The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC) held its inaugural international research conference titled “Funding Research on a Changing Landscape” on 24th and 25th August 2016 at MIDA"s Headquarters at KL Sentral. This conference was organised as a joint collaboration with the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA). The Conference highlighted prominent research funding opportunities and featured critical topics dedicated to exploring new opportunities and support from the various funding bodies.
David Ng, Deputy Chairman of the British Malaysian Chamber of Commerce and General Manager of International SOS presented a talk on “Innovation Through Collaboration” and was part of a panel session titled “R&D Needs and Challenges in Business Sectors”
Dato’ Azman Mahmud, CEO of MIDA said, “The theme for this conference is very relevant and timely in the face of today’s market demands, emerging technologies and rising competition. As research creates the basis for innovations, we need to ensure an effective balance in funding all area of innovation. We seek to avoid a situation whereby the best researchers withdraw from doing research in Malaysia due to limited financial means.”
Spanned across two days, the theme for the first day was “Government Grant Opportunities” where it featured a panel of government grants and supports that are available for universities and companies to conduct research and development (R&D) and subsequently, commercialisation.
The second and final day of the conference will be starting off with a session titled “Post-Research Opportunities” to introduce funding schemes from the respective funding organisations and subsequently, the eligibility for applications.