Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The following frequently asked questions are common among those contemplating University of Malaya (UM). This page provides answers to these questions and provides links to useful UM websites that provide additional answers.


How much funding can I use for travel?

Principle Investigators (PI) are allowed to use a maximum of 40% from total allocation for travel.

Who is eligible for overseas travel?

Only Principle Investigator (PI) is allowed for overseas travel with maximum amount of RM 15,000 or 20% from total allocation / travel allocation whichever is lower. Co-Researcher and Research Assistant are allowed for local travel only.

What type of equipment must be approved by UPGP before procurement process?

Purchasing of equipment must obtain an approval from UPGP unless lab equipment amount less than RM 3000.

Can I buy books from research grant?

Principle Investigators (PI) are allowed to buy books using their research grant. However, all books MUST be registered in UM Library and returned to UM after completion of service with UM.

What is the maximum period for honorarium?

Principle Investigators can pay honorarium to their Research / Field Assistant for a maximum of 3 months in sequence. Please attach the job description given.

Are pen drives and external hard disks is under equipment or consumables?

Since pen drives and external hard disks are loose item, the purchasing of these items can be funded from consumables.

What are the common reasons for rejection of ERGS application by Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE)?

The common reasons for rejection are:

  • Not exploratory research
  • Not a new research topic / Not a new idea
  • Contradictory criteria
  • Research methodology (e.g.) not well described
  • Research cost too high
  • Research scope too big
  • Research not viable for too many post-graduate students