Jakarta, BRIN Public Relations – The National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) is committed to facilitating research activities at universities, especially those under the Association of Higher Education (APERTI) of State-Owned Enterprises (BUMN) in order to advance research and innovation in Indonesia. This was conveyed Head of BRIN Laksana Tri Handoko in a Webinar held APERTI BUMN under the topic “The Future of Research and Innovation for Advanced Indonesia”, Wednesday (12/1).

According to Laksana Tri Handoko, APERTI BUMN has a strategic position to collaborate with BRIN. This is in line with BRIN’s desire to strengthen non-governmental research related to increasing economic added value. “These state-owned universities are one of our main partners in carrying out research and innovation in the future,” he said.

To build this collaboration, BRIN has prepared various facilities, both in terms of open platform schemes, research funding schemes, and research collaboration center schemes. Under an open platform scheme, all infrastructure facilities owned by BRIN can be used by all parties. “These facilities are important because the more modern we are, the more advanced the equipment we need to support research,” he said.

Meanwhile for the research funding scheme, Handoko said that BRIN provides two research fundings based on the National Research Priority (PRN), and research to support the handling of COVID-19. Furthermore, there is a new scheme, namely the research collaboration center. This scheme is an upgrade from the Center of Excellence in Science and Technology (PUI).

This research collaboration center focuses on certain research, which will be under a multi-year contract, which can last up to 7 years. This Research Collaboration can be done both with the industry and universities. “All of our existing schemes do not have monitoring and evaluation except at the end of the year to evaluate the continuation in the following year. So it does not interfere with research activities,” he said.

By sharing these facilities and schemes, Handoko hopes that research collaboration with campuses and the industry will develop naturally. This is because collaboration is on a person-to-person basis, which is the personal activity of researchers.

“So BRIN provides facilities for researchers to collaborate comfortably to produce creativity so that they can contribute to the nation in the future. I hope there will be many collaborations, especially with campuses at APERTI BUMN, ” he hoped.

Rector of Telkom University, Prof. Adi Wijaya, said that there are many things that can be collaborated between BRIN and APERTI BUMN in the future. APERTI BUMN has many universities that are concerned in their respective fields, such as Telkom University which focuses on the field of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

“This research and innovation stem from problems that exist in society. The presence of this corporate-based university is expected to be very helpful in advancing research and innovation that is beneficial for the progress of the Indonesian nation,” he said.

APERTI BUMN is the forum for state-owned universities, such as Telkom University, Pertamina University, PLN Institute of Technology, Semen Indonesia International University, Indonesia Postal Polytechnic, School of Logistics Management (STIMLOG), Telkom Surabaya Institute of Technology and others. (jml)