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 (8 June 2016) HIR SUCCESSFUL MODEL IN GROOMING YOUNG SCIENTISTS. HIR Young Scientist, Mr. Alireza Yaghoubi, has written this personal account of the time he spent in HIR in the hope that this will inspire undergraduates to dare to go beyond the routine and achieve the unimaginable. We appreciate his contribution to HIR and wish him every success as he leaves us to pursue his PhD degree. More Info
UM HIR NEWS (3 June 2016) This special project, the brainchild and vision in promoting community engagement projects by our Vice Chancellor, Professor Dato’ Dr. Mohd Amin Jalaludin, has resulted in the building of a low cost model house incorporating green technology using construction materials costing less than RM 20,000. The launching ceremony of this low cost green house was officiated by YB Dato’ Seri Idris Jusoh, Minister of Higher Education, Malaysia on 2 June 2016. More Info
UM HIR NEWS (1 June 2016) Two MoUs were signed between University of Malaya and two French institutions in support of HIR projects headed by Associate Professor Dr. Chan Kok Gan, Institute of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, during the launch of the ICT-BioAsia Workshop held in UM on 30 May 2016 by the Honorable Minister Datuk Dr. Abu Bakar Mohamad Diah, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation. These MoUs involved the University of Malaya, the French National Centre for Scientific Research (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique or CNRS) and the Paris Natural History Museum (Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, MNHN). More Info
UM HIR NEWS (17 May 2016) HIR congratulates Associate Professor Dr. Chan Kok Gan and his research team for the discovery of the plasmid mediated colistin resistance gene (mcr-1), making Malaysia one of the first countries in which scientists found the mcr-1 gene. The study is part of the of UM 1,000 Genome Consortium Project on multidrug resistant bacteria. The paper entitled “Emergence of mcr-1-mediated colistin resistance in Escherichia coli in Malaysia” will appear in the Journal of Antimicrobial Agents. More Info
UM HIR NEWS (3 May 2016) University of Malaya Breast Cancer Research Group was able to continue collaborating with Cancer Research Malaysia (CRM, formerly known as Cancer Research Initiatives Foundation or CARIF) in 2011 following the award of a HIR MoHE grant for Breast Cancer Research to Prof. Dr. Nur Aishah Mohd Taib and Prof. Dato’ Dr. Yip Cheng Har, Department of Surgery, UMMC, as Principal Investigators, and Adjunct Prof. Dr. Teo Soo Hwang, CRM CEO, as Co-PI. More Info