R&D should be done to match demand: Malaysia PM

R&D should be done to match demand: Malaysia PM

PUTRAJAYA - Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak wants research institutions to carry out research and development (R&D) on sectors which are in demand.

"The R&D efforts should be done based on supply and demand factors. If we want to increase the success rate of our R&D, our efforts should match the demand," the Prime Minister said at the launch of the 1DANA portal here yesterday.

1DANA is a centralised one-stop online repository on information on government funding programmes and R&D facilities.

The portal was developed by the Public Investment Fund Committee, which is under Agensi Inovasi Malaysia (AIM).

It will provide more efficient access to information for research, development and commercialisation (R,D&C) investment.

The committee's task is to ensure R,D&C funding is in line with the country's priority areas and to reduce duplication of projects and programmes.

AIM chief executive officer Mark Rozario said the committee had evaluated RM1.23 billion (S$47.9 million) worth of R,D&C projects this year and dished out RM881mil to support them.

He said 35 projects worth RM349 million had similar elements among the ministries and its agencies and were therefore recommended for inter-ministerial collaboration.

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