State Key Laboratories
The State Key Laboratories was launched in 1984 as an important part of the country’s scientific and technological innovation system, as well as a crucial base with advanced research equipment for China to organize high-level basic research and applied basic research, gather and train talents in the field of science and technology and host high-level academic exchange events. The principal work of the State Key Labs is to conduct innovative research in line with the development trends of target subjects and the major technological fields and directions for national economy, social development and national security. 

The Macao Science and Technology Development Fund is in charge of the work related to the State Key Labs including: Receive local applications, organize experts for appraisal and come up with shortlists for the approval of the Ministry of Science and Technology, provide financial support to the approved State Key Labs, and so on.

In November in 2010 and July in 2018, Macao obtained approval from the Ministry of Science and Technology to establish four State Key Labs, including the State Key Laboratory of Quality Research in Chinese Medicine (jointly established by the University of Macau and the Macau University of Science and Technology), the State Key Laboratory of Analog and Mixed-Signal VLSI (established by the University of Macau), the State Key Laboratory of Internet of Things for Smart City (established by the University of Macau), and the State Key Laboratory of Lunar and Planetary Sciences (established by the Macau University of Science and Technology).

(1)Introduction of State Key Laboratory of Quality Research in Chinese Medicine,
Jointly established by the University of Macau and the Macau University of Science and Technology, the laboratory aims to serve as a cutting-edge State Key Lab for quality research of traditional Chinese medicine and be committed to addressing the key scientific and technical issues of quality evaluation of traditional Chinese medicine, developing a comprehensive R&D platform of quality Chinese medicine, building a multidisciplinary academic team to carry out systematic transformational research and establishing scientific quality standards for innovative research and development of traditional Chinese medicines and playing a role in international exchange.
Based on the core aim of ensuring efficiency, safety, controllability, stability and systemic mechanism of traditional Chinese medicine quality research from the original medicine, decoction pieces, prescriptions to patent medicines, the laboratory uses innovative medicine as a starting point to develop innovative systems, techniques and standards for quality control that can assist the R&D and evaluation of traditional Chinese medicine quality, promote the modernization and internationalization of traditional Chinese medicine, and facilitate the development and transformation of innovative products.
With the opening of the Hengqin Campus of the University of Macau, the laboratory area of the two universities has exceeded 25,000 square meters. By April in 2021, the laboratory has a fixed staff of 81 researchers (20 professors, 35 associate professors, 21 assistant professors, 5 lecturers) and 40 technicians. By March in 2021, the laboratory has published more than 3000 SCI academic papers. In terms of awards, the laboratory has won the second prize of the National Science and Technology Progress Award, First Prize in International Award for Outstanding Contribution to Chinese Medicine, and a full range of the Macao SAR Science and Technology Award, including Special Award, Natural Science Award, Technological Invention Award, Science and Technology Progress Award. The laboratory also won the Medal of Education Merit of Macao SAR in 2010 and 2 golden awards in International Exhibition of Invention of Geneva in 2019. To promote the internationalization of Chinese medicine, the laboratory also developed joint laboratories in cooperation with USP, EDQM and ChP.

(2)Introduction of State Key Laboratory of Analog and Mixed-Signal VLSI
The laboratory was established by the University of Macau to conduct cutting-edge research on state-of-the-art electronics and other related emerging fields with research emphasis in analog and mixed-signal circuits specially focusing in wireless/wireline RF transceivers and data converters for high-speed and low-power applications. The laboratory also actively develops research in power management circuits and microfluidic chips, developing solutions for Lab-on-Chip and eventually Lab-on-CMOS applications.
The core research team of the laboratory is mainly composed of Macao-born academic staff and the PhD graduates from the University of Macau. By March in 2021, it has 1 chair professor, 1 professor, 7 associate professors, 8 assistant professors, 1 UM Macao Fellow, 3 research assistant professors, 17 post-doctoral fellows, 15 research assistants, 83 doctoral students and 42 master’s students. In the research team, there are 2 IEEE Fellows. The dominant expertise of the lab in state-of-the-art electronics reached world-top standards in the field. The testing equipment is also advanced and quite unique in the Greater Bay Area. In the first 10 years of its operation (2011-2020), the laboratory published 11 books and chapters, 316 international refereed journal articles and 251 international conference papers, 39 of which were published in the most prestigious electronics conference in the sworld – the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC), that takes place every year in San Francisco, USA. Furthermore, during the same period the lab had 35 patents granted by the United States. Several works from the lab are already in practical use in a wide range of electronic equipment, achieving technology transfer. In addition, the lab's research team won the second prize of the 2011 National Science and Technology Progress Award, for the first time attributed to a team from Macao, and numerous FDCT awards in particular the 1st prize in Technological Invention also attributed for the first time in Macao in 2020. Besides, the lab's research team won the 2010 Ho Leung Ho Lee Science and Technology Innovation Award, 4 decorations from the Macao (2) and Chinese (2) Governments, and 1 of its members was recently elevated to the Chinese Academy of Sciences as a Foreign Expert.

(3)Introduction of State Key Laboratory of Internet of Things for Smart City
By solving the key scientific and technical issues of the Internet of Things for smart city, the laboratory will put forward common theories, algorithms and systems that are of fundamental importance, and develop exemplary applications for smart city. The laboratory has established its research offices on five fronts: intelligent sensing and network communication; urban big data and intelligent technology; smart energy; intelligent transportation; and public safety and disaster prevention.
The laboratory has a dedicated faculty, consisting of 3 chair professors and distinguished professors, 24 professors, associate professors and assistant professors including 1 foreign academician of Academia Europaea, 1 academician of the Royal Academy of Engineering and 2 IEEE fellows. The management team includes 1 director, 1 assistant director and 4 leading scholars, and an administration team of 6 technicians and administrative staffs. Conscientiously working on basic research and innovations, the laboratory has been awarded 4 major prizes, published 8 Chinese and English monographs & 225 academic papers, obtained national and provincial-level funding for 40 research projects with total project funding exceeding MOP67 million by the year of 2020. Moreover, the laboratory has been actively collaborating with various academic units & scientific institutes, having successfully launched 3 Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Joint Laboratories. The laboratory hopes to master key technologies and actively support the development of smart cities in Macau and China.
(4)Introduction of State Key Laboratory of Lunar and Planetary Sciences (
Established by the Macau University of Science and Technology, the laboratory studies the physicochemical mechanism of the celestial bodies of the solar system related to the four spheres from the inner to the outer: interior, geology, atmosphere and topography, magnetic field and space environment. It is also specialized in research on the moon, Mars, asteroids and giant planets according to the target celestial bodies involved in China’s deep space exploration.

By the end of March 2021, the laboratory has 1 chair professor, 6 professors, 6 associate professors, and 18 assistant professors, one of whom had obtained a grant from NSFC Excellent Young Scientists Fund (Hong Kong and Macau). There are also 30 post-doctoral researchers and more than 100 doctoral and master students.

In 2018-2020, the laboratory has obtained 41 research projects from the Macao Science and Technology Development Fund, Macao Foundation, National Natural Science Foundation of China, and China National Space Administration, with a total funding of about 530 million Patacas. Also, it has published more than 140 SCI papers, including excellent publications in top international journals such as Nature, PNAS, Nature Communications and Nature Astronomy. As for awards, the laboratory has won two first-class prizes and one third-class prize of the Macao SAR Natural Science Award. Along with the development of State Key Laboratory, the laboratory space has been expanding and the laboratory has equipped High-Performance Computing Centre and Space Science Exploration Experimental Platform. Some new platforms are being under construction, such as High-Speed Impact Platform for Solar Systems, Satellite Science Application and Data Platform, and Satellite Ground Station.
Office address: Avenida do Infante D. Henrique, No. 43-53A, Macau Square, 8th Floor, Unit C and 11th Floor, Unit K, Macao (To apply for project funding, please go to 11th Floor, Unit K)
Office hours: Monday to Thursday: 9:00-13:00, 14:30-17:45;Friday: 9:00-13:00, 14:30-17:30;Tel.: 28788777
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