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 2019 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 2019 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 2019 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 2019 guidelines here



At least at Proof of Concept (POC) Level

The MESTECC Research & Development Fund (MESTECC R&D Fund) is the governments initiatives which is 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.


The aim of the MESTECC R&D Fund is as the following:

  • to undertake experimental development towards commercialisation by reducing valley of death; and
  • to stimulate the growth and increase capability and capacity from cross collaboration between Industry, Malaysian Government Research Institutes (GRI) and Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL)

The proposed projects must be within the framework of the priority areas as follows:

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

Project proposal related to enforcement of security and defence (police and military) will not be funded under this scheme.


QUANTUM RM3,000,000.00 (MESTECC would co-fund the project based on merits of each application, not exceeding the quantum on. Quantum contribution by the applicant is subject to MESTECC’s consideration)

Project duration: 24 months


MESTECC R&D Fund guidelines here


Applications are open throughout the year 

Full proposal must be submitted through the online system at



International Collaboration Fund (International joint R&D)

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 commercialisation. 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.

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


Key enablers such as, Internet of Things (IoT), Nanotechnology and Industry 4.0 should be embedded in the areas selected.

QUANTUM RM500,000.00

Project duration: 24 months


International Collaboration Fund guidelines here


Applications are open throughout the year 

Full proposal must be submitted through the online system at

Ministry of Finance (MOF)


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:


Application is now open 


Malaysian Technology Development Corporation (MTDC)


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.



  • 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.

MTDC Mini Social Research Grant guidelines here

For more information please visit:



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:


Human Life Advancement Foundation (HLAF)

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:

Newton Ungku Omar Fund

Newton Ungku Omar Fund

The Newton Fund in Malaysia is named after a well-known Malaysian scientist, Prof. Datuk Dr. Ungku Omar Ungku Ahmad. It is to commemorate Prof Datuk Dr. Ungku Omar for his contribution in medical and health sciences research that had increased the health status of population including elimination of Malaria among poor and marginalised communities in Malaysia.

The Newton-Ungku Omar Fund (NUOF) is delivered by a number of UK Delivery Partners including the British Council, Malaysia. From 2014 till 2016, the British Council, Malaysia delivered four main programmes of Newton Fund, which were Institutional Link (IL), Researcher Link (RL), STEM Education (STEM) and Professional Development and Engagement (PDE), in collaboration with MIGHT, Academy of Sciences Malaysia, Ministry of Higher Education and Ministry of Education as part of the Science to Action (S2A) Malaysia government initiative.

This programme aims to increase understanding and knowledge of people on science and innovation and pave the path towards positive environment for research and research translation.There are two opening for NUOF programmes under ASM as below :


Newton Mobility Grants

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 £1,500 for research expenses);
  • up to £12,000 for multiple visits to be completed within 2 years (including a maximum of £3,000 for research expenses).


Newton Mobility Grant Guidelines here

Conditions of Awards here

For more information, please go to the following link