Funding Opportunities - Information

General information on the available research grants are as follows:






Fundamental Research on the following research areas;

Science, Engineering, Medicine, Social Science & Humanities.

Multi/inter/transdisciplinary research.

Transdisiplinary research & aligned with (5) theme of UM-Grand Challenge

• Sustainable Resources

& Technology

• Active Ageing

• World Without Conflict

• Pushing Economic


• Eco-Resilient Cities


UM academicians (contract/ permanent):
Associate Professor
Senior Lecturer
Senior Research Fellow
Research Fellow

Minimum Sub-Program



Duration (months)





RM 60,000

RM300, 000 max/ program/per year

RM500,000 max/ challenge/per year

Research Collaboration

Encourage external collaboration at state or international level.

For Grand Challenge:

Must involve/include stakeholder (industry/agency/institution) upon submission of application

3.      Interested researchers can apply through the following:

UMRG Project

UMRG Program

Grand Challenge

Online through UM Portal

Application Form (attached)

Concept Paper (attached)

4.         The application deadline is on 31 March 2016 (Thursday).  Applications received after the closing date will not be processed.

5.         Please read and understand the terms and conditions stated in the guideline before submitting the application. Attached together with this email are the template for Grand Challenge concept paper, UMRG Program application form & guidelines for your perusal. Please note that the guidelines are subject to changes for improvements from time to time.

6.         Should you need any further assistance, please contact Research Clusters at:

Research Cluster

Contact Number

Sustainability Science(SuSci)

03 - 7967 7807

Frontier Science

03 - 7967 7805

Innovative Technology

03 - 7967 7804


03 - 7967 7802

Equitable Society

03 - 7967 7800


03 - 7967 7809


University Malaya Research Fund Assistance is formed to support academician staff to start doing research accordingly to Higher Education Institution requirement


* This grant can be applied once only during appointment in UM
  • This grant is only eligible to the respective academician staff
  • Young lecturer with less than 3 years of services
  • Ex-SLAB/SLAI Fellow who finished their study and are waiting for appointment in UM
  • Visiting Research Fellow with contract minimum 6 months – maximum 1 year.Those who are employed over more than 1 year are not eligible
  1. Science & Technology (S&T)
  2. Non Science & Technology (Non S&T)

Will be announced by PPGP
How To Apply ? Other University's Grants Contact Information
Download Form : BKP
  1. UMRG
  2. PPP
Director of PPGP
Centre for Research Grant Management (PPGP)
Aras 4, Kompleks Pengurusan Penyelidikan & Inovasi
University of Malaya
50603 Kuala Lumpur

Tel: +603-7967 4522
Fax: +603-7967 4648

To support projects carried out by postgraduate candidates which will result in publication of manuscripts in Tier 1 and/or Tier 2 ISI/Web of Science journals. 


  • Postgraduate candidates by full dissertation
  • Applications must be made in the name of their supervisors.
  • Academic staffs (except tutor) doing postgraduate studies, working permanently or on a contract basis in University of Malaya are not eligible for PPP.


Any field


Will be announced by PPGP

How To Apply ?
Other University's Grants
Contact Information
Download Form : PPP
  1. UMRG
  2. PPP
Director of PPGP
Centre for Research Grant Management (PPGP)
Aras 4, Kompleks Pengurusan Penyelidikan & Inovasi
University of Malaya
50603 Kuala Lumpur

Tel: +603-7967 4522
Fax: +603-7967 4648

UM Grand Challenges (GC) are identified through accomplishments, expertise and commitment at UM and aim to:
  • Enhance community and research leadership based on principles of social responsibility
  • Enhance community and research leadership based on principles of social responsibility
  • Foster multi- and trans-disciplinary research
  • Propel UM to be a university with a global outlook

Specific challenge-oriented research and innovation focusing on five (5) GCs will be carried out. These GCs are:

  • Active Ageing (Wellness Cluster)
  •  Eco-Resilient Cities (Sustainability Science Cluster)
  • Sustainable Resources & Technology (Innovative Technology Cluster)
  • World without Conflict (Humanities Cluster)
  • Pushing Economic Borders (Equitable Society Cluster)

GC1- Active Ageing

This Grand Challenge promotes the concept of active ageing at both thr individual and population level. It focuses on enabling people to realize their potential for physical, social, and mental well being throughout their life course and to participate in society according to their needs, desires and capacities.


1.Independent living
2.Inclusive technology
3.Psychosocial empowerment
4.Community reorientation, and
5.Protecting the rights of the vulnerable

GC2-World without Conflict

This grand challenge aims to address conflicts that arise from tensions between nations, ideologies, faiths and cultures; suffering that comes from illnesses and diseases in spite of proven prevention and cures; and diminishing quality of life despite technological, medical and other progress.

Projects can be framed as responses to conflict or problem resolution or reduction in the following areas: social cohesion, enhanced quality of life, education and equitable development.


1.Indigenous communities
2.Emerging socio-political trends
3.Emotional Well-being and Livability Studies
4.Equitable access to education
5.Inter-faith dialogue/Intercultural Studies

GC3-Eco-Resilient Cities

This Grand Challenge focuses on current and future challenges of Greater Kuala Lumpur in facing rapid urbanization,  degradation of environmental quality,  limited resources, community integration and infrastructure development. 


2.Quality Affordable Housing
3.Food Security

4.    Assessment Tools for Eco-Resilient Cities
5.UM Eco-Resilient Campus

GC4:  Sustainable Resources & Technology

This Grand Challenge is directed towards the development and application of sustainable resources and technology, with the broader aim of mitigating environmental degradation and climate change. Resources here mean biological and physical resources, and energy.


2.Products from bio-resources
3.Energy and resource efficient technology
4.Clean manufacturing/production

GC5-Pushing Economic Borders

This Grand Challenge welcomes research programmes to be carried out in areas such as innovative product and process development, human resources/skills development, business development, creation of high-income jobs and improvement of national competitiveness.   Research programmes may relate to the 12 NKEAS identified under the national Economic Transformation Programme formulated to propel Malaysia towards becoming a high-income nation by 2020.


1.Labour migration across borders
2.human capital development for a high-income nation
3.wealth creation through entrepreneurship
4.income-enhancing platform technology


 Universities are playing an increasingly central role in advancing sustainability at the local, regional and national scale through cross-sector collaborations.  Accompanying the launch of Future Earth, interest is mounting in the co-design and co-production of knowledge and solutions for advancing global sustainability, particularly in urban areas. One of the strategies that are gaining momentum worldwide is the ideas of converting university campuses as Living Labs. 

 The Living Lab approach is growing worldwide, and is being adopted by a number of leading universities around the world such as MIT, ETH Zurich, Harvard, Tokyo, National University of Singapore, and Nanyang Technological University. It is therefore timely for UM to be more proactive in this area as well.  Thus, we would like to invite UM researchers from all disciplines to submit research proposals for the UM Living Lab Grant Programme (UM LLGP) 2016. UM Living Lab Grant Programme focuses on translational and collaborative researches that aspire to tackle and solve sustainability issues specifically within campus and the community at large. The proposal should try to integrate the three pillars of sustainability, namely, People, Planet & Profit (3Ps).


  • This grant is open only to the academic staff of the University of Malaya.
  • Both contract and permanent academic staffs are eligible (for contract staff: at least with 1 year contract AND one permanent academic staff as co-researcher).

Program Duration & Funding:

  • We anticipate a budget of up to RM 100,000 for each UM LLGP project yearly.
  • The maximum duration allowed is 1 year.

Expected output

Every project is expected to deliver the following as their Key Performance Indicators:

  • Project targets – tangible and measurable indicator such as percentage of reduction, savings etc.
  • Capacity building – such as seminar, demonstration, training
  • Innovation / technology / knowledge transfer – prototype, development of a system
  • Community engagement
  • Network and Linkages
  • Publication – such as journal paper, books, guideline, policy paper, standards etc.

Contact Details

Institute of Research Management & Services (IPPP),
Level 7, Research Management & Innovation Complex,
University of Malaya,
50603 Kuala Lumpur.