Research is the source of knowledge that advances human thinking and powers innovation. CUHK’s ability to serve the society is predicated on excellence in research. The university has attracted numerous talented researchers to conduct world-class research. Today, CUHK researchers led eleven out of a total of 28 "Areas of Excellence" (AoEs) that are preferentially funded by the University Grants Committee (UGC) of the Hong Kong Government. CUHK researchers and their collaborators have contributed to and benefited from the growing economy of China. The university houses five State Key Laboratories that are entrusted by the Ministry of Science and Technology of China to conduct national strategic research.