Mini Research Grant 2018-04-25T11:11:27+00:00

Mini Research Grant


The MTDC Mini Social Research Grant is dedicated to support empirical and field-research in areas relevant to MTDC’s core business, such as commercialisation of R&D, technology transfer and technology entrepreneurship.


MTDC Social Research Grant Objectives

The objectives of the MTDC Mini Social Research Grant are:

  • To support the generation of data on MTDC’s programmes, services and activities;

  • To support research that will generate new knowledge on commercialisation of R&D, technology transfer, technology entrepreneurship and innovation;

  • To create database and research capabilities on technology commercialisation, technology transfer, entrepreneurship and innovation, which would be of great importance and utility at local and national levels for policy decisions, etc; and

  • To create awareness and promote intellectual discourse among researchers on commercialisation of R&D, technology transfer, entrepreneurship and innovation through empirical and field-research undertaking.


Scope of Grant

  • Impact/outcome studies;

  • Comparative/benchmark studies;

  • Exploratory studies; and

  • Assessment studies.


Eligibility Criteria

1. The MTDC Mini Social Research Grant is open to all researchers who are employed on a permanent or contractual basis from the following types of organisation:

  • Government Research Institutions; and

  • Public & Private Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) with accredited research programmes.

2. Contract researchers will be required to furnish proof that their employment contract is valid throughout the research period proposed.
3. Expatriates are eligible to apply for the MTDC Mini Social Research Grant subject to having a permanently employed, Malaysian co-researcher from the same institution on the research team.
4. A researcher can lead only one (1) project at any time, and must submit an End of Project Report before submitting a new application.


Selection Criteria
Approval of research projects to be funded by the MTDC Mini Social Research Grant is subject to the following conditions:

  • Research focus: The research is non-scientific and non-product based but is empirical and has achievable milestones.

  • Research competence: The research team must be able to demonstrate that the team possesses sufficient knowledge and competence to carry out the research successfully to completion.

  • Impact to MTDC: The project has clear and measurable expected outputs and outcomes that will benefit MTDC either directly or indirectly.


Project Duration

The maximum allowable duration for a project is 24 months.