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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 (20 April 2015)
Dialogue Session with Dato’ VC. HIR is appreciative of Dato’ VC for spending two hours to hold a dialogue session with UM Warga on 13 April 2015. The purpose of the dialogue session was to evaluate the progress that has been made with HIR1 and to share with the audience where HIR 1 will go from here. During the dialogue session, Dato’ VC reminded HIR PIs and Co-PIs to keep their promise of delivering on their KPIs by June 2016, as well as to address the various shortfalls, including Tier 1 publications. Dato’ VC then went on to update the audience on the status of HIR II and he also gave participants the opportunity to raise issues/questions pertaining to HIR.   More Info
UM HIR NEWS (17 April 2015)
The UM HIR Annual Report 2014 highlights some of the achievements for the year, which includes the publication of 953 Tier 1 ISI papers, with many in journals under the Nature Publishing Group. In the Chairman’s message, Prof. Dato’ Dr. Mohd Amin Jalaludin stated that 2014 has indeed been an exceptional year for HIR and congratulated all researchers for making good on their promises by meeting the targets set in their KPIs. He ended his message by saying that the pursuit of high impact research is now deeply rooted in the culture of UM, and that there is no turning back.  More Info
UM HIR NEWS (26 March 2015)
TWO TOP ARTICLES FROM UM FACULTY OF ENGINEERING. HIR congratulates Prof. Saad Mekhilef and his former Dr. Tey Kok Soon from the Power Electronics and Renewable Energy Research Laboratory (PEARL), Faculty of Engineering, University of Malaya for their TWO TOP ARTICLES, one in IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics which has an Impact Factor of 6.5 (ranked No. 2 among 248 Journals of Engineering, Electrical & Electronic based on the JCR Science 2013 Report, and the other in IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics which has an Impact Factor of 8.785 (ranked No. 1 among 43 journals of Engineering, Industrial and also ranked No. 1 among 102 Journals of Computer Science, Interdisciplinary Applications).  More Info
UM HIR NEWS (13 March 2015)
HIR would like to congratulate Prof. Dr. Mohd Ali Hashim and his multidisciplinary team of researchers in getting this article into PLOS One. A combined effort from engineering and medical researchers on toxicological studies. Over the last half century, chemical engineers have contributed to various medical endeavours such as modernizing disease diagnosis systems, detection of toxicity of chemicals and improvement of the safety and efficacy of drug delivery mechanism.   More Info
UM HIR NEWS (12 March 2015)
UM HIR is pleased to announce a new publication in Nature Scientific Reports by Dr. Vengadesh Periasamy (Low Dimensional Materials Research Centre, LDMRC), Prof. Dr. Phang Siew  Moi (Institute of Ocean and Earth Sciences, IOES) and their team of postgraduate students (Ng Fong-Lee, Muhammad Musoddiq Jaafar, Chan Zhijian, Nurul Anati Salleh and Siti Zulfikriyah Azmi) in collaboration with their collaborators from the Centre for Research in Electrochemical Science and Technology (CREST), Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, University of Cambridge.  More Info
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