Top Research Scientists Malaysia

Top Research Scientists Malaysia Recipients

Mohd Mustafa Al Bakri Abdullah
2013 TRSM Recipient
Not Active
Robiah binti Yunus
2015 TRSM Recipient
Mohd Zobir Hussein
2012 TRSM Recipient
2014 TRSM Recipient
2016 TRSM Recipient
Paridah Binti Md Tahir
2013 TRSM Recipient
Liong Min Tze
2016 TRSM Recipient
Azman bin Hassan
2016 TRSM Recipient
Raja Noor Zaliha binti Raja Abd. Rahman
2013 TRSM Recipient
2012 TRSM Recipient


The Top Research Scientists Malaysia (TRSM) is an ASM initiative in line with its focus on fostering a culture of excellence in science, technology and innovation (STI). The initiative aims to identify and recognize the leading research scientists in Malaysia. The output of this initiative 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.


To build a culture of excellence in scientific research.


To develop a knowledge hub of top-notch Malaysia Research Scientists.

Significance of the Initiative

  • Mentors to the next generation of scientists.

  • Leaders to implement the STI agenda.

  • Reference points for STI linkages at national and international levels.

  • Think thank and advisors to national STI policy and decision-making.

  • Experts to strengthen industry and stakeholder’s confidence in research capacity and capability.

  • Agents for wealth creation and societal well-being.


  • To develop a list of leading research scientists

  • To recognize and showcase top Malaysia research scientists as drivers of the national STI agenda

  • To identify Malaysia research scientists with pioneer mindset to move the country forward in an innovation-led economy

  • To build a critical mass of leading research scientists


  • The recognition is given to research scientists holding Malaysian citizenship & working in Malaysia whose outstanding achievements in STI have been nationally and internationally recognised.

  • At the time of application, the candidate should be actively involved in research (research activities in the last 5 years should be reflected in the CV) with at least 10 years cumulative contribution towards the progress of STI.

  • The candidate should be of high ethical standing.

  • ASM Fellows are not eligible to apply for this recognition.

Selection Criteria

The Top Research Scientists Malaysia (TRSM) will be selected through an objective and standardised scoring mechanism based on the following criteria:-

Section A - Knowledge Generation
  1. Leadership in research
    1. Total number of research projects as Principle Investigator (PI)
      • International
      • National
    2. Cumulative value of grants received as PI (RM)
      • International
      • National

Section B - Knowledge Dissemination
  1. Publications
    1. Publications (Indexed journals / books / chapter in books / monographs / articles in professional or scientific magazines as corresponding author)

  2. Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)
    1. International
      • Patent granted
      • Patent pending
    2. National
      • Patent granted
      • Patent pending
    3. Industrial design / Copyright / Trademark

  3. Scientific Presentations
    1. International
      • Keynote speaker
      • Plenary speaker
    2. National
      • Keynote speaker
      • Plenary speaker
    3. Number of appearances as invited Guest speaker / Panellist in mass media in the area of expertise

  4. Human Resource Development
    1. Graduated PhD students supervised (for IHLs staff only main supervision will be considered)
    2. Graduated Master students supervised (for IHLs only main supervision will be considered)
    3. Graduated Research Trainees / Research Officers supervised

Section C - Impact of Research Outputs
  1. Cumulative citations received and Hirsch-index in either Thomson Reuters WOS or Scopus database.

  2. Commercialisation attained
    1. Technologies commercialised with sales and/or royalties
    2. Spin-off / joint venture companies resulting from commercialisation of IPR
    3. Cumulative gross sales and/or royalties from commercialisation of R&D products (RM)

  3. Academic Awards from Government, Professional and Learned Bodies
    1. International
    2. National

  4. Recognition, Professional Leadership (Including Appointments to a Chair, Visiting Professorship, Editors of Books / Journals / Citation-Indexed Conference Proceedings / Technical Guidelines)
    1. Number of recognitions and membership in international bodies or professional associations
    2. Number of recognitions and membership in national bodies or professional associations

  5. Lead Consultant in Projects with Monetary Rewards
    1. Number of consultancy projects
      • International
      • National
    2. Cumulative value of consultancy projects (RM)

  6. Impact of Research Towards Wealth Creation and/ or Societal Well-being This part requires a description in not more than 250 words. The applicant write a brief essay on their impact of research that reflects excellence, relevance and innovative leadership resulting in economic benefits or enhancement of health / education / quality of life. This summary should reflect how the scientist’s contribution has translated into wealth creation and societal well-being.

Scoring Mechanism

Science, Technology & Innovation and Mathematics Category

  • Section A: Knowledge Generation - 30%
  • Section B: Knowledge Dissemination - 30%
  • Section C: Impact of Research Output - 40%
Sciences & Humanities and Industry Category

  • Section A: Knowledge Generation - 20%
  • Section B: Knowledge Dissemination - 20%
  • Section C: Impact of Research Output - 60%

Update Curriculum Vitae (CV) and Information in TRSM Database by TRSM Recipients

Since 2012 to 2020, a total of 196 research scientists have been recognised as Top Research Scientists Malaysia based on their outstanding achievement and performance in research. In order to acknowledge the TRSM Recipients activeness in Research and Development (R&D) after 5 years of recognition, the Academy commence to showcase them as active experts in their respective research areas through the TRSM database. The updated CV of active TRSM Recipients can be accessed by ASM to the expertise information when their expert services are required by the Nation.

Contact Us

The TRSM Secretariat
Academy of Sciences Malaysia
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Jalan Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah
off Jalan Tuanku Abdul Halim
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