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FUNDING – NATIONAL

MALAYSIAN GOVERNMENT

To facilitate continued growth in research and innovation throughout the country, Malaysia’s Ministry of Education (MOE) has initiated grants of RM 741 million for 2 years running under the 10th Malaysian Plan (RMK10). Four types of funds have been initiated for private institutions – the Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS) in 2010 and the Long-Term Research Grant Scheme (LRGS), the Exploratory Research Grants Scheme (ERGS) and the Prototype Development Research Grant Scheme (PRGS) in 2011.

National Priority Areas (NPA)

Each application must meet one of the following NPAs:

(a) Food Security;

(b) Energy Security;

(c) Plantation Crops;

(d) Cyber Security;

(e) Water Security;

(f) Biodiversity;

(g) Healthcare and Medicine;

(h) Environment and Climate Change; or

(i) Transportation and Mobility

* Note: This Priority Sector includes IR4.0 (Cyber Security, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence) which refers to National Policy on Industry 4.0.

Research Cluster

Each application must meet one of the following research clusters: –

(a) Food Safety & Security;

(b) Basic Infrastructure;

(c) Climate Change & Environment;

(d) Health;

(e) Education & Knowledgeable Civil Society;

(f) National Security;

(g) Social & Economic Wellbeing; or

(h) Frontier Technologies & Advanced Manufacturing

Research Domain

Each application must meet one of the following research domains: –

(a) Pure and Applied Sciences;

(b) Technology and Engineering;

(c) Clinical and Health Sciences;

(d) Social Sciences;

(e) Arts and Applied Arts;

(f) Natural and Cultural Heritage;

(g) Information and Communication Technology.

Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS)

A culture of research is imperative for any country aspiring to be a developed nation. For this, a special fund is needed. The Fundamental Research Grants Scheme (FRGS) encourages basic research to generate knowledge that can contribute to the improvement of intellectual levels, the creation of new technologies and dynamic cultural enrichment in line with national aspirations. Fundamental research refers to the basic research that can generate new theories, concepts and ideas for the development of knowledge.

QUANTUM: RM250,000

Project duration: 2 or 3 years

FRGS 2020 guidelines here 

Prototype Research Grant Scheme (PRGS)

Most prototype development research results cannot be commercialized, as these results are still in preliminary stages. For continuity, the Prototype Development Research Grant Scheme (PRGS) was created to help bridge the gap between research findings and commercialisation for the purpose of creating new technologies in line with K-Economics requirements and implementation of the New Economic Model. Funds were created for prototype development to bridge the gap between laboratory / research findings even before pre-commercialization. These include proof of concept, evaluation, up-scaling, pre-clinical testing and field testing.

QUANTUM RM500,000

Project duration: 1 – 2 years

PRGS 2020 guidelines here 

Transdisciplinary Research Grant Scheme (TRGS)

The Transdisciplinary Research Grant Scheme (TRGS) encompasses fundamental and exploratory research, promoting knowledge generation that can contribute to intellectual development, the development of knowledge boundaries, the creation of new technologies and dynamic cultural integration in line with national aspirations. TRGS has been able to build cohesiveness across a broad range of research clusters, focal and transdisciplinary, to place Malaysia on a par with advanced countries in terms of fundamental research in specific domains. TRGS research is a fundamental and exploratory research that can generate new theories, concepts and ideas for the development of knowledge.

Research Domain

The programme must involve a minimum of three (3) projects under a different research domain from the same university. Exceptions are given in certain cases involving a maximum of one (1) domain from another public university.

The TRGS grant funding covers the basic domain that supports the country’s strategic agenda. Sub-domains across the research discipline under identified domains are as follows:

(a) Pure and Applied Sciences;

(b) Technology and Engineering;

(c) Clinical and Health Sciences;

(d) Social Sciences;

(e) Arts and Applied Arts;

(f) Natural and Cultural Heritage;

(g) Information and Communication Technology.

Applications involving the corpus of science & technology and social & human sciences are highly encouraged.

QUANTUM RM1,500,000 (first year not exceeding 50% from the overall allocation)

Project duration: 3 years

TRGS 2020 guidelines here

Long Term Research Grant Scheme (LRGS)

The Long-Term Research Grant Scheme (LRGS) aims to promote excellence in research that expands the boundaries of knowledge, especially in focus areas. The LRGS has been able to build cohesion across multiple institutions and multi-disciplinary properties, as well as putting Malaysia on the world map in terms of fundamental research in specific focus areas. LRGS is a fundamental investigation involving extensive scope, and long periods of time – requiring high commitment levels. LRGS can also generate new theories and ideas that are grounded in strategic areas for expanding the boundaries of knowledge.

QUANTUM RM3,000,000 per year

Project duration: 3 – 5 years

LRGS 2020 guidelines here

TRGS and LRGS Call for Proposals

Ministry of Science, Technology & Innovation (MOSTI)

R&D Fund

The Research & Development Fund (R&D Fund) is the government’s initiatives which are open to businesses and researchers interested in obtaining fund to carry out projects for economic growth and societal benefit.

Proposed projects must be at least at Proof of Concept (POC) level; it must be well-designed, scientifically valid, and competitive with current technologies and research works. The project output shall be new products, processes or systems by which value can be created for customers, businesses and society.

 Eligible Applicant: 

 Small and Medium Enterprises

Quantum and Duration of Funding:

RM3,000,000.00 and 24 Months

Applications are open throughout the year 

Guidelines for MOSTI R&D fund

The application can be made via eDana at http://edana.mosti.gov.my.

 

International Collaboration Fund (ICF)

The International Collaboration Fund (ICF) is a grant provided by the Government for international joint R&D projects between researchers from Malaysia and other countries. The aim of the fund is to provide a platform for investment in expanding and enhancing research capacity, and increasing collaborative R&D partnership for competitive R&D projects that are innovative, give high impact and can subsequently contribute to the advancement of knowledge and technology development leading to commercialization.

In encouraging international collaboration on a higher level, we hope to increase Malaysia’s international competitiveness through research findings which are able to lead to new technologies while strengthening national research capacity and capability.

Eligible Applicant:

This fund is open to all researchers, scientists and engineers who are employed on a permanent or contractual basis from the following organisations:

  • Government Research Institutions (GRIs);
  • Government Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Agencies; and
  • Public and Private Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) with accredited research programmes.

Quantum and Duration of Funding:

RM500,000.00 and 24 months

Applications are open throughout the year 

The application can be made via eDana at http://edana.mosti.gov.my.

Guidelines for ICF

Cradle Fund Sdn Bhd (Cradle) is Malaysia’s early stage start-up influencer, incorporated under the Ministry of Finance Malaysia (MOF) in 2003 with a mandate to fund potential and high-calibre tech start-ups through its Cradle Investment Programme (CIP). Cradle provides three types of grants, Cradle Investment Programme 300 (CIP 300), DEQ 800, Coach and Grow Programme (CGP), Angel Tax Incentive and Cradle Seed Ventures (CSV).

  • CIP300 is a pre-commercialisation programme which provides financial and value added assistance up to RM300,000 for entrepreneurs to kick-start innovative technology based business ventures.
  • DEQ800 is a form of equity investment of up to RM800,000 for local tech start-ups. This programme aims to fund local early stage high potential technology start-ups.
  • CGP is a market driven coaching programme intended to bring together key players in the entrepreneurial ecosystem to support and fortify technology entrepreneurs grow their businesses to greater heights.
  • Cradle administers the Angel Tax Incentive, which was designed for Angel Investors to be accorded a tax deduction of up to RM 500,000 in the third year. Its objective is to stimulate and encourage angel investments form the private sector into technology based start-up companies in Malaysia
  • CSV is the venture capital arm of Cradle. CSV manages an early stage venture fund based out of Malaysia and is always on the lookout for start-ups with high growth potential, led by passionate founders with high levels of enthusiasm.

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

Application is now open 

Hasanah Special Grant 2020 (HSG2020) – partnership between Yayasan Hasanah and MOF

Aim

  • To support social programs to improve the quality of life of the targeted groups such as  the “poor families” or the bottom 40 communities including vulnerable communities, for e.g. refugees, orang asal, aging community, homeless community, at risk children, women and youth; and persons with disabilities or people with special needs from Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak.

MTDC Mini Social Research Grant

The MTDC Mini Social Research Grant is dedicated to support empirical and field-research in areas relevant to MTDC’s core business, such as commercialisation of R&D, technology transfer and technology entrepreneurship.

Scope

  • Impact/outcome studies;
  • Comparative/benchmark studies;
  • Exploratory studies; and
  • Assessment studies

Eligibility Criteria

  • The grant is open to all researchers who are employed on a permanent or contractual basis from the following types of organisation:
    • Government Research Institutions; and
    • Public & Private Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) with accredited research programmes.
  • Contract researchers will be required to furnish proof that their employment contract is valid throughout the research period proposed.
  • Expatriates are eligible to apply for the grant subject to having a permanently employed, Malaysian co-researcher from the same institution on the research team.
  • A researcher can lead only one (1) project at any time, and must submit an End of Project Report before submitting a new application.

Selection Criteria

  • Approval of research projects to be funded by the grant is subject to the following conditions:
    • Research focus: The research is non-scientific and non-product based but is empirical and has achievable milestones.
    • Research competence: The research team must be able to demonstrate that the team possesses sufficient knowledge and competence to carry out the research successfully to completion.
    • Impact to MTDC: The project has clear and measurable expected outputs and outcomes that will benefit MTDC either directly or indirectly.

Project Duration: Maximum allowable is 24 months.

Mini Social Research Grant guidelines

 

Halal Technology Development Fund

Halal Technology Development Fund (Halal Fund) is specifically designed to finance and nurture small and medium enterprises (SMEs) for long-term growth and export through halal compliant activities. The primary focus of the fund is to provide companies with access to the best advisory services and networks. The activities include halal product development process and regulatory compliance services, as part of the effort to overcome barriers and hurdles to bring halal products and services to market. Halal Fund is divided into two categories: Halal Fund 1 (Halal products and services for the local market) and Halal Fund 2 (Halal products and services for the international market)

Eligible Sectors

The following sectors are eligible for the fund:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Ingredients and Additives
  • Cosmetics & Personal Care
  • Pharmaceutical & Nutraceuticals
  • Innovative Halal Products and Services

Project Duration

Halal Fund 1 and 2: Six (6) years whereby two (2) years for the implementation phase and four (4) years for repayment

For more information please visit: https://www.mtdc.com.my/business-funding/htdf/

Science & Technology Grants

The Human Life Advancement Foundation (HLAF) is an international organisation active in the fields of the education, technology transfer and sustainable development in developing world. Our mission is to develop networks of organizations and individuals able and willing to contribute to the needs of society, as well as in the development of internationally competent individuals. HLAF aspires to become a reference point for creation of knowledge, innovations and technology transfer related issues in developing countries. We support the importance of education in building a knowledge society.

At present, our primary focus is on

  • Education
  • Renewable Energy
  • Agriculture
    • Low Water Plants (Food Security)
    • Herbal- based Medicine

HLAF guidelines here

Applications are open throughout the year

For more information please visit: Human Life Advancement Foundation (HLAF)

How the Newton Fund works

  • The Fund is being delivered by 7 UK delivery partners in collaboration with funders in 17 active partnering countries.
  • They develop and run calls, allocate and manage the money they receive as part of the Newton Fund.
  • All opportunities for organisations, institutions and individuals interested in applying are listed on our funding page.

The Newton Fund is known as the Newton-Ungku Omar Fund in Malaysia.

 

Priorities for Malaysia

The Newton-Ungku Omar Fund has an overarching theme of climate change and sustainable urbanisation, with the following priority areas:

  • Health and life sciences.
  • Environmental resilience and energy security.
  • Future cities.
  • Agri-technology.
  • Digital innovation and creativity.

 

About the Malaysian Funder and Delivery Partners

  • The match-funder and coordinating body in Malaysia is the Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MiGHT), an agency under the Prime Minister’s Office. MiGHT is also a delivery partner for a number of programmes under the Newton-Ungku Omar Fund.
  • Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE)
  • Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM), an agency under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI)
  • Malaysian Innovation Agency (AIM), an agency under the Prime Minister’s Office
  • PlaTCOM Ventures Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary under Malaysian Innovation Agency (AIM)
  • Ministry of Education (MoE)
  • Malaysian Meteorological Department (MetMalaysia), an agency under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI)
  • National Disaster Management Agency Malaysia, an agency under the Prime Minister’s Office

 

Further support and guidance

For further information on the Newton-Ungku Omar Fund opportunities, see the funding page (https://www.newtonfund.ac.uk/funding/funding-opportunities/)

 

About the Newton-Ungku Omar Fund representatives in Malaysia

The Newton-Ungku Omar Fund in-country team is based at the British High Commission in Kuala Lumpur and is responsible for:

  • Representing UK delivery partners and UK government’s interests in funder-to-funder/government-to-government discussions
  • Facilitating the establishment and delivery of programmes under Newton-Ungku Omar Fund, in collaboration with Malaysian partners
  • Promoting the programme of activities and funding opportunities, together with MiGHT
  • Monitoring the programme results and impacts

Malaysia Toray Science Foundation (MTSF) – Science & Technology Research Grant

 

  • Ten (10) or fifteen (15) Research Grants of up to RM60,000 each for Malaysian researchers below 40 years of age pursuing basic research in science and technology (limited to the fields of natural sciences, including the environment, but excluding clinical medicine and mathematics), inclusive of grants totalling Yen 5 Million funded by Toray Science Foundation, Japan.
  • More information at the following link: https://www.mtsf.org/programs/science-and-technology-research-grant.html#/

Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) – Domestic Investment Strategic Fund

The fund will provide matching grants (1:1) as follows:

  1. For training and R&D activities;
  2. To undertake outsourcing activities;
  3. To comply with international standards; and
  4. For licensing/purchase of technology.

 

Domestic Investment Strategic Fund Guidelines here – make this hyperlink by including the information enclosed

More information at the following link: https://www.mida.gov.my/home/funds-or-incentives-under-domestic-direct-investment-(ddi)-initiatives/posts/

Malaysian Green Technology and Climate Change Centre

 

Malaysian Green Technology and Climate Change Centre, is seeking proposals from Institutions of Higher Learning, R&D Institutes, Industry Players, Trade Missions and Investors from Malaysia and Overseas in the following areas:

  1. Green hydrogen production
  2. Production of solid state hydrogen
  3. Conversion of internal combustion engine or battery electric vehicle into hydrogen fuel cell vehicle

 

Introduction

  • Malaysian Green Technology & Climate Change Centre (MGTC) is a government agency under the purview of the Ministry of Environment and Water (KASA).
  • MGTC portfolio includes strategizing climate actions, leading inter-ministerial collaborations, promoting uptake of green technology innovations across industries and raising awareness among the general public on sustainability development and climate change.
  • The sustainable energy department is pursuing collaboration with various local government agencies, institute of higher learnings, research institutions, industry players, trade missions and investors to further embark on hydrogen energy production, storage and application in key economic sectors including electricity, industry and transportation sub-sectors.

 

Green hydrogen production

Request for proposal

Malaysia Green Technology and Climate Change Centre, is seeking proposal from institute of higher learnings, research institutions, industry players, trade missions and investors both from local and international organization in the area of green hydrogen production sourced from off-grid renewable energy. The proposal should address the following priority areas of interest:

  1. Hydrogen production from Excess Water Pressure in Water Distribution Networks
  2. Hydrogen production from off-grid Solar photovoltaic Systems
  3. Hydrogen production from Off-grid Hydropower of River Run-off
  4. Hydrogen production from Waste to Energy
  5. Hydrogen production from Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion

 

Production of solid state hydrogen

Request for proposal

Malaysia Green Technology and Climate Change Centre, is seeking proposal from institutions of higher learning, research institutions, industry players, trade missions and investors both from local and international organization, in the area of production of solid state hydrogen. The proposal should address the following priority areas of interest:

  1. Storing hydrogen in solid-state hydrides (compact and safe)
  2. Storage materials for absorbing and desorbing hydrogen reversibly
  3. Solid state hydrogen materials design and industrial applications

 

Conversion of internal combustion engine or battery electric vehicle into hydrogen fuel cell vehicle

Request for proposal

Malaysia Green Technology and Climate Change Centre, is seeking proposal from institutions of higher learning, research institutions, industry players, trade missions and investors both from local and international organization, in the area of conversion of internal combustion engine of battery electric vehicle into hydrogen fuel cell vehicle.

 

The proposal should address the following priority areas of interest:

  1. Conversion of Internal Combustion Engine to Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle
  2. Conversion of Battery Electric Vehicle to Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle
  3. Hydrogen Refuelling System
  4. Model selection (or group of models)
  5. Basic specification of the critical components or KIT with country of origin indication
  6. Basic design architecture
  7. Requirements for support from MGTC as the Government Agency
  8. Demo unit (cost and timeline)
  9. Deployment strategy and business plan.

 

More information at the following link: https://www.mgtc.my/call-for-proposals/

Terengganu Strategic & Integrity Institute – TSIS Grant

Aim

  • Policy development and effective initiatives for the welfare of the state and the people of Terengganu

 

Research themes

  • New economic resources
  • Adolescent/youth personality
  • Marriage and family
  • Land administration
  • Education
  • Graduate marketability
  • Hygiene and health
  • Digitalization
  • Environment

 

QUANTUM: RM50 000

Duration: 6 months

Collaborative Research in Engineering, Science and Technology Centre (CREST)

CREST R&D Grant

Aim

  • To accelerate university’s ability to produce industry-ready researchers.
  • To increase competitiveness of Electrical & Electronics (E&E) industry.

Key features

  • CREST R&D Grant is not limited to E&E discipline but should support E&E industry sector. With accommodating intellectual property arrangement, industry involvement in the research enables the research result to be prepositioned to industry application, increasing the potential for commercialisation at research completion.

Eligibility

  • CREST R&D Grant is open to all applicants.
  • However if the application is awarded, industry and university must be a CREST member in order to get CREST fund.
  • More information at the following link: https://crest.my/downloads/#

Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission – Digital Society Research Grant

    • It is envisaged that research funded by the Digital Society Research Grant will build the research evidence base that is necessary to promote and improve our understanding of the human and social factors which affects and contributes to the adoption and usage of digital technologies and services.
    • This in turn will help to ensure that the great strides made in the communications infrastructure and services are able to contribute to the inclusion and participation of all segments of the population towards a fully connected and informed society.
    • Proposals are invited for research activities that fall within the following focus areas:

Malaysian Rubber Council (MRC) Industry Linkage Fund

  • The MRC Industry Linkage Fund is a funding programme for the Malaysian rubber products industry to collaborate with universities and research institutions on research projects which have the potential to increase Malaysia’s exports of rubber products and enhance the industry’s competitiveness in the global market place.
  • The MRC Industry Linkage Fund provides a platform for the industry to leverage on the strengths and expertise of public and private universities in Malaysia, as well as Malaysian research institutes to undertake market-driven research which will benefit the industry in terms of innovation as well as research and development (R&D).
  • The programme aims to strengthen rubber – university/research institution linkages in Malaysia for the development of the rubber products industry.
  • The MRC Industry Linkage Fund was officially launched by Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities on 26 September 2017.

Priority Areas

  • The focus of the programme will be on projects that have the potential to improve competitiveness of Malaysian rubber products in the global market. Priority areas and products for research are as follows:
  • Latex based products
  • Dry rubber products
  • Automation and process improvement, and
  • Application of rubber in infrastructure and construction
  • More information at the following link: http://www.mrepc.com/industrylinkagefund/

MAKNA Cancer Research Award 2020

  • Plays an important role towards giving an avenue for local researchers to implement researches that are meant for alleviating pain and suffering of cancer victims locally and globally.

QUANTUM: RM 30 000

Duration: 2 years

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