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 SPECIAL FEATURE (7th March 2014) In this HIR Special Feature, we highlight the research of Associate Professor Dr. Henk Metselaar from the Engineering Faculty. His project on Phase Change Materials for Energy Storage System falls within the 12 National Key Economic Areas (NKEAs) under the Oil, Gas and Energy Section of the Economic Transformation Programme and will undoubtedly contribute to the country’s aim of becoming the top Asian hub for energy services by building a sustainable energy platform for growth. More Info
HIR PHASE 2 : REQUEST FOR RESEARCH EQUIPMENT FUND UNDER HIR II Following the meeting with the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dato' Dr. Mohd Amin Jalaludin on 21st January 2014, it was decided that the university will make a formal application to the Ministry of Education (MoE) for high impact research (HIR) funding post-2015. To help prepare the application, we need the researchers to fill in the attached request form and return to HIR Secretariat latest by 10 March 2013 (Monday). More Info
UM HIR BREAKING NEWS (21st February 2014) On behalf of HIR, we would like to congratulate Dr. Lawrence Siew Woh Choo from the UM Genome Informatics Research Laboratory, and his research team for the publication of their latest paper in Nature Scientific Reports. This is an international effort with the authors coming from UM, Singapore, New Zealand, and China. Besides this paper, he has also published papers in journals including BMC Genomics and PLoS ONE. More Info
UM HIR BREAKING NEWS (7th February 2014) On behalf of HIR, we would like to congratulate Prof. Dr. Mohd Hamdi Abd Shukor, TNC (A), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mohsen A. Hassan and their research team for the publication of their latest paper in Nature Scientific Reports. Another paper of theirs also appeared in the reputable journal Composite Engineering. These important publications stemmed from the PhD project of Dr. Reza Mahmoodian, their PhD student, on Modeling and Simulation of Complicated Manufacturing Processes conducted in the Centre of Advanced Manufacturing and Material Processing (AMMP). More Info
UM HIR BREAKING NEWS (24th January 2014) 2014 began with a bang for the Photonics Research Group @ Engineering. It is leading the charge in developing Integrated Photonic Biosensors (Chancellory HIR) specifically targeting the detection of dengue. The group's work, led by Prof. Faisal Rafiq Mahamd Adikan, was recently accepted for publication in two reputable publications: Nature Scientific Reports, and Analytical Chemistry. More Info