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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 (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
UM HIR BREAKING NEWS (17th September 2014)
UM MOVED UP 16 POSITIONS IN THE 2014 QS WORLD UNIVERSITY RANKINGS. The latest QS World University Rankings was released on 16th September 2014 which showed that UM has moved up 16 positions from 167 in 2013 to 151 in 2014. This is the best UM has achieved since QS first published a ranking of the world’s universities.  More Info
UM HIR BREAKING NEWS (9th September 2014)
A major success in developing new biomedical implants with the ability to accelerate bone healing has been reported by a group of scientists from the Department of Restorative Dentistry, UM. This stems from a project partly funded by HIR and also involves Mr. Alireza Yaghoubi, HIR Young Scientist. Syabas and congratulations to the UM Team!  More Info
UM HIR NEWS (3 September 2014)
Like a parent, HIR is justifiably proud of the achievements of its researchers, especially the young student scientists involved with cutting edge research working alongside academic icons and even Nobel Laureates. Here are three examples of the successes achieved by the trio, Chong Teik Min, Robson Ee and Lim Yan Lue, all working on HIR funded projects under the supervision of Dr. Chan Kok Gan from ISB, Faculty of Science.  More Info
UM HIR NEWS (31 August 2014)
The month of August each year is always a significant moment in time for Malaysia. It is the month when, in 1957, we gained our hard fought independence and we celebrated Merdeka with pride and gusto on 31st August. For HIR, August is also a significant milestone as it was in August 2011 that UM was informed that the cabinet had approved the sum of RM590 million for High Impact Research (HIR). This month, we celebrated the third anniversary of HIR by launching the HIR book as our contribution towards the celebration of Merdeka.  More Info
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