The High Impact Research (HIR) 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 (HIR) 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 Education (MoE) injected RM590 million into the UM-MoE HIR program.
The infusion of MoE’s additional research fund provided the opportunity for researchers to undertake more ambitious research over a longer period of time. Thus, the original Chancellory HIR program, 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 focused and targeted to be completed within 2 years.
However, the Central HIR Committee, chaired by Dato VC, decided that in 2012, UM HIR Chancellory (2 years project) will discontinue with immediate effect, the reason being that all future HIR Funding should be channeled to HIR Phase 2 (HIR II).
UM HIR NEWS (31 July 2015) Promoting High End Technologies Through Workshops. From time to time, UM HIR organizes seminars and workshops to enable researchers to know more about its central facilities and to enhance researchers’ knowledge about the application of its high end equipment for their research projects. Such an event was held on 24th July 2015 with the help of Thermo Fisher Scientific Malaysia on the use of LTQ-Orbitrap Fusion™ in proteomics profiling and quantitation workflow and top-down workflow for intact protein analysis. More Info
UM HIR NEWS (28 July 2015) Online and open access, Scientific Reports is a primary research publication from the publishers of Nature, covering all areas of the natural and clinical sciences. The 2014 Impact Factor for Scientific Reports is 5.578, according to the 2014 Journal Citation Reports® Science Edition. This places Scientific Reports 8th among all multidisciplinary science primary
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UM HIR NEWS (13 July 2015) May 2015 marks a turning point for HIR in terms of the number of papers published in Tier 1 journals. As illustrated in the table below, we have recorded 156 papers for May in contrast to the low figures of below 40 papers for the first four months of the year. In addition, 93 papers have already been accepted for publication between June to December 2015, and many more are on the way. We hope that this is the start of the Bull Run and the momentum will be maintained till June 2016 when we must deliver 3,400 Tier 1 ISI papers. More Info
UM HIR NEWS (10 July 2015) The UM HIR Research Business Centre continues its series of workshops and seminars to promote the usage of high-end equipment for UM and non-UM researchers. The latest seminar cum workshop on the use of Fluidigm for single-cell systems biology research was organized with Chemoscience (Malaysia) and attracted about 50 participants for the seminar and 15 participants from 5 institutions for the hands-on workshop. More Info
UM HIR NEWS (2 July 2015) HIR is pleased to announce the publication of twin papers in PLOS ONE by prolific author, Academician Emeritus Professor Dr. Yong Hoi Sen, ISB, Faculty of Science, and his research group. PLOS ONE is a peer-reviewed open access scientific journal published by the Public Library of Science (PLOS) since 2006. The journal covers primary research from any discipline within science and medicine. More Info