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
DEADLINE SUBMIT APPLICATION
Cycle 1 / 2014
31st March 2014
30th June 2014
Cycle 2 / 2014
31st October 2014
31st December 2014
UM HIR NEWS (17th July 2014) Pick 19 Malaysian women at random. Chances are, one of these women will at some point develop breast cancer. That is how common the disease is in Malaysia and how randomly it strikes. Around 4,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year, and it almost seems random. New collaborative research by the Breast Cancer Association Consortium funded by the European Union and led by Professor Doug Easton at the University of Cambridge and Professor Per Hall at the Karolinska Institute has led to the discovery of genetic loci which cause an increased risk to breast cancer and these could pave the way to more accurate identification of who is at risk, hopefully removing at least some of the apparent randomness of breast cancer. More Info
UM HIR BREAKING NEWS (2nd July 2014) HIR extends its congratulations to Prof. Wang Chew Yin, Department of Anaesthesiology, UMMC, for the birth of twin papers in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM with Impact Factor of 51.658). These papers were the result of two large international collaborative studies, the POISE-2 trial, led by Dr. P.J. Devereaux, associate professor of medicine, at the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine at McMaster University, and cardiologist at Hamilton Health Sciences, Canada. Prof. Wang is the coordinator of this project in Malaysia which involves her colleagues in UM and the Ministry of Health. More Info
UM HIR SPECIAL FEATURE (30th June 2014) In this HIR Special Feature, we highlight the research of Associate Professor Dr. Keivan Zandi from the Tropical Infectious Disease Research Centre, Department of Medical Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine. Based on his HIR MoE funded project on antiviral drug discovery, he and his team have published the article entitled "Baicalin, a metabolite of baicalein with antiviral activity against dengue virus" in Nature Scientific Reports recently. More Info
UM HIR SPECIAL FEATURE (10th June 2014) In this HIR Special Feature, we highlight the research of Dr. Huang Nay Ming from the Low Dimensional Materials Research Centre, Physics Department, Faculty of Science, who has published in Nature Scientific Reports recently. These two articles were the product of hard work by his MSc student Gregory Thien Soon How and PhD student Lim Su Pei. Apart from this, his post-doctoral research fellow, Dr. A. Pandikumar played an instrumental role in the publication of these two articles. The graphene work is in collaboration with Dr. Lim Hong Ngee from Universiti Putra Malaysia. It is truly a "Made in Malaysia" piece of work. More Info
UM HIR SPECIAL FEATURE (15th May 2014) HIR PROJECTS: TOUCHING LIVES, IMPACTING SOCIETY. Although the thrust of HIR funded projects is fundamental research which results in Tier 1 ISI/WoS publications, it is equally important that the outcome of these projects has an impact on society. In this HIR Special Feature, we highlight the work of UM Centre of Excellence for Research in AIDS (CERiA) and how the research outcome will have a significant impact on the overall control of TB in Malaysia. More Info