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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 (19 May 2015)
RECRUITING HIR BRIGHT SPARKS TO ENSURE HIR II. During the recent dialogue session with Dato’ VC, it was pointed out that we have only managed to recruit 339 UM Bright Sparks. This represents only 43.18% of what we promised the Ministry of Education (MoE). In order to attract more students and research assistants to join the scheme, Dato’ VC agreed to change the criteria to attract and recruit more to join the BS programme.  More Info
UM HIR NEWS (13 May 2015)
NMR Spectrometers Available For Booking & New Rental Rates. UM HIR is pleased to announce the commissioning of the two units of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometers, a Bruker Fourier 300 MHz NMR and a Bruker Avance III 600 MHz NMR. The NMR services for structural elucidation of chemical compounds are now available to UM researchers and students. Below are the charges for its various NMR services:  More Info
UM HIR NEWS (7 May 2015)
TWIN PUBLICATIONS IN PLOS ONE FROM THE DENTAL FACULTY. HIR congratulates Prof. Dr. Phrabhakran Nambiar, Faculty of Dentistry, and his collaborators for the publication of two papers in PLOS One. Prof. Dr. Nambiar, the recepient of the HIR grant, works closley with consultant maxillofacial surgeon, Prof. Dr Ngeow Wei Cheong and prosthodontist, Dr. Jacob John at the Faculty of Dentistry for success of this research.  More Info
UM HIR NEWS (5 May 2015)
Do we need to pay for Tier 1 publications? It is now becoming a normal practice to publish in journals for which PIs have to pay publication charges. According to Academician Emeritus Professor Dr. Yong Hoi Sen, there are still many Tier 1 journals which do not have such charges. He should know as he and his co-researchers have just published two papers on the rat lungworm, Angiostrongylus cantonensis, the causative agent of eosinophilic meningitis in Acta Tropica.  More Info
UM HIR NEWS (30 April 2015)
HIR congratulates Dr. Tee Kok Keng (Department of Medicine) and Prof. Ng Kee Peng (Department of Medical Microbiology) for their article in PLOS Medicine. PLOS Medicine is the leading open-access medical journal, providing an influential venue for outstanding research and commentary on the major challenges to human health worldwide. It seeks to publish articles relevant to clinicians and policymakers across a range of settings that adheres to the highest standards of methodology, ethics and reporting and addresses the major biological, environmental, social, and political determinants of health.  More Info
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