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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 BREAKING NEWS (18th August 2014)
The 2014 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) was released on 17 August 2014 by the Centre for World-Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Since 2003, ARWU has been presenting the world Top 500 universities annually based on transparent methodology and reliable data. It has been recognized as the precursor of global university rankings and the most trustworthy one. University of Malaya is ranked at 377 this year and has improved from its position of 401 to 500 in 2011, 2012 and 2013.  Universiti Science Malaysia is ranked in the group of 401 to 500 while both Universiti Putra Malaysia and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia are at 501 to 600.  More Info
UM HIR BREAKING NEWS (12th August 2014)
YB Dato’ Mah Siew Keong honoured University of Malaya by making his first stop to an institution of higher learning by visiting the high impact facility in the country since taking office in the PM’s Department. In his speech, Dato’ Mah said that Malaysia has a clear National Innovation Agenda. Early this year, YAB PM Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak announced that Malaysia’s Global Innovation Index jumped 7% since 2011. This places us 32 out of 142 countries. However, PM warned us not to be complacent with these figures. We need to continuously pursue higher and newer technologies, innovations and creativity to drive our economy.  More Info
UM HIR SPECIAL FEATURE (6th August 2014)
In this HIR Special Feature, we highlight the research of Academician Emeritus Professor Dr. Yong Hoi Sen, Prof. Ir. Dr. Noor Azuan Abu Osman and Dr. Chan Kok Gan. Their HIR MoE funded projects have resulted in three publications in the journal Scientific Reports by the Nature Publishing Group. All three PIs found it very challenging for their articles to be accepted by this journal, but have the satisfaction of seeing them now in print. “It was a long gestation and a difficult birth, but the end result is worth it,” concluded Prof. Yong.  More Info
UM HIR NEWS (25th July 2014)
EXTENSION OF HIR-MOE PROJECT.  Professor Dato’ Dr. Mohd Amin Jalaludin, UM Vice Chancellor, officially announced on 18 July 2014 that the Ministry of Education has given HIR an extension till 30 June 2016 for the completion of the first phase HIR funding. This is very welcome news as it will provide a much needed breathing space for HIR PIs and Co-PIs to meet their KPIs.However, Dato’ VC reminded all researchers to submit their papers to Tier 1 journals by December 2015 as the process of the submitted paper will take some time to publish.  More Info
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
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