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The high impact research grants from the University of Malaya are to fund projects which will result in publication of manuscripts in Tier 1 ISI/Web of Science journals. As such, the emphasis will be on fundamental research which will lead to the generation of new knowledge rather than on the development of new products or patents. It is also aimed at generating more research capabilities and expertise within the university and this may result from collaboration with overseas ivy-league universities.

These grants will be handled differently from all existing grants and will be administered under the Chancellery. The Vice-Chancellor will be Chairman of the High Impact Research Committee which will evaluate the projects, decide on its suitability for funding and monitor their progress.

Recognizing the importance of UM as the premier research institution in the country, the government made the bold decision to provide additional research funding to UM, with the objective of having at least one research university in the country breaking into the top 100 world ranked universities by 2015. In August 2011, the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) injected RM590 million into the UM-MoHE HIR programme.

The infusion of MoHEís additional research fund provided the opportunity for researchers to undertake more ambitious research over a longer period of time. Thus, the original Chancellory HIR programme, funded modestly using internal funds, becomes less attractive for seasoned researchers. Nevertheless, it is felt that it should not be dropped completely as it can still serve a role for projects which are more focussed and targeted to be completed within 2 years.

The Central (Chancellory) HIR Committee, chaired by Tan Sri VC, decided that in 2012, there will be only 2 instead of 4 cycles. The target set is still Tier 1 publication with the cost-effectiveness of RM60,000 per publication. The maximum amount of funding is RM500,000 for 2 years and lecturers who are not receiving MoHE funding will be given preference.

2 Cycles for HIR Project 2014

 Cycle 1 / 2014  31st March 2014  30th June 2014
 Cycle 2 / 2014  31st October 2014  31st December 2014


UM HIR NEWS (10th April 2014)
HIR extends its congratulations to Associate Professor Dr. Raymond Ooi for managing to attract world renowned scientist, Prof. Marlan Orvil Scully as an HIR Icon for his HIR funded project. Prof. Scully is a laser physics pioneer and is best known for his contributions to quantum optics, quantum coherence and laser theory. He played a pivotal role in propounding the quantum theoretical framework for lasers, theory of free electron laser, correlated spontaneous emission laser, quantum coherence control of refractive index, highly sensitive magnetometer, sub natural line width using quantum interference, description of Bose condensates using laser theory and identification of bacterial spores using nonlinear coherent spectroscopy.  More Info
Kindly be informed that with effect from 1 April 2014 (Refer to slide no.21), the management of appointment of research assistant at the Faculty level will be centralized in HIR Central Secretariat Office located in Level 1, High Impact Research Building. Person in charge is Mdm. Hamizah Husain.  More Info
UM HIR BREAKING NEWS (20th March 2014)
HIR extends its congratulations to Prof. Datin Dr. Zahurin Bt Mohamed, Head of the Pharmacogenomics Laboratory in the Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine, for giving birth to “twin” papers in the current issue of the prestigious journal Pharmacogenomics. This is indeed a rare feat and a credit to the leadership of Prof. Zahurin and the hard work of the team.  More Info
UM HIR BREAKING NEWS (18th March 2014)
UM has received the recent news that Dr. Louisa Shobhini Ponnampalam, a research fellow of the Institute of Ocean and Earth Sciences, under Prof. Phang Siew Moi, has been awarded the 2014 Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation. Under the fellowship, recipients will be provided with USD150,000 for a three-year project to address conservation challenges facing the ocean.  More Info
In this HIR Special Feature, we highlight the research of Associate Professor Dr. Henk Metselaar from the Engineering Faculty. His project on Phase Change Materials for Energy Storage System falls within the 12 National Key Economic Areas (NKEAs) under the Oil, Gas and Energy Section of the Economic Transformation Programme and will undoubtedly contribute to the country’s aim of becoming the top Asian hub for energy services by building a sustainable energy platform for growth.  More Info
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