The Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education (Kemenristekdikti) together with British Government officialy announce the enhancement, research funding and innovation partnership called the UK-Indonesia Science Technology Fund at D Building of Kemristekdikti, Senayan, Central Jakarta (23/03/2016). This partnership objective is to promote research activities in Indonesia on an international level, while at the same time enhance the role of science and technology in supporting development.

During ceremony, the British Ambassador to Indonesia, Moazzam Malik advised that British Government is committed to allocate 10 million poundsterling until year 2021 to support the development and enhancement of research and innovation in Indonesia.

“This partnership will broaden through participation of independent funding research agency that complements the Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education’s role in research and innovation. In a longer period, hopefully this program contributes a significant impact on the expansion and development of research and innovation systems in Indonesia,” said Moazzam Malik in his speech.

The UK-Indonesian Science & Technology Fund main activity is in the form of call for research proposals within areas of health, food sustainability, energy sustainability, continuous urban development, as well as maritime and disaster sustainability. Among those activities, is provision of Instutional Links research grants towards seven selected RI-UK research partnerships and Researcher Links workshop fund given to five elected institutions.

“I am very grateful to British Government that provided support for the reserarch and innovation development in Indonesia. I am targeting this research to produce an innovative improvement on our economic and government system,” said Minister Nasir.

Besides funding research activities, the UK-Indonesian Science & Technology Fund also allocates funds for enhancement of capacity within the field of innovtion and research in the form of training, workshops, and exchange of researchers. (dts)