Enhancing Competitiveness Through Research Collaborations

ABOUT THE FUND

The MREPC Industry Linkage Fund is a funding programme for universities and research institutions to collaborate with the Malaysian rubber products industry on research projects that will increase Malaysia's exports of rubber products and enhance the industry's competitiveness in the global market place.


The programme aims to strengthen rubber industry – university/research institution linkages in Malaysia for the development of the rubber products industry.

Priority Areas

Focus will be given to projects that have the potential to improve competitiveness of Malaysian rubber products in the global market. Focus 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

Selection Criteria

  • Scientific and technical merit

    The project must be scientifically sound, technically feasible with achievable milestones, and has the potential for further development and commercialisation

  • Research competence

    The research team must have the knowledge and competency to carry out the project successfully to completion

  • Innovativeness of the research

    The project must indicate whether it is recombination, fusion, integration, replication or refinement of existing technologies with improved value, enhanced efficiency or cost reduction. Applicant must conduct a Prior Art Search to verify on the patentability aspect

  • Clear and measurable expected output

    The project must be clear, accurate and consistent with the objective of Industry Linkage Fund. The project must also describe appropriate methodologies and the type of output expected which benefits to the rubber products industry

  • Project with proven concept or prototype (pre-commercialisation)

    The project must have proven concept which ready for commercialisation to test the market. The project must theorise a technology solution to a problem and have a reasonable basis that there is a market opportunity. The theory must be ready to test by building something that is only advanced enough to prove that the concept can work

Funding

Fund will be provided in the form of research grants. The quantum of fund approved will be assessed based on the project proposal and is up to the maximum of RM 300,000 for each project. The duration of each project shall not be more than 3 years from the commencement date.


The funding can be utilised for the following categories of research expenditure.


  • Research Materials and Supplies
  • Minor Modifications and Repairs
  • Prototype Development
  • Special Services (e.g. sample testing and analysis)

  • Wages and Allowance
  • Travel and Transportation
  • Rentals
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  • Full Grant
  • The allocations for wages and allowance, travel and transportation, and rentals shall not be more than 50%
    of total project cost.
  • Matching Grant
  • No limit set on the allocations for wages and allowance, travel and transportation, and rentals, and it shall be according to research proposals submitted by the companies/researchers.

INSTITUTIONS

Listed here are some of the public and private institutions of higher learning in Malaysia which have capabilities in conducting research in the rubber products industry .

Malaysian Rubber Board

University of Nottingham, Malaysia Campus

Monash University Malaysia

Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

Universiti Putra Malaysia

Universiti Kuala Lumpur

Universiti Sains Malaysia

Universiti Malaya

Universiti Teknologi MARA

Universiti Malaysia Perlis

Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman


APPLICATION

Application is open to all researchers who are employed on a permanent or contractual basis with the following organisations:

  • Public and private institutions of higher learning in Malaysia
  • Malaysian research institutions and
  • Registered industries in Malaysia

Contact Us

Address:
MREPC INDUSTRY LINKAGE FUND SECRETARIAT
CORPORATE PLANNING & RESEARCH DIVISION
MALAYSIAN RUBBER EXPORT PROMOTION COUNCIL
UNIT NO. 36-02, LEVEL 36, Q SENTRAL
2A JALAN STESEN SENTRAL 2, KL SENTRAL
50470 KUALA LUMPUR.

Phone No: +6(03) 2782 2100

E-mail: indlinkfund@mrepc.com

Website: http://www.mrepc.com



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