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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 (14 November 2014)
Congratulations to Associate Professor Dr. Hesham Al-Mekhlafi, Professor Dr. Johari Surin and their PhD student Miss Seow Huey Choey from the Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, for their latest publication in Nature Scientific Reports on 4 November 2014. Scientific Reports is an open access top ranked journal by Nature Publishing Group and has an impact factor of 5.078 according to the 2013 Journal Citation Reports Science Edition (Thomson Reuters, 2013), ranking it 5th among all multidisciplinary science primary research journals.  More Info
UM HIR NEWS (12 November 2014)
Dr. Chan Yoke Fun from Faculty of Medicine among the winners of the L’Oreal-UNESCO Award 2014. HIR offers its congratulations to Dr. Chan Yoke Fun from the Department of Medical Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, for being one of the three recipients in this year’s L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science National Fellowship. Syabas and well done, Dr. Chan!  More Info
UM HIR BREAKING NEWS (28th October 2014)
High Impact Research (HIR) is pleased to announce a new publication in IEEE Communications Surveys & Tutorials by Associate Prof. Dr. Abdullah Gani and his PhD student Ejaz Ahmed from Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, University of Malaya (UM). The paper entitled “Channel Assignment Algorithms in Cognitive Radio Networks: Taxonomy, Open Issues, and Challenges” is accepted in IEEE Communications Surveys & Tutorials, a top ranked tier 1 journal of computer science with an Impact Factor of 6.49, on 5 October 2014.  More Info
UM HIR BREAKING NEWS (17th October 2014)
HIR is pleased to announce the publication of a paper in the journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), by Professor Dr. Hany Ariffin from UM Cancer Research Institute (UMCRI), Faculty of Medicine and her research collaborators. The paper entitled “Whole genome sequencing analysis of phenotypic heterogeneity and anticipation in Li-Fraumeni cancer predisposition syndrome” was funded by an HIR MoE Grant and conducted in collaboration with Professor Pierre Hainaut of Institut Albert Bonniot-INSERM, Grenoble and Dr. Chang Chan and Arnold Levine of Institute for Advanced Study, New Jersey.  More Info
UM HIR BREAKING NEWS (30th September 2014)
The phase of monitoring HIR KPI output has been stepped up since we have only 21 months to fulfill our KPIs, especially the targeted 3,400 Tier 1 ISI/WoS publications. We hear of complaints from PIs when we asked for monthly updates, but someone has to do the job! Below are a few tables which provide the current status of achievements (or non-achievements).  More Info
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