Smart Partnership Initiative
This initiative was introduced by YPASM in collaboration with eight local universities with the express intent of sustaining Malaysia’s involvement in Polar research. Each participating university is obliged to contribute RM 55,555.00 to YPASM annually for five years with a matching grant of RM 388,885.00 from YPASM offsetting more than half the overall costs. Presently, seven universities are partners in this initiative, namely, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Universiti Malaysia Sabah, International Medical University, University of Malaya, Universiti Teknologi Mara, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu and Universiti Putra Malaysia. The initiative grants the aforementioned universities exclusive rights to bid for funding grants made available each year as well as be recognized as strategic associates of YPASM. From 2013 to 2018, 24 research grants, 12 fellowship schemes and 10 Antarctic Berth Supports amounting to RM 5,239,000.00 have been disbursed by YPASM.