Jakarta – BRIN Public Relations. Head of the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN), Laksana Tri Handoko, said that BRIN will change the government’s portion of domination over research by facilitating the private sector to do research. So far, the main problem with research in Indonesia is the government’s domination in research, i.e., 80%.

Another problem is the fact that the existing research resources such as human resources, budget, and infrastructure are scattered in many research institutions and ministries making it difficult for research to get maximum results. The presence of BRIN which was formed under Presidential Regulation Number 78 of 2021 will integrate all existing research resources in Indonesia so that they are able to compete internationally.

With the integration of all research entities in Indonesia, Handoko is confident that research resources will automatically increase. BRIN is now complete, both in terms of human resources and research infrastructure that can be utilized by the wider community through various schemes offered.

Handoko emphasized that all resources at BRIN will be open platform, meaning that all researchers can use them, not only by BRIN researchers but researchers outside BRIN. Integration of research entities in Indonesia has started since 1 September 2021 starting from 5 main research entities, i.e., BATAN, LIPI, BPPT, and LAPAN.

“On 16 December 2021, 28 research and development units in ministries/institutions (K/L) were officially integrated into BRIN, and this January, 6 K/Ls will be integrated, making a total of 39 K/L will join the agency,” said Handoko in a dialogue with editors-in-chief in Jakarta, Tuesday. (04/01/2022).

Handoko explained the integration of Human Resources into BRIN saying that BRIN offers various schemes to the researchers seconded to the five entities. “Those who have doctoral degrees and are less than 45 years old will be appointed as BRIN researchers under the civil servant recruitment scheme,” said Handoko.

For those who have doctoral degree but are more than 45 years old, they will be appointed as Contract-based Government Employees (PPPK). Meanwhile, those who have not completed their doctoral degree are encouraged to complete their education through a by research scheme.

Encouraging the private sector to be involved in research

Large budget required to conduct research is one of the reasons the private sector is not interested in being involved in conducting research, in addition to high risk of failure.

For this reason, the government is present through BRIN to facilitate research activities in Indonesia to encourage the private sector’s involvement in research. All facilities and resources owned by BRIN can be utilized by all researchers through a collaboration mechanism with BRIN.

“All the resources owned by BRIN, be researchers and infrastructure, can be used by researchers for free, but when they are commercialized, BRIN will ask for a license,” he added.

Under such a mechanism, continued Handoko, the industry does not need a large budget to conduct research, and does not bear the risk of failure. BRIN’s target is to increase the involvement of the private sector in the world of research.

“Our target is not to make BRIN research better, but how to encourage the private sector to immediately enter research with the cheapest possible investment with minimal risk,” he continued (pur).