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).
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UM HIR NEWS (19 April 2016) The number of the Malaysian elderly population over 60 years old is projected to increase from 2 million in 2010 (7% of total population) to 3.4 million (11%) by 2020. By 2050, it is projected that Malaysia will have an elderly population of at least 9 million, which accounts for 22% of the total population. The triumph of modern society is moving way too fast for the present ageing population, and leaving them adrift in the social, economic and environmental progress. This impact can easily undermine their ability to continue being productive citizens – be it for themselves, their families or the nation. More Info
UM HIR BREAKING NEWS (15 April 2016) Congratulations to Prof. Yvonne A.L. Lim and postdoc Dr. Lee Soo Ching, Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Medicine, for their article “Helminth Infection Promotes Colonization Resistance via Type 2 Immunity” which appeared online on 14 April in the prestigious journal SCIENCE (Impact Factor 33.611). This paper resulted from Prof. Lim’s project, partly funded by HIR, and conducted in collaboration with Dr. P’ng Loke, associate professor at New York University. More Info
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UM HIR NEWS (6 April 2016) Research funding is one of the most critical requirements for establishing a vibrant research culture. For the Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology (FSKTM), this requirement was fulfilled through HIR funding in 2011. The funding significantly transformed the research culture at the faculty and allowed it to explore its potential on relatively new ventures through the formation of dedicated research groups. HIR funded projects have also managed to attract foreign research partners from Australia, Canada, China, Saudi Arabia and USA. More Info