic evaluations of the preliminary draft and of the final version of the monograph.
2. IC may invite local higher education institutions to participate in the academic evaluations.
3. IC shall decide whether or not to accept the monograph, based on the academic evaluation results.
The Grant will be paid by installments at each of the following three stages:
1) 30% of the full award amount shall be paid within one month upon IC's receipt of the Letter of Acceptance;
2) 30% of the full award amount shall be paid upon IC's acceptance of the preliminary draft of the monograph;
3) 40% of the full award amount shall be paid upon IC's acceptance of the final version of the monograph.
Postponement of academic research
1. Based on properly stated grounds, the grantee may submit a written request to postpone his/her academic research, up to a period of no more than six months.
2. The postponement must be approved by IC in written form.
3. Only one postponement application is allowed during the entire award period.
4. The Grant is automatically cancelled if the research cannot be accomplished by the new deadline approved by IC.
1. Grantees are obliged to:
1) Present the final outcome of their original research, in the form of a monograph of their sole authorship, according to the schedule provided along with the Letter of Acceptance;
2) Submit the final version of the monograph within five months after the preliminary draft is accepted by IC;
3) Compose the monograph in Chinese, Portuguese or English, containing no less than 150,000 words, excluding notes, bibliographies, appendixes, illustrations, captions, maps and tables;
4) Submit an extract or chapter of less than 15,000 words, to be published in the magazine "Review of Culture";
5) Modify and revise the monograph according to the comments from every stage of the academic evaluation referred to in Article 14.
2. The deadline referred to in Paragraph 1) of Clause 1 of the present article may be postponed through the procedure defined in Clauses 1 and 2 of Article 16.
1. The grantee's monograph must be of his/her sole authorship. Third party's thoughts or wordings shall not be referred to without proper approval and citation. The grantee must not engage in any act of plagiarism, copy or breach of copyrights.
2. Without IC's prior approval in writing, the grantee shall not change the research project submitted.
3. During the award period and that regulated in Clause 2, Article 21, IC reserves itself the right to dispose of the monograph. The grantee shall not exercise such right without IC's prior approval in writing.
4. During the award period, the grantee shall not accumulate any other form of academic research funding to the same research project awarded with IC's Grant, or to a similar version of it.
Termination of Grant
1. If the grantee fails to continue or to complete the research project as a result of unpredictable and significant reasons, IC may decide to terminate the award of a Grant.
2. Termination may also be approved, by written request of the grantee, based on a detailed exposition of the reasons stated in the preceding clause.
3. IC may decide to terminate a Grant if, after deliberation, it is confirmed that there are enough grounds for such a measure.
4. IC shall not pay any outstanding installments after termination.
5. The termination of a Grant does not imply the restitution of any installments previously received by the ex-grantee.
Cancellation and return of Grant
1. The cancellation of a Grant entails the loss of eligibility and withdrawal of the grantee's rights.
2. IC may cancel a Grant if any of the following situations occurs:
1) The grantee fails to observe the schedule enclosed to the Letter of Acceptance or the situation referred to in Clause 4, Article 16 occurs;
2) The grantee violates any of the conditions set in Articles 17 or 18;
3) The grantee makes any untruthful declaration or provides false document.
3. In a written decision, IC must specify the reasons for cancelling a Grant.
4. IC shall not pay any outstanding installments after cancellation.
5. In case of cancellation, the grantee shall return any installment(s) received to IC.
6. The cancellation of a Grant does not preclude IC's right to impose other penalties on the grantee as provided by law. IC reserves itself the right to pursue further civil or criminal charges.
1. By accepting a Grant, the grantee agrees to transfer his/her monograph's copyrights to IC, except for the personal rights protected by the copyright law currently in force in Macao.
2. The transfer of copyright mentioned in the preceding clause will be valid for three years, starting from the date when the monograph's final version is accepted. IC's formal acceptance will be informed by letter.
3. After the expiration of the period referred to in the preceding clause, the grantee may dispose freely of his/her monograph's copyrights.
4. In case of publication, the monograph shall be prominently marked with "The research for this monograph was carried out with support of the Academic Research Grant from the Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Macao Special Administrative Region Government".
5. The copyrights referred to in this article include, but not limited to:
1) The right to publish the monograph in print or digital format, in its original language or in a translated version, in whole or in part;
2) The right to publicize the monograph, in whole or in part, on IC's website, in a copy-protected digital format.
6. The grantee shall receive an additional payment of MOP$35,000.00 if IC publishes the monograph as an offprint.
7. IC reserves itself the right to co-publish the monograph with a third party within the period stipulated in Clause 2 of the present article, in the original language or in a translated version, or to transfer its copyrights.
8. The copyright transfer period stipulated in Clause 2 of the present article may be extended by a written agreement between IC and the grantee, for which IC shall not make any additional payment.
9. In case the unpublished monograph gives rise to a third-party copyrights issue, the grantee shall be held personally responsible, in his/her capacity as author of the work.
10. IC reserves the right to decide whether or not to publish or publicize the monograph.
* The Academic Research Grant Regulations has been translated into English. In case of discrepancies between the English translation and the original versions publicized in the two official languages of the MSAR, the original versions shall prevail.