Four projects have been selected for the Cultural Affairs Bureau Academic Research Grants supported by the Macao Special Administrative Region Government. The grants are aimed at supporting academic research projects in the Humanities that make a significant original contribution to the understanding of Macao, and of Macao's relationship with China and other countries. The grant regulations provide a flexible scheme for application and for the payment of grants. Applications may be submitted at any time throughout the year. The Evaluation Panel meets twice annually and applicants are informed of the Panel's decision in March or August, depending on when the application is received. The year-round application scheme allows a convenient and prompt application procedure. This semester, the following projects were chosen out of the applications received between June 1, 2010 and November 30, 2010: Tong Qiaohui will focus on “A Study on Modern Landscape Architecture in Macao”. Tong obtained her PhD in Architectural History and Theory from Southeast University, Nanjing, China. She is now teaching in the School of Urban Design, Wuhan, China. Yufan Hao will focus on “A Study on American Activities in Early Modern Macao – centered in the Consulate General of the United States in Macao (1849-1869)”. Hao received his PhD from the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, USA. He is now Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Macau, Macao, China and is currently teaching in the university's Department of Government and Public Administration. Jiang Boqin's research topic will be “Complimentary Discussion on Shilian Dashan and the History of Buddhism in Macao”. Jiang is currently a professor and PhD advisor at the Institute of History of Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China and researcher of Dunhuang Academy, Dunhuang, China. Tang Kaijian will focus on “A Study on the Modern Industry of Macao”. Tang is currently a professor and PhD advisor in the Department of History of the University of Macau, Macao, China. Grantees must submit an original monograph of 120,000 words minimum and the Cultural Affairs Bureau reserves the exclusive right to publish all or part of the grantee's original monograph, for example, in the Bureau's publication Review of Culture. For more information on the Cultural Affairs Bureau Academic Research Grants, please visit the Cultural Affairs Bureau's website: www.icm.gov.mo.