MAKNA is committed towards the discovery of cures and treatments for cancer through scientific research. We aspire to be at the frontier of cancer research, ready to invest for the greater good.

In collaboration with Akademi Sains Malaysia (ASM), we provide research grants for young researchers that are interested in conducting cancer research and studies.
Every year, eligible researchers can apply for the MAKNA Cancer Research Award (MCRA) by sending their application through ASM.

A special vetting panel consisting of experienced academicians from ASM will then select 3 winners for the award. Winners will receive a research grant amounting up to RM 50,000.00 which can be used to fund their projects.

Criteria for MAKNA Cancer Research Award

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.

The award cannot be used to purchase equipment, to employ salaried personnel or related expenses, to attend conference or to pay for publication fee.

The project must be carried out in Malaysia and completed within 2 years.

All applications must be submitted online through the ASM Awards and Recognition system at before the closing date. Each application must be accompanied by a recent institutional endorsement form signed by the Dean/ Head of the unit in which the candidate will realise the research work (dated no later than six months from date of application).

MAKNA Cancer Research Collaboration Fund

Apart from providing grants to young researchers, MAKNA also collaborates with established researchers from renowned higher learning institutions through the MAKNA Cancer Research Collaboration Fund (MCRCF). Unlike MCRA, applications for MCRCF must be submitted through respective institutions and there is no age limit. Additionally, the amount of funding can reach up to RM300,000 for one research project.

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