Jakarta – BRIN Public Relations. Head of the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN), Laksana Tri Handoko ensured that the process of integrating research institutions from ministries/agencies (K/L) into BRIN will not hinder ongoing research activities. This was conveyed by Handoko during an interview with an online mass media, Jakarta, Thursday (13/01/2022).

BRIN as a research institution established under Presidential Regulation Number 33 of 2021 which was later amended by Presidential Regulation Number 78 of 2021 concerning the National Research and Innovation Agency, will integrate all research institutions in Indonesia, including those in Ministries. The integration process for phase 1 has been carried out on 5 main research entities in Indonesia, namely, BATAN, LAPAN, LIPI, BPPT, and the Ministry of Research and Technology on 1 September 2021.

“Currently we have entered phase 2 of the integration process for ministries/institutions (K/L) that have been performed on 16 December 2021 from 28 K/L and the remaining 6 K/L are expected to be completed on 31 January 2022,” said Handoko.

He emphasized that during the integration process, all research activities in former K/L that joined BRIN will continue as planned completing all the targets set. The focus of research carried out by BRIN in 2022 is handling Covid-19, especially the Merah Putih Vaccine and developing non-PCR detection tools.

With regard to the development of the Merah Putih Vaccine research, Handoko guarantees that the integration will not affect the course of the Merah Putih Vaccine research. It will even get better. “Merah Putih Vaccine research activities are still running and that is my target. So I make sure it runs and focus on completing the targets that have been set. With this integration, the Merah Putih Vaccine team is getting stronger because the human resources increase and infrastructure supports also get better,” said Handoko.

This integration process, said Handoko, is an endeavour to increase the critical mass of research in Indonesia which has so far been low. The fundamental problems in research in Indonesia thus far are limited number of outstanding human resources, inadequate infrastructure, and limited funding.

With the integration of all research institutions in Indonesia, the number of outstanding human resources will automatically increase, infrastructure will be complete, and funding will also increase. In the end, this integration can increase the critical mass of research in Indonesia.

He said that BRIN budget allocation for 2022 is IDR 6.1 T, most of which to complete research infrastructure. “Most of this funding will be allocated for research and infrastructure, 2.1 T for personnel expenditure, 2.2 T for research infrastructure, 1 T for research activities, and the rest for operations,” he detailed.

According to Handoko, research infrastructure is still a priority to be completed, because it is an important part of any research activity. (pur)