Introduction/What is U-CIP Catalyst?
Entrepreneurs come from a variety of backgrounds and fields. If you are a researcher, lecturer or student with a great technology-related idea, our newly revamped University Cradle Investment Programme Catalyst (U-CIP Catalyst) can help you get started on your journey as an entrepreneur.

U-CIP Catalyst focuses on ideas that come out of the academic or research arena.

As part of Cradle Investment Programme (CIP), a RM100 million fund managed by Cradle Fund Sdn Bhd, under the auspices of the Ministry of Finance (MOF), U-CIP Catalyst helps researchers and inventors from academic institutions develop their technology-oriented ideas and R&D efforts into real commercial products, ready for the marketplace.

U-CIP Catalyst addresses the special challenges and needs that you will have as a researcher, innovator or student coming from an academic background. As a U-CIP Catalyst recipient, you can receive conditional grants of up to a maximum of three (3) conditional tranches, of up to RM50,000 per tranche, for your technology-related ideas, subject to terms and conditions.

We have expanded the categories of funded areas so that you will be able to get all the help you need to develop your innovative ideas. These categories include:

  • Development of prototype;
  • Proofs of concept;
  • Business plans;
  • Purchase of market feasibility research;
  • IP (Intellectual Property) search and registration;
  • Surveys on concrete statistical data; and
  • Product sampling expenses


How does U-CIP Catalyst work?
The academic arena is a rich environment for the generation of innovative ideas. However, we do recognise that entrepreneurs from the academic field work in a unique infrastructure and environment.

U-CIP Catalyst was formed to help meet the challenges arising out of this unique environment by working together with researchers and/or inventors based at research institutes, private and public universities, colleges and institutes of higher education (IoHEs), as well as the Commercialisation Units of these institutions in Malaysia.

We help you to transform your innovative technology-oriented research outputs into commercially viable ventures by giving funds for wide areas, as stated above, over a period of 4 – 12 months. We accomplish this together by making U-CIP Catalyst a collaborative effort between the researchers, the institutions, private sector parties and CIP.

CIP will work with the Commercialisation Units of each IoHE to consolidate research and ideas to be submitted to U-CIP Catalyst. CIP also works directly with IoHEs in recognition of their role as the sponsor and owner of the intellectual property. Essentially, the IoHE remains a stakeholder and beneficiary of the commercialisation process.

CIP Catalyst is a developmental grant, and not a venture capital (VC) fund. This means that your ideas will be evaluated purely on how good and strong they are from both the commercial and technological perspectives. Your ideas will NOT be assessed according the VC risk vs. reward profile or criteria, or whether you have a complete management team to commercialise your ventures.

Application must be submitted online at


U-CIP Catalyst Eligibility

Malaysians aged 18 years old and older and permanently residing in Malaysia.
Applicants must either be employed and/or studying at Research Institutes or IoHEs in Malaysia.
Minimum of two (2) applicants and maximum of five (5) applicants per application.


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