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 2013
Deadline Submit Application
30th April 2013
30th June 2013
31st October 2013
31st December 2013
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UM HIR NEWS (16th October 2013) Today marks the first year anniversary of our move to the first floor of the HIR Building! Yet, it did not seem so long that we moved, starting with the Secretariat, furniture and all, from Chancellory building to Aras 1. This was then followed by the arrival of equipment for the new labs, including the two Nobel Laureate laboratories on this floor. By the end of 2012, the place was gaining a life of its own, with the hum of air-con units, machines, printers, and the excited voices of young researchers. More Info