MAKNA Cancer Research Award

MAKNA Cancer Research Award Recipients

Crystale Lim Siew Ying
2012 MAKNA Recipient
Lee Poh Foong
2012 MAKNA Recipient
Lee Chooi Yeng
2012 MAKNA Recipient
Noorfaiza A.Aziz
2013 MAKNA Recipient
Ho Wan Yong
2013 MAKNA Recipient
Yeap Swee Keong
2013 MAKNA Recipient
Kalaivani Muniandy
2014 MAKNA Recipient
Yat Yuen Lim
2014 MAKNA Recipient
Norlaily Mohd Ali
2014 MAKNA Recipient
Nor Fazila Che Mat
2015 MAKNA Recipient


The MAKNA Cancer Research Award was initiated in the year 2001 to encourage and recognise the importance of research and development by local scientists in advancing knowledge that is geared towards helping cancer patients and discovering potential cures for the disease. Since its introduction, MAKNA has awarded a total of RM 1,461,410 towards funding cancer research by young researchers in Malaysia. To-date, the programme has funded 51 researchers in all. Focusing on research is in line with the MAKNA mission, which is to mobilise all resources to provide curative, preventive, research and support services to cancer patients and families, high-risk groups and the general public.

Research Award

MAKNA offers 3 research awards per year with the value of each award not exceeding RM 30,000. The award cannot be used to purchase equipment, to employ salaried personnel, to attend conference or to pay for publication fee. The project must be carried out in Malaysia and completed within 2 years.

Call for Application

2020 MAKNA Cancer Research Award (MCRA) application will be closed on 15 May 2020. Incomplete applications or applications submitted after the closing date shall not be considered.


Application is open to all Malaysian citizens with a basic degree below 40 years of age, residing in Malaysia and interested in cancer research. Students who are pursuing their postgraduate degrees are encouraged to apply.

Review of Application

All applications received will be reviewed by a Selection Panel (to be appointed by the Academy of Sciences Malaysia). Selection by the Panel is final and will not be contested. Candidates will be evaluated on:-

  • Originality

  • Doability

  • Relevance to cancer/Malaysia

  • Potential outcome

  • Financial feasibility

  • Track record

Award Disbursement

Grant Award Letter, which contains all the terms and conditions of the award, will be issued to all selected recipients. The recipients and their respective institutions must formally accept the award and agree to the terms and conditions of the award following which the award will be disbursed through the candidate's institution.

Award Report

Recipient must submit a progress report in the 12th month of project implementation and a final report upon completion of project (within 3 months). The recipient who fail to submit the report within the specified submission period, their institution will be notified, and the institution will be responsible to ensure compliance by the recipient.

Application Procedure

  • All applications must be submitted online through the ASM Awards and Recognition system at

  • The research proposal may be downloaded from the ASM Awards and Recognition system;

  • The complete application documents comprised of the followings:

    • Complete the form in ASM Awards and Recognition System (Section A: Knowledge Generation, Section B: Knowledge Dissemination and Section C: Impact of Research Output);

    • MAKNA Research Proposal; and

    • Institutional endorsement.


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No 225, Jalan Ampang
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