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 NEWS (13 July 2015) May 2015 marks a turning point for HIR in terms of the number of papers published in Tier 1 journals. As illustrated in the table below, we have recorded 156 papers for May in contrast to the low figures of below 40 papers for the first four months of the year. In addition, 93 papers have already been accepted for publication between June to December 2015, and many more are on the way. We hope that this is the start of the Bull Run and the momentum will be maintained till June 2016 when we must deliver 3,400 Tier 1 ISI papers. More Info
UM HIR NEWS (10 July 2015) The UM HIR Research Business Centre continues its series of workshops and seminars to promote the usage of high-end equipment for UM and non-UM researchers. The latest seminar cum workshop on the use of Fluidigm for single-cell systems biology research was organized with Chemoscience (Malaysia) and attracted about 50 participants for the seminar and 15 participants from 5 institutions for the hands-on workshop. More Info
UM HIR NEWS (2 July 2015) HIR is pleased to announce the publication of twin papers in PLOS ONE by prolific author, Academician Emeritus Professor Dr. Yong Hoi Sen, ISB, Faculty of Science, and his research group. PLOS ONE is a peer-reviewed open access scientific journal published by the Public Library of Science (PLOS) since 2006. The journal covers primary research from any discipline within science and medicine. More Info
UM HIR NEWS (22 June 2015) HIR is delighted to fund this project on Pua Kumbu under the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities discipline, headed by Dr. Welyne Jeffrey Jehom, Department of Gender Studies, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and in collaboration with Prof. Harold Thwaites, Director, The Centre for Creative Content & Digital Innovation, UM. The Centre for Creative Content and Digital Innovation(CCCDI) is proud to present a groundbreaking exhibition to communicate the origins, cosmology and traditions of Pua Kumbu through polysensory and immersive digital media. More Info
UM HIR NEWS (18 JUNE 2015) HIR congratulates Prof. Dr. Hapipah Mohd Ali, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, and her collaborator, Prof. Dr. Mahmood Ameen Abdulla, Department of Biomedical Science, Faculty of Medicine, for having three papers in the current issue of Nature Scientific Reports. This is indeed a rare feat and a credit to the leadership of Prof. Hapipah and the hard work of her research team. The funding by HIR amounts to RM 13,864,420 million over a period of 5 years. More Info