The aim of this competition is to fund collaborative technological solutions that address one or more of the challenges listed below.
Projects and their outcomes must fit with the official development assistance (ODA) criteria. This aims to boost economic development and have a positive social or environmental effect on the wider Malaysian society.
Challenge 1: urban mobility
Traffic congestion in Malaysia is a problem in most of the country’s major cities, with serious consequences for people’s health and economic productivity.
Consortia are encouraged to bring together eligible UK and Malaysian partners to put forward solutions to urban congestion by:
- improving public transport services
- increasing use of public transport
- enhancing the user experience through public service integration
The solutions we are calling for should fit one of the following scope areas:
Challenge 2: urban waste
- data and systems integration
- service delivery
- first-mile and last-mile connectivity between transport nodes and people’s homes
- multi-modal transport connectivity
Malaysia has experienced decades of intense growth for densely populated areas with large-scale industrialisation. As a result, Malaysian cities need to find new solutions to reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfill. The current situation has a negative effect on the urban environment, with dump-site pollution spreading to the air and water streams. Solutions that reduce the amount of waste going into landfill and increase the number of recycled resources have an important social, economic and environmental role to play in Malaysian urban areas.
Consortia are invited to put forward innovations that help Malaysian cities provide scalable solutions to their urban waste management challenges. Proposals should fit one of the following scope areas:
Challenge 3: urban water management
- new affordable processes to recover, separate or extract valuable components from urban household or commercial waste streams
- development of new technologies for community-owned recycling schemes based on a viable ‘circular economy’ model
Urban water management presents major challenges in Malaysia:
- non-revenue water (water lost in the distribution system before reaching consumers)
- urban flooding
Both challenges relate to climatic extremes faced by Malaysian urban environments. These include sustained droughts affecting water reserves and provision, and cloud bursts that put pressure on urban water management infrastructure. These events pose environmental and health risks to Malaysian urban citizens.
Eligible consortia are invited to develop innovative solutions that would allow Malaysian cities to minimise the impact of climate extremes. Proposals should also improve safety and ensure adequate water provision for the city population.
The solutions we are calling for should fit one of the scope areas below:
- water leak non-intrusive detection and management
- municipal flash flood detection
- urban flood response systems