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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 NEWS (18 February 2015)
The UM HIR-Leica Microscopy Solutions Workshop. In recent years, major advancements in microscopy have led to the invention of different super-high resolution microscopes for examining and imaging biological and physical samples. UM HIR has set up a state-of-the-art microscopy unit with the following Leica microscope systems for use by researchers: Models DMI6000, DM6000B, and M205A.  More Info
UM HIR NEWS (17 February 2015)
Linux Operating System Workshop Co-organised by UM HIR and BioEasy Sdn Bhd on 26 January 2015. A high-performance computer (HPC) cluster server has been installed in the UM HIR Building for data storage, analysis, and interpretation associated with the large datasets created by Next Generation Sequencing (NGS). This cluster server consists of the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS)/Database Storage SMP Server (GPU accelerated), NAS Storage Cluster, High Speed NGS Disk Storage, and components including hardware/software libraries.  More Info
UM HIR NEWS (28 January 2015)
Prof. Rajah Rasiah from the Department of Development Studies, Faculty of Economics and Administration, was recently awarded the 2014 the World Academy of Sciences-Celso Furtado Prize in Social Sciences for his pioneering contribution to the concept and methodology of technological capabilities and establishing its relationship with economic development. The award is named after Celso Furtado, one of the leading Latin American economists from Brazil, and is given out once every three years. Prof. Rasiah and his research team recently published a paper in Medicine (Impact Factor 4.867) based on their HIR-funded project.  More Info
UM HIR NEWS (31 December 2014)
Welcome to HIR Family – Dr. Koh Chong Lek. HIR is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Koh Chong Lek as Head of the Research Business Unit. Dr. Koh obtained his BSc (Hons) in Genetics from UM in 1970, MSc (UM) in Genetics in 1973, PhD in Biochemistry from the University of London and DIC from Imperial College of Science and Technology in 1981. Dr Koh is no stranger to many at UM. He joined UM as a Tutor in 1970 and worked his way up the academic ladder to full professor in 1995, retiring in 2004.  More Info
UM HIR NEWS (22 December 2014)
Professor Dr. Ramesh Singh and Professor Dr. Mohd Hamdi Abd Shukor : Recipients of the MTSF 2014 Science and Technology Award. HIR offers its heartiest congratulations to Professor Dr. Ramesh Singh and Professor Dr. Mohd Hamdi Abd Shukor, Faculty of Engineering, for winning the 2014 Malaysian Toray Science Foundation S&T Award based on their research funded by HIR.  More Info
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