Smart Partnership Initiative
This initiative was introduced by YPASM in collaboration with local universities with the express intent of sustaining Malaysia’s involvement in Polar research. The initiative grants the universities exclusive right to bid for funding grants and other supports to be made available each year as well as to be recognized as strategic associates of YPASM.
For 1st Cycle (2016-2020), 8 universities have participated in the initiative and total of 36 research grants, 13 fellowship schemes and 12 Antarctic Berth Supports amounting to RM3, 658,580 have been awarded by YPASM at the end of this cycle.
The 2nd Cycle (2021-2025) is currently take place with eight universities 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 are partners of this initiative. Each participating university is obliged to contribute RM 62,500.00 to YPASM annually for five years with an annual matching grant of RM 500,000.00 from YPASM, thus offsetting more than half of the overall costs.