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 BREAKING NEWS (6 October 2015) An international research team led by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health has shown that epidemics of dengue across Southeast Asia appear to be linked to the abnormally high temperatures brought on by the El Niño weather phenomenon. Countries involved in this study included Malaysia, Thailand, Lao PDR, Cambodia, Vietnam, Taiwan, Singapore, and the Philippines. The finding was reported in today's issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) and may be a harbinger of a spike in cases of the dangerous hemorrhagic fever throughout Southeast Asian. More Info
UM HIR BREAKING NEWS (2 October 2015) HIR congratulates Professor Hany Ariffin who has been awarded the 9th Anugerah Akademik Negara (AAN) in the Best Publication category. This highly prestigious award recognises contributions to knowledge discovery and innovation in the country. This is only the second time a UM academic has been recognised in this way. The award was presented to Professor Hany Ariffin by the Minister of Higher Education Dato’ Seri Idris Jusoh in Putrajaya on 21st September 2015. Syabas to Professor Hany Ariffin and her team. More Info
UM HIR NEWS (9 September 2015) The Institute of Engineers Malaysia (IEM) organized the Engineering Invention & Innovation Exhibition, EINIX 2015, in conjunction with the IEM Engineering Week 2015. This year’s competition challenged talents in ASEAN to promote inventions related to thetheme “Bridging Engineers”. Participants were required to generate an invention/innovation involving inter disciplines of engineering in an attempt to further enhance commercializing the engineering concept to greater heights and not only in ASEAN region but globally. More Info
UM HIR NEWS (31 July 2015) Promoting High End Technologies Through Workshops. From time to time, UM HIR organizes seminars and workshops to enable researchers to know more about its central facilities and to enhance researchers’ knowledge about the application of its high end equipment for their research projects. Such an event was held on 24th July 2015 with the help of Thermo Fisher Scientific Malaysia on the use of LTQ-Orbitrap Fusion™ in proteomics profiling and quantitation workflow and top-down workflow for intact protein analysis. More Info
UM HIR NEWS (28 July 2015) Online and open access, Scientific Reports is a primary research publication from the publishers of Nature, covering all areas of the natural and clinical sciences. The 2014 Impact Factor for Scientific Reports is 5.578, according to the 2014 Journal Citation Reports® Science Edition. This places Scientific Reports 8th among all multidisciplinary science primary
research journals. More Info