The Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM) has selected Prof. Dr. Ahmad Fauzi Ismail, FASC, as one of the 2012 Top Research Scientists Malaysia (TRSM).  The announcement ceremony and also certificate presentation to the 2012 TRSM recipients was held on 24th November 2012 at the 2012 Conferment of Fellowship of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia & a Tribute to the Top Research Scientists Malaysia . The Guest of Honour of the event is ASM Honorary Fellow, YABhg Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

Best wishes and congratulations to Prof. Dr. Ahmad Fauzi Ismail, FASC, on the selection.

Top Research Scientists Malaysia (TRSM)


The Top Research Scientists Malaysia (TRSM) project is an ASM initiative in line with its focus on fostering a culture of excellence in science, technology and innovation (STI). The project aims to identify and recognize the leading research scientists in Malaysia. The output of this project is a TRSM profile that would provide a centralized point of reference on leading scientists in Malaysia along with information on their research areas. The convention of the best minds in the country would create a hub for knowledge dissemination that can spur the growth of STI in Malaysia.

1. Objectives

-To develop a list of leading research scientists;
-To recognize and showcase top Malaysian research scientists as drivers of the national STI agenda;
-To identify Malaysian research scientists with pioneer mindset to move the country forward in an innovation-led economy; and
-To build a critical mass of leading research scientists.

2. Significance

This project aims to showcase top Malaysian research scientists who can serve as follows:

-Role models of excellence;
-Mentor to the next generation;
-Leaders to implement the STI agenda;
-Experts to strengthen industry and stakeholders confidence in research capacity and capability;
-Think tank and advisors to national STI policy and decision-making;
-Science communicators and ambassadors;
-Science and technology project evaluators;
-Reference points for STI linkages at national and international levels; and
-Agents for wealth creation and societal well being.

3. Usability

The TRSM Database is envisaged to facilitate the following uses:

-Expertise search;
-Profiling of researchers;
-Clustering of expertise;
-Promotion and positioning of top Malaysian research scientists;
-Facilitating business networking and matching with other institutions;
-Promoting research networking and matching with other institutions;
-Determining the impact of top Malaysian researchers;
-Gateway for international grant agencies to find research partners in Malaysia;
-Identification of Malaysian research leaders in STI to move K-economy;
-Benchmarking national strength in STI;
-Providing information to facilitate nomination of STI awards;
-Showcasing ‘Who’s Who’ as innovation leader and academic leader;
-Facilitating informed decisions on allocations for funding and policy;
-Identifying the gaps in demand and supply of niche research areas and human resource development; and
-Attracting prospective investors and facilitating postgraduate linkages for R&D activities.

4. Eligibility

· The recognition is given to Malaysian research scientists working in Malaysia whose outstanding achievements in STI have been nationally and internationally recognized.
· At the time of application, the candidate should be actively involved in research (research activities in the last 5 years should be reflected in CV) with at least 10 years cumulative contribution towards the progress of STI.
· The candidate should be of high ethical standing.

5. Application/ Nomination Mechanism

-Each organization (IPTA/IPTS/RI/NGO/Industry/STE Professional Body) shall nominate candidate(s) based on the eligibility criteria stated. There is no limit to the number of nominations from each organization.
-Eligible candidate can also apply individually.
-Nomination is limited to individuals only.

Please refer the following link for registration
Public users or applicants are required to register with a User ID and Password. Kindly click on ‘Create New’ to register.

6. Evaluation Process

-All applications will be evaluated by an appointed panel of eminent scientists.
-The decision of the panel shall be final.
-All applicants will be notified of the decision.

7. Privileges

Those who are recognized as Top Research Scientists Malaysia can benefit from the following privileges:

-Facilitation by ASM for attachment to world-renowned research laboratories and centres of excellence by leveraging on ASM’s international and national linkages;
-International Fund Facilitation Programme (IFFP) to obtain international R&D grants;
-Profiled in leading media;
-Featured in STI databases as ‘Top Research Scientists Malaysia for promotion and positioning;
-Featured in a book on ‘Top Research Scientists Malaysia’ to be published by ASM; and
-Preference for research funding.

Research Ecosystem
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