30 research proposals eligible for RM10,000 grant

The grant is expected to add value to the quality of research produced by higher learning institutions, in having a direct impact on the national recovery process 

by NURUL SUHAIDI / Pic by TMR FILE PIX

THIRTY proposal papers from 10 institutions have been shortlisted to receive Institut Masa Depan Negara’s Policy Development Programme (MPDP) grant. 

Launched in September last year, MPDP is an initiative to allow researchers to contribute input and policy recommendations to aid the national recovery process as well as the government’s post-Covid-19 policies and plans. 

Focusing on the aspect of economic, social and sustainable development, the selected proposal will be entitled to up to RM10,000 research grant per policy. 

Masa CEO Azril Mohd Amin said the programme is expected to add value to the quality of research produced by higher learning institutions, in having a direct impact on the national recovery process. 

In total, MPDP saw a total of 134 proposal papers submitted from 21 public and private institutions of higher learning as well as NGOs. 

“All the proposal papers received cover priority areas under the National Recovery Plan (NRP), and have undergone an initial screening process by the MPDP Secretariat, followed by evaluation by six evaluators consisting of field experts, former senior government officials and academics. 

“Successful applicants are also encouraged to publish their research reports in highly acclaimed journals and reputable publications,” he said during the ceremony yesterday. 

Meanwhile, NRP chairman Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the initiative is an avenue for local researchers to conduct high-impact research, particularly in the fields of economic, social and sustainable development. 

“All the proposals selected encompass various sub-segment including the tourism industry, small medium enterprises, adoption of digital technology, food security, human capital development and more,” said Muhyiddin, who is also Masa chairman. 

He also emphasised on bridging the education gap as part of the NRP’s strategic framework. 

“This is especially important in the government’s efforts to formulate special programmes or catch-up programmes to help students who have dropped out of school,” he said. 

Moving forward, he expected more researchers in Malaysia to produce new high-impact research writing that are recognised internationally and subsequently generate potential added value to the country’s socio-economy. 

“We take seriously the call to bring on board all relevant and qualified individuals to help the country and enhance policy execution post-Covid-19,” he concluded.