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 (17 May 2016) HIR congratulates Associate Professor Dr. Chan Kok Gan and his research team for the discovery of the plasmid mediated colistin resistance gene (mcr-1), making Malaysia one of the first countries in which scientists found the mcr-1 gene. The study is part of the of UM 1,000 Genome Consortium Project on multidrug resistant bacteria. The paper entitled “Emergence of mcr-1-mediated colistin resistance in Escherichia coli in Malaysia” will appear in the Journal of Antimicrobial Agents. More Info
UM HIR NEWS (3 May 2016) University of Malaya Breast Cancer Research Group was able to continue collaborating with Cancer Research Malaysia (CRM, formerly known as Cancer Research Initiatives Foundation or CARIF) in 2011 following the award of a HIR MoHE grant for Breast Cancer Research to Prof. Dr. Nur Aishah Mohd Taib and Prof. Dato’ Dr. Yip Cheng Har, Department of Surgery, UMMC, as Principal Investigators, and Adjunct Prof. Dr. Teo Soo Hwang, CRM CEO, as Co-PI. More Info
UM HIR NEWS (29 April 2016) HIR Research Business Unit continues its mission of encouraging UM and non-UM researchers to use the equipment at HIR Central Facilities through training workshops and seminars. This will enhance their research capability, leading to publications in high impact journals. In 2015, the Research Business Unit conducted over 20 workshops and seminars which benefited 755 participants. More Info
UM HIR NEWS (27 April 2016) 11th April 2016 marked World Parkinson’s Day aimed at raising awareness of Parkinson's disease, promoting a greater understanding of this condition and how it can affect a person. University of Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC) in conjunction with the Malaysian Parkinson’s Disease Association commemorated the occasion on 16 April by organizing the UMMC-MPDA World Parkinson’s Day 2016 at Menara Selatan, UMMC, attended by about 550 patients and caregivers. HIR is grateful to Prof. Dr. Lim Shen Yang, PI of the HIR project, and Co-PI, Dr. Tan Ai Huey, for their dedication and hard work. More Info
UM HIR NEWS (20 April 2016) As we are coming to the home stretch of HIR, it is time to be reflective and review what we have gone through as well as the achievements to date. Starting with an internal sum of RM10 million in February 2010, the former Vice-Chancellor of UM, Tan Sri Dr. Ghauth Jasmon, initiated the High Impact Research (HIR) and challenged researchers to change their mindset and to go for broke to get their scientific works published in ISI Tier 1 journals. More Info