Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (Malaysia)

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Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation
Kementerian Sains, Teknologi dan Inovasi
The Federal Government of Malaysia
Logo of the Ministry Of Science, Technology and Innovation
Logo of the Ministry Of Science, Technology and Innovation
Minister Ewon Ebin
Deputy Minister Abu Bakar Mohamad Diah
Secretary General Madinah Mohamad
Established date 1973
Key agencies
Location Putrajaya
Website www.mosti.gov.my

The Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation or MOSTI (Malay: Kementerian Sains, Teknologi dan Inovasi) is the Malaysian ministry in charge of research, telecommunication and information technology. The current minister is Y.B. Datuk Dr. Ewon Ebin.

It was created in 1973 by the federal government as the Ministry of Technology, Research and Local Government and was reformed in 1976 as the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment (MOSTE). Following the cabinet reshuffle of 2004, MOSTE evolved yet again to its current form.

The objective behind the creation of the ministry is to improve competitiveness in the fields of science and technology through the generation of knowledge and sustainable development.[1]

Agencies and institutions under the ministry[edit]

MOSTI controls and supervises a number of institutions that are responsible in providing technical services to the government and the public.

MOSTI's agencies
Agencies Role Notes
Malaysian Centre For Remote Sensing (MACRES) Remote sensing, telemetry, geographic information system (GIS) and research Headquarters (HQ) in Kuala Lumpur and ground receiving station in Temerloh, Pahang
National Science Centre Promoting awareness, appreciation, interest and understanding of science and technology Bukit Kiara, Kuala Lumpur
National Oceanography Directorate Marine science and oceanography development HQ in Putrajaya
National Space Agency Research and development of space science HQ in Putrajaya
Department of Chemistry Malaysia Chemical analysis, investigation/forensic and consultancy services HQ in Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Malaysia Nuclear Agency Nuclear technology research and development Bangi, Selangor. In possession of a TRIGA Mark II, 1 MW nuclear reactor since 1982[2]
Malaysian Meteorological Services National meteorological monitoring services and natural disaster warning. Central Forecast Office, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. 341 data-gathering stations nationwide
Department of Standards Malaysia National standards and Accreditation body HQ in Cyberjaya, Selangor
Atomic Energy Licencing Board Control and supervision of radioactive material usage in industries. The board also checks and enforces safety rules. HQ in Dengkil, Selangor
Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre HQ in Cyberjaya, Selangor

Besides divisions and agencies of the federal government, MOSTI supervises companies set up by the government or through incorporation of a government body.

Grants[edit]

MOSTI provides grants for research. Funds available are placed under specialized schemes, such as ScienceFund, TechnoFund (Pre-commercialization and IP acquisition fund), InnoFund (Enterprise innovation and community innovation fund), eHCD (Human capital development fund), eIRPA and the Brain Gain fund.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ministry Of Science, Technology and Innovation - MOSTI organisational history, 2007
  2. ^ Triga reactors worldwide - Revised, February 2003