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 2013
Deadline Submit Application
30th April 2013
30th June 2013
31st October 2013
31st December 2013
UM HIR BREAKING NEWS (5th April 2013) HIR is pleased to announce the publication of a high impact paper (IF 3.7) in the journal Plasmonics, by Assoc Prof. Dr. Raymond Ooi and his research student from the Quantum and Laser Science group (QLS), Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, UM. The paper entitled “Controlling Double Quantum Coherence and Electromagnetic Induced Transparency with Plasmonic Metallic Nanoparticle” is a product of research work conducted after attending an international conference on plasmonics in China in early 2012. The work is ongoing and is funded by a HIR-MoHE Grant. More Info
UM HIR NEWS (28th March 2013) KUALA LUMPUR, 27 March - Over 80 regions of the genome that can increase an individual’s risk of breast and ovarian cancers have been found in the largest ever study of its kind, published today in a series of articles in the top scientific journals Nature Genetics and Nature Communications. More Info
UM HIR NEWS (21st March 2013) HIR was pleased to play host to the official visit of UM Nobel Fellow, Dr. Barry Marshall, during his annual visit to UM, from 18th-19th March. He held a series of discussions with Prof. Jamuna Vadivelu and her team of Helicobacter researchers, including two young researchers from Hyderabad, and reviewed the progress made since his last visit. More Info
UM HIR NEWS (19th March 2013) HIR was pleased to play host to the official visit of Dr. Rita Colwell on Thursday, 14th March 2013. Dr. Colwell is Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland at College Park and at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA. She is currently the President Science Envoy to the Asia Pacific. Her research interests focus on on global infectious diseases and she is currently developing an international network to address emerging infectious diseases and water issues. More Info
UM HIR NEWS (18th March 2013) The Faculty of Engineering Photonics Research Group has once again brought credit to UM by being featured in the March issue of Optics & Photonics News (OPN), one of the world’s top technical magazines in the field of photonics. This time, it is their work on corrosion sensing which hits the global headline. HIR congratulates Assoc. Prof. Faisal Rafiq Muhamad Adikan, Acting Dean of Engineering, who heads this research. More Info