Jakarta – BRIN Public Relations. The Directorate of Research and Innovation Policy Formulation (PKRTI) of the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) collaborates with the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI)-Korea through the K-Innovation Partnership Program. The collaboration is in the context of strengthening the governance and research policies of BRIN as a newly formed institution pursuant to Presidential Regulation No. 78/2021.

“BRIN is facing a new chapter and needs to organize a new organizational governance. This transformation may not be easy, but we hope it is for the greater good,” said BRIN Chief Secretary Nur Tri Aries Suestiningtyas when delivering her welcome speech at the Kick Off Meeting of the 2022 K-Innovation Partnership Program, Thursday (7/4).

Nur explained that the K-Innovation Partnership program covers three focus areas, namely the role of BRIN in the Green Growth Policy; Developing Science and Technology Human Resources in Indonesia, and Improving BRIN Management for Mission-Oriented Research & Innovation.

“I hope that this joint collaboration will produce more policy recommendations in the field of Science and Technology-Innovation for Indonesia in the future. This should be followed up with a roadmap for implementing Research and Innovation Organizational Governance in Indonesia, so that the performance of BRIN can be improved and the economy and competitiveness of our country can be strengthened,” she said.

Furthermore, Nur said that uncoordinated research projects and inefficient budget expenditures for research have been a long-standing problem in Indonesia. A large amount of budget has been spent on various research projects, but the results have not shown significant development of science and technology in Indonesia.

“To overcome this problem, we feel the need to review and regulate the governance of Indonesia’s research and innovation policies, including the coordination mechanisms, institutional frameworks, and Research and Development financial and investment systems,” she said.

Nur explained further that the partnership between BRIN and STEPI-Korea has been running since 2014 through collaboration with LIPI and the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT). Nur hopes that this good relationship can be the key to going through an important period of BRIN’s institutional transformation in Indonesia.

Acting Director of BRIN’s Research Technology and Innovation Policy Formulation Dudi Hidayat said the new structure of BRIN had begun to be implemented as of 1 September 2021. This is a challenge in implementing the integration of research and technology institutions in Indonesia.

According to Dudi, BRIN is mandated to address the critical mass of research resources which are very low in Indonesia. Furthermore, the presence of BRIN is also expected to increase research capacity and competence, as well as attract young talents in research to contribute in Indonesia.

“BRIN is expected to be a solution for low critical mass, by creating a collaboration hub for local and global stakeholders,” he said.

BRIN also supports global engagement and collaboration, accelerates transfer of knowledge and skills through research collaboration. This allows the government as the facilitator and enabler for local business actors to develop Research &Development-based products with very low investment.

Therefore, BRIN builds an open platform for Human Resources, Budget, Infrastructure, and Network that can be accessed by private institutions and universities. This is done to improve the research and innovation ecosystem in Indonesia.

The activity was also attended by Chief Director of STEPI’s Division of Global Innovation Strategy Research Dr Hwanil Park, STEPI’s Project Manager and Research Fellow Dr Jong-seon Kim. The meeting was followed by presentations and discussions by and between experts and academics from BRIN and STEPI-Korea. (jml)