IPEC Bureau is invited every year to participate in the international collaboration fund offered by ASEAN and APEC. This year, the International Collaboration Funds Workshop was held on 17 April 2018, organised by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI).
The objective of this workshop is to provide a brief on the funds and encourage application submissions. This presents an invaluable opportunity to embark on joint Research & Development (R&D) collaboration projects between government related organisations in Malaysia and their ASEAN and APEC counterparts.
To secure international funds, the workshop encouraged submissions of quality project proposals from government related organisations. Malaysia is among the participating member states in ASEAN, Science and Technology and APEC Policy Partnership on Science, Technology and Innovation, which opens doors for international funding for capacity building and R & D projects such as ASEAN STI Fund, ASEAN Dialogue Partners’ Funds and APEC Fund.
Overall the workshop was a big success in enlightening everyone on grant and funding opportunities available, primarily the ASEAN and APEC grants – which will be handled by MOSTI’s International Collaboration Funds – as well as application procedures.
With APEC firmly focusing on advancing free trade for Asia-Pacific prosperity to achieve free and open trade and investment by 2020, a world of opportunities awaits Malaysians, especially SMEs involved in STI.