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 (7 January 2016) HIR – THE FINAL AUDIT. The Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia (MOHE) appointed a team of senior professors from various local universities to audit the progress of HIR. Since HIR will end on 30th June 2016, this audit exercise will be the last before the submission of the final report to MOHE. Prof. Dato’ Dr. Mohd Amin Jalaludin, UM Vice Chancellor and Chairman of HIR Committee, welcomed the panel members and made a presentation, highlighting the progress of HIR in 2015. More Info
UM HIR NEWS (18 November 2015) HIR is pleased to announce the appointment of Sir Richard (Rich) Roberts as a member of the UM HIR Advisory Council. Rich is a British biochemist and molecular biologist and was awarded the 1993 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Phillip Allen Sharp for the discovery of introns in eukaryotic DNA and the mechanism of gene-splicing. He is currently the Chief Scientific Officer at New England Biolabs (NEB), Beverly, Massachusetts, USA. More Info
UM HIR NEWS (30 October 2015) On 26th October 2015, HIR held an appreciation lunch at the new Pusat Alumni Universiti Malaya (PAUM) Clubhouse to honour three HIR researchers for being recipients of various national awards recently. Our Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Dato’ Dr. Mohd Amin Jalaludin, as Chairman of HIR Committee, officiated the event. In his speech, Dato’ VC congratulated the three winners, Prof. Dr. Mohd Ali Hashim, Prof. Dr. Hany Ariffin and Miss Chua Ling Ling. More Info
UM HIR BREAKING NEWS (29 October 2015) HIR congratulates Dr. Welyne Jeffrey Jehom from the Department of Gender Studies, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, for having her HIR-funded Pua Kumbu Weaving Industry Project selected as Social and Solidarity Economy Best Practice for Malaysia by SUSY. Human Resources Without Borders (HRWB), an NGO representing France in a consortium of 23 countries, is collaborating with Dr. Welyne within the framework of a European project SUSY. More Info
UM HIR BREAKING NEWS (21 October 2015) Rice Bowls and Flexible Glass: Asean Awards. HIR congratulates Professor Dr. Faisal Rafiq Mahmd Adikan and Dr. Ghafour Amouzad Mahdiraji, Flexilicate (Malaysia), for being selected as one of the 30 finalists in the Rice Bowl Startup Awards 2015. This was announced on 16 October 2015, reflecting the innovation and excellence of startups across Southeast Asia. According to Ashran Dato’ Ghazi, Chairman of New Entrepreneurs Foundation, 376 entries were submitted from nine countries across Southeast Asia and the panel of 35 judges had a tough time evaluating and shortlisting the finalists. More Info