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New research agency struggles with lack of funds, coordination

  • Ardila Syakriah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, November 18 2019   /  12:37 am

A new research agency has to make do with limited funds for its job of consolidating the country’s long-scattered research bodies and private sector entities in hope of improving Indonesia’s research and innovation ecosystem.Addressing reporters on Wednesday, the chief of the newly formed National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN), Bambang Brodjonegoro, said the “relatively small research budget” would be directed to research and innovation that could accelerate development and improve macreconomics in the country, which has lately been clouded by a trade deficit.The Rp 36 trillion (US$2.56 billion) Indonesia is spending on research and development (R&D) only accounts for 0.25 percent of its gross domestic product (GDP), far less than what neighboring countries spend.“We’ve spent the biggest amount of funding on the many research and development bodies in ministries a...