Mataram – BRIN Public Relations. The Regional Research and Innovation Agency (BRIDA) of West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) is the first BRIDA to be established in Indonesia. BRIDA was formed as the backbone of the region in formulating research-based policies.

This was stated by Acting Deputy for Research and Innovation Facilitation, Agus Haryono in a seminar entitled Success Story of Research and Innovation Actors in NTB, Saturday (19/03). “The establishment of NTB BRIDA is the first in Indonesia and should be an example for other regions to immediately form BRIDA,” said Agus.

The presence of BRIDA in NTB should serve as reference for local governments in formulating regional policies. With the formation of BRIDA, all regional policies should be based on research results.

“Formulation of regional policies does not necessarily base on the wishes of the regional heads, but must go through a process called research,” he explained.

The National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) encourages BRIDA’s success through SIAR (HR, Infrastructure, Budget, and Regulation). In principle, HR is the most important element in a research activity.

“BRIDA will not be successful if it does not have competent human resources who are ready to conduct research and innovation to solve community problems,” he continued.

Agus suggested that BRIDA invite as many research human resources as possible from various circles of society from universities and other research institutions to join BRIDA.

Infrastructure also plays an important role in BRIDA’s research activities. BRIN will facilitate the regional agency in their research activities if the region does not have the facility they need.

He gave an example, when BRIDA Mataram wanted to do research on sea cucumber farming but did not have a laboratory or infrastructure to do so, BRIN facilitated them with the infrastructure. However, this infrastructure was temporarily placed in a facility owned by BRIN in NTB. Not only for NTB, all research infrastructure facilities owned by BRIN can be utilized by the research community in Indonesia under the specified mechanism.

“Aside from human resources, the most important point in advancing the research ecosystem is infrastructure. The success of research and innovation is determined 70% by human resources, 20% by infrastructure, and 10% by the budget,” he added.

The budget factor in research activities is indeed important but not the main one. In this case, BRIN will facilitate funding related to research activities.

“This funding facilitation scheme can also be used by BRIDA in advancing its research activities in regions,” he explained.

The last factor is regulations that will provide corridors and certainty for the implementation of research in Indonesia. Regulations drawn up related to research are expected to be in favor of research activities so as to advance the research ecosystem in Indonesia.

Head of NTB BRIDA, Wirawan said that formation of BRIDA is a form of transformation of research institutions in Indonesia. All this time, research activities are carried out by many institutions and this may of course overlap in term of works and funding which spread across many institutions, and the results are not optimal.

Hence the integration of all research institutions, especially in regions, into BRIN or BRIDA constitutes a transformation not only from institutional perspective but this also becomes a solution to the problems we have related to research and innovation.

Wirawan explained the difference between Regional R&D and BRIN or BRIDA, that is Regional R&D only carries out activities with existing funding and the results are only in the form of journals or writings. When transforming into BRIDA or BRIN, Wirawan said, there are two activities that will be carried out with respect to the results of research and innovation, namely incubation and commercialization.

“If Regional R&D has been integrated into BRIN and BRIDA but without incubation and commercialization, it will all be nothing,”

Wirawan said, as the manifestation of the NTB regional government’s commitment to the establishment of BRIDA, his office has prepared land in a total area of ​​26 hectares to be used as an incubation area. The form of incubation is that; if the results of research from universities or outside the government that produce a product are in the form of a prototype, the prototype will be converted into a standardized or certified product.

“When the product has been certified, there is no doubt for the public to take advantage of the product,” said Wirawan.

If the research results are in the form of a business process, then through this incubation stage it will be matured into a mature business model. However, if the matured business process wants to be developed further and is needed by the region, then through this incubation stage the business process will be accelerated.

The next stage is commercialization which is realized by providing facilities that can be used by business players to sell their products to the public or their users. (pur)