UNITEN COVID-19 Innovation Challenge



UNITEN COVID-19 Innovation Challenge powered by UNITEN R&D Sdn Bhd (URND) is designed to bring together our research capabilities and support our community in order to solve some of the challenges and issues of COVID-19 pandemic outbreak challenges in Malaysia. This initiative is in line with our Ministry of Higher Education’s (MOHE) effort to identify and develop research focusing around the public’s lives post-Covid-19 and during the Movement Control Order (MCO) period.

The distinguished patronage of this Challenge is UNITEN’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. Dato. Ir Dr. Kamal Nasharuddin bin Mustapha, FASC. Winning proposal will be awarded accordingly from the RM 20,000 pledge money by URND for immediate development of prototype/product or solution and also further commercialisation support.

UNITEN COVID-19 Innovation Challenge programme is a short-term grant, implemented campus wide. The research focus areas will involve 20 main areas of studies including economy, public health, security, tourism, trade, information technology, education and food security. Submission for proposal is open from 16 April to 30 April 2020.




UNITEN COVID-19 Innovation Challenge programme is a short-term grant, implemented campus wide. The research focus areas will involve 20 main areas of studies including economy, public health, security, tourism, trade, information technology, education and food security.

The UNITEN COVID-19 Innovation Challenge is looking to support COVID-19 solutions targeting, but not limited to:

  • Technology based solutions to assist healthcare sectors and government to combat the outbreak.
  • Supply Chains solutions that aid efficient distribution of food, products and services in the event of movement restrictions.
  • Solutions that aids in managing stress in the face of the coronavirus outbreak.
  • Productivity based solutions that support workflows and allow effective communication on a remote basis.
  • Events based solutions that enable the delivery of group interactions on a remote basis.
  • Last Mile Communication based solutions that ensure verified and accurate information reaches even the most remote locations.

Selection Criteria


The UNITEN COVID19 Innovation Challenge Organizing Committee will prioritize solutions with immediate impact to the COVID-19 pandemic. The project development cost for each proposal is capped at RM10,000. Proposals will be assessed based on the following criteria:

  • Project concept – The concept should be market driven and applicable to the current situation.
  • Innovativeness – How innovative and novel is the solution?
  • Development timeline – Projects that can be built within two weeks and ready to be launched or deployed.
  • Cost effective solutions
  • Demonstrates commercial potential
  • Clarity – is the challenge or issue clearly identified and the solution clearly defined? Are the rationale and objectives clearly stated?
  • Design – Is the design of the solution well thought out? Are all aspects of the program outlined in the proposal?
  • Measure impact and Outcome – What is the potential impact and how will it be measured?
  • Feasibility and Applicability – Can the solution be developed and implemented in time to address current challenges and issues of the COVID-19 pandemic?


The product development budget excludes the following:

  • Marketing & Promotion cost
  • Travel cost & Exhibition cost
  • Publication

Proposals are evaluated based on the above selection criteria.

Please submit proposal to following link : https://secure.uniten.edu.my/uniten365/ProjectProposals

1) Login in : Staff Name
2) Password : Staff Login Password

Kindly be informed incomplete submissions will not be qualified for evaluation.

For further information, kindly contact:
Ms.Biruntha Mooruthi at biruntha@uniten.edu.my


Process Flow


Note : Closing date is extended to 30 April 2020.