Independent research fund launched in Indonesia

The Academy’s Foreign Secretary Professor Cheryl Praeger at the launch of the new research fund with Professor Sangkot Marzuki, President of the Indonesian Academy of Sciences

A new fund in Indonesia established by President Joko Widodo will provide around US$50 million a year to fund about 200 research proposals.

The Indonesian Academy collaborated with Indonesia’s ministries of finance and national development planning as well as international partners from the US, UK and Australia to create the Indonesian Science Fund (ISF), a funding body independent from the government bureaucracy.

The Academy’s Foreign Secretary Professor Cheryl Praeger AM FAA attended the fund’s launch at the invitation of the Indonesian Academy of Sciences’ President, Professor Sangkot Marzuki.

The launch featured a talkshow entitled ‘Promoting Scientific Culture of Excellence’, at which Professor Praeger gave a presentation on lessons from Australia’s scientific development. Other international invited guests and speakers included former Obama envoy to Indonesia Dr Bruce Alberts, and United States’ Science Envoy for the Ocean, Dr Jane Lubchenco.

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