MALAYSIAN GOVERNMENT

Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) Grants

To achieve the countries growth on research and innovation, the ministry of higher education (MOHE) has initiated grants RM 741 million for 2 years running under RMKe-10. Four types of funds that have been initiated for private institution which is Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS) in 2010 and in 2011 3 other types of funds which are Long Term Research Grant Scheme (LRGS), Exploratory Research Grants Scheme (ERGS) and Prototype Development Research Grant Scheme (PRGS).

 

Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS)

Ministry of Higher education (MOHE) has allocated RM 200 million to fund research projects in Public University as well as Private University in Malaysia. This research fund aims to propagate the generation of new theories, concepts and ideas that can be the catalyst for new discoveries that can be a break through the borders of innovation and knowledge.

FRGS grant funding covers the basic clusters that support the country’s strategic agenda. Identified clusters are as follows: –

  • Pure and Applied Sciences;
  • Technology and Engineering;
  • Health and Clinical Sciences;
  • Social Sciences
  • Arts and Applied Arts;
  • Natural and Cultural Heritage; and
  • Information and Communication Technology.

QUANTUM RM250,000.00
Project duration: 3 years

FRGS 2018 guidelines here

 

Long Term Research Grant Scheme (LRGS)

This research fund aims to enhance excellence in the development of theory, innovative ideas and innovative inventions in strategic niche areas.

 Eight niche for high impact factor are:-

  • Global warming;
  • Infectious Diseases;
  • Tropical Diseases;
  • Food security;
  • Energy & Water Security;
  • Information and communication technology (ICT);
  • Advanced and Value Added Manufacturing; and
  • Societal Wellbeing

QUANTUM RM3,000,000.00
Project duration: 3 – 5 years

LRGS 2018 guidelines here

 

Prototype Research Grant Scheme (PRGS)

The PRGS Fund was created to help bridge the gap between research and commercial discoveries for the purpose of creating new technologies / discoveries in line with the K-economy needs and the implementation of the New Economic Model. It is open to all research clusters that have had findings that require Prototype Development.

QUANTUM RM500,000.00
Project duration: 2 years

PRGS 2018 guidelines here

 

Transdisciplinary Research Grant Scheme (TRGS)

The fund is created for fundamental and exploratory research which produce new theories, concepts and ideas for the development of knowledge. This fund aims to propagate the generation of theory, concept and a new idea that can be the catalyst for a new discovery breaking through the boundaries of knowledge and innovative creation. This program must involve a minimum of three (3) projects under different clusters from the same institution. Exceptions are given for certain cases involving a maximum of one (1) cluster from another IPTA.

TRGS grant funding covers the basic clusters that support the country’s strategic agenda. The sub clusters that cross-discipline are as follows: –

  • Genuine and Applied Sciences (Pure and Applied Sciences)
  • Technology and Engineering (Technology and Engineering)
  • Health and Clinical Sciences (Clinical and Health Sciences)
  • Social Sciences (Social Sciences)
  • Literary and Literary Arts (Arts and Applied Arts)
  • Natural and Cultural Heritage (Natural Heritage)
  • Information and Communication Technology (Information and Communication Technology)

QUANTUM RM1,500,000.00
Project duration: 3 years

TRGS 2018 guidelines here

 

Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) Grants

SMART Challenge Fund

The SMART Fund is the government’s initiatives open to business and researchers interested in competing for funding opportunities.

The objectives of this fund are divided into two categories: –

  • To tackle strategic issues that will provide long term solutions, thus, ensuring commercialization of new R&D products to spur economic returns for the country. This fund covers pre-commercialisation stage with the technology readiness level (TRL) 4.
  • To tackle prioritised issues that need immediate solution leading to improvement of societal wellbeing. This fund covers pre-commercialisation stage with the technology readiness level (TRL) 6.

Technology Readiness Levels is a method of characterising technological maturity from the most basic research (TRL 1) through to full-scale-real-world operation (TRL 9).

The proposed projects must be within the following priority areas: –

  • Water, Food, and Energy Nexus;
  • Green Growth for Sustainable Development; and
  • Medical and Healthcare.

The quantum and duration of funding approved will be based on the merits of each application which is as follows:-

Strategic Fund

QUANTUM RM1,000,000.00
Project duration: 2 years

Prioritised Fund

QUANTUM RM3,000,000.00
Project duration: 2 years
Minimum paid up capital in cash of RM10,000.00

SMART Fund guidelines here

Applications are open throughout the year 

Full proposal must be submitted through the online system at http://edana.mosti.gov.my

 

Innovation Fund (InnoFund)

a) Enterprise

The aim of the Enterprise Innovation Fund is to increase the participation of micro-businesses and individuals in innovative activities and encourage technological innovation of new or existing products, process or services for commercialization.

b) Community

The aim of the Community Innovation Fund is to assist community groups in translating knowledge and ideas into products, processes or services that improve the socio-economic standing and quality of life of the community.

InnoFund focuses on the following research areas: –

  • Life Sciences;
  • Computer Sciences and Information and Communication Technology (ICT);
  • Agriculture Sciences/Agricultural Engineering;
  • Environmental Sciences;
  • Advanced Materials Science;
  • Chemical Sciences;
  • Physical and Mathematical Sciences;
  • Engineering;
  • Medical and Health Sciences and
  • Social Sciences and Humanities.

The quantum and duration of funding approved will be based on merits of each application, not exceeding the limit as stated in the table below: –

Fund Type Duration Entity Maximum Quantum (RM)
EIF 12 months Individual 50,000
Sole proprietorship / Partnership 150,000
Companies 500,000
Minimum paid up capital in cash of RM10,000.00
CIF 18 months Registered Associations / NGOs 500,000
Registered Cooperatives
Community Group

InnoFund guidelines here

Applications are open throughout the year 

Full proposal must be submitted through the online system at http://edana.mosti.gov.my

 

Facilitation Fund

The objectives of this fund are as the following: –

  • To help reduce failure in between the pre-commercialization and commercialization phase
  • Helps to increase the market-readiness level of R&D products through guidance from the MOSTI Agency which is appointed as the Implementing Agency
  • Priority is given to MOSTI fund recipient and end-product based on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI)

The Implementing Agencies appointed by MOSTI are as the following: –

  • SIRIM Berhad
  • Bioeconomy Corporation
  • MIMOS Berhad
  • Malaysia Design Council
  • Technology Park Malaysia (TPM)

The preparation and facilitation of the product commercialization include:

  • The design and product packaging
  • The accreditation/certification/audit technology
  • Incubation
  • Mandatory training related to the project
  • Up-scaling

QUANTUM RM500,000.00
Project duration: 18 months

Facilitation Fund guidelines here

Applications are open throughout the year 

 

International Collaboration Fund

The objective of this fund is to encourage and promote co-operation in science, technology and innovation through joint research and development activities for mutual benefit.This fund is intended to assist applicant to pursue analytical validation and proof of concept on Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 3.

The proposed project must be within the framework of the research areas as follows:

  • Biotechnology
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Computer Sciences and Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
  • Medical and Health Sciences
  • Agriculture and Forestry

QUANTUM RM500,000.00
Project duration: 2 years

International Collaboration Fund guidelines here

Applications are open throughout the year 

Ministry of Finance (MOF)  

Cradle Fund Sdn Bhd (Cradle), an agency under MOF is a not-for-profit organization that manages the RM100 million Cradle Investment Programme since its inception in 2003. An additional RM175 million was recently added to this allocation under the 10th Malaysia Plan for 2011-2015.

For more information please visit: http://www.cradle.com.my/

Cradle provides two types of grants, CIP Catalyst and U-CIP Catalyst. CIP Catalyst and U-CIP Catalyst are pre-seed conditional grants meant for technology- entrepreneurs to turn their ideas into life-changing products.

For more information please visit: http://www.cradle.com.my/products/u-cip/

Application is now open 

Malaysian Technology Development Corporation (MTDC)

Mini Research Grant

The MTDC Mini Research Grant is dedicated to support empirical and field-research in areas relevant to MTDC’s core business, including, but not limited to commercialization of R&D, technology transfer, technology entrepreneurship and innovation.

Objectives

The objectives of the MTDC Mini Research Grant are:

  • To support the generation of data on MTDC’s programmes, services and activities.
  • To support research that will generate new knowledge on commercialization of R&D, technology transfer, technology entrepreneurship and innovation.
  • To create database and research capabilities on technology commercialization and transfer, entrepreneurship and innovation, which would be of great importance and utility at local and national level of policy decisions on technology commercialization and transfer.
  • To create awareness and promote intellectual discourse among researchers on commercialization of R&D, technology transfer, technology entrepreneurship and innovation through empirical and field-research undertaking.

For more information please visit: https://www.mtdc.com.my/index.php/en/mini-research-grant/

Halal Technology Development Fund (Halal Fund)

Halal Technology Development Fund (Halal Fund) is specifically designed to nurture and finance Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) for long term growth and export-driven through halal-compliant activities.

The primary focus of Halal Fund is to provide companies with access to the best advisory services and networks. The activities include halal product development and processes, services and regulatory compliance. The activities are part of an effort to overcome barriers and hurdles to bring halal products/services to market.

Halal fund also provides an opportunity for companies to create innovation partnership with university/research institution/halal related agencies or solution providers to address technical challenges in the development of new halal products/services.

Objectives

The objectives of Halal Fund are:

  • To increase the economic contribution of Halal sector SMEs through export of halal products/services.
  • To develop, nurture and increase the participation of SMEs in halal-based industry set-up.
  • To create employment opportunities for locals in halal-compliant industry.
  • To transform Malaysia to be a hub for production of halal-based products and services for the international market.

Halal Fund is divided into two categories: Halal Fund 1 and Halal Fund 2

For more information please visit: https://www.mtdc.com.my/index.php/en/introduction-htdf/

Human Life Advancement Foundation (HLAF)

The foundation is newly established active in the fields of education, technology transfer and sustainable development in developing world. It strives to be an innovative institution responsive to the needs of society for innovations, knowledge and technology by supporting fruitful interaction between firms, academia and public sector.

For more information please visit: http://hlaf.org.my/grant-0

Newton Ungku Omar Fund

NewtonUngku Omar Fund (NUOF) is a partnership programme between the Government of the United Kingdom (UK) and Malaysia to develop collaboration on research and innovation.

As one of the NUOF Malaysian delivery partners, the Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM) manages and implements a programme called as Mobility Grants in collaboration with the Royal Society.

This programme aims to help strengthen the research and innovation capacity of researchers from partner countries by assisting them in visiting or sending staff and students to the UK and developing networks, research projects and partnerships with their UK hosts/ counterparts and the wider UK research and innovation community.

There are two opening for NUOF programmes under ASM as below :

  • Mobility Grants in Natural Sciences

The Royal Society offers Newton International Exchanges as mobility grants to provide international researchers with funding towards travel, subsistence and research expenses for either a one-off short visit to explore opportunities for building lasting networks or for bilateral visits to strengthen emerging collaborations.

The aims are to:

  • Strengthen research capacity of the partner countries – by facilitating training and skill transfer from the UK to partner countries;
  • Support excellent research – by linking the best researchers in the UK with the best researchers and their groups in partner countries and providing support for initial exploratory research;
  • Establish long term research links – between both partners to ensure sustainable research capacity in partner countries and benefit to the UK research community in the longer term.

The funding available is dependent upon the length of the visit and the partner country.  Applicants may request:

  • up to £3,000 for one-off travel lasting up to 3 months;
  • up to £6,000 for multiple visits to be completed within 1 year (including a maximum of £1,000 for research expenses);
  • up to £12,000 for multiple visits to be completed within 2 years (including a maximum of £2,000 for research expenses).

For more information, please go to the following link https://royalsociety.org/grants-schemes-awards/grants/newton-mobility-grants/.

  • Mobility Grants in Social Sciences & Humanities

Newton Mobility Grants provide support for international researchers based in a country covered by the Newton Fund to establish and develop collaboration with UK researchers around a specific jointly defined research project.

The aims are to:

  • Strengthen research capacity of the partner countries – by facilitating training and skill transfer from the UK to partner countries;
  • Support excellent research – by linking the best researchers in the UK with the best researchers in partner countries and providing support for collaborative research;
  • Establish long term research links – between both partners to ensure sustainable research capacity in partner countries and benefit to the UK research community in the longer term.

Grants are offered up to a maximum of £10,000 for one year. £5,000 from the British Academy, and £5,000 from ASM.

For more information, please go to the following link https://www.britac.ac.uk/newton-mobility-grants.