UTAR Research Fund (UTARRF) is an internal research grant scheme designed to provide seed funding to support UTAR researchers and students in implementing research projects and research related activities.

UTARRF was established in 2005 with an initial amount of RM1 million allocated per annum. The allocation is intended to serve as seed fund to kick-start implementation of projects with good potential. This amount was subsequently increased to RM3 million in year 2010.

The University management further increased the annual allocation for UTARRF to RM5 million for each year of 2011 till 2014, RM6.25 million for 2015 and subsequently to RM6.39 million for 2020. It enables additional and larger scale projects to be initiated as well as boost research & development activities geared towards realizing the goal to transform UTAR into a research intensive university.

As of 31 December 2020, the accumulated UTARRF amount awarded is RM68.9 million (Figure 1).

Figure 1: UTAR Research Fund total cumulative allocation per year in Ringgit Malaysia (RM)

The University, guided by stringent and careful grant approval procedures, had initially approved a funding amount of RM516,500 in 2006. The amount continued to register growth in the years following with a total of RM6.49 million awarded in 2020.

As of 31 December 2019, the accumulated UTARRF amount awarded is RM62.5 million (Figure 2).

From the RM6.39 million that was approved in 2020, a total of RM170,260.00 was awarded to one (1) UTARSRF programme and RM3.36 million was awarded for 112 research projects in UTARRF Cycle 1 and 2/2020. The breakdown of the awarded UTARRF projects by Faculties/Institute is shown in Figure 2.

Figure 2: Number of UTARRF projects awarded to Faculties in year 2020

A special allocation was also set aside for academics’ and students’ research related activities. A total of RM2,950,081.32 funding was approved for the purpose. These activities include the following:

  1. 2020 International Conference on Smart Grid and Clean Energy Technologies
  2. Tax Research Competition
  3. The 16th IMT-GT International Conference on Mathematics, Statistics and Their Applications (ICMSA 2020)
  4. Conference on Multi Development of China & East Asian Culture
  5. Applied Psychology Research Conference 2020
  6. Kobe University UNESCO Chair Workshop 2020
  7. 8th International Conference on Business, Accounting, Finance and Economics (BAFE) 2020
  8. MTSF Promotional Roadshow to UTAR 2020
  9. UTAR-UMT-UUM-UPSI workshop on drafting proposal for Aquaculture Project for Community in Perak
  10. 2nd Workshop for UTAR 5-year R&D Roadmap 2021-2025
  11. The FMHS Strategic Planning Workshop 2020
  12. Preventive herbal tea
  13. ROBOCON Malaysia 2020
  14. Innovate Malaysia Design Competition 2020
  15. Structural Earthquake Stability Competition (SES-VI)
  16. Perlis International Engineering Invention & Innovation Exhibition (Pi-ENVEX 2020)
  17. Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge 2020
  18. Data Analysis Competition (DAC) 2020
  19. National Innovation and Invention Competition through Exhibition 2020 (iCompEx’20)
  20. Robocup Japan Open 2020
  21. UNM Build A Cable-Stayed Bridge 2020
  22. 12th RISM International Surveying Conference for Undergraduate 2020 (12th ISCU 2020)
  23. Programming League National 2020
  24. Huawei ICT Competition Malaysia 2019-2020
  25. F-Secure 2020
  26. Schneider Go Green 2020, A Global Student Competition
  27. Regional Chemical Engineering Undergraduate Congress (RCEUC) 2020
  28. Electrical Power System Simulation Competition 2020
  29. MSC Virtual 2020 – Game of Stroke
  30. ROBOCON Malaysia 2020
  31. Alibaba GET Global Challenge (National Final)
  32. MSC Malaysia APICTA 2020
  33. RISM QS Virtual Symposium 2020
  34. Pitch the Future
  35. 1st IEEE Five Minutes Final Year Project (5MFYP) Competition 2020
  36. 1st International Student Competition on Tall Building Design
  37. International Research and Innovation Symposium and Exposition 2020
  38. MSC Malaysia APICTA 2020 Awards
  39. IEEE Innovation Nation Competition 2020
  40. Engineering Innovation Challenge 2020