Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (Malaysia)
|The Federal Government of Malaysia|
Logo of the Ministry Of Science, Technology and Innovation
|Deputy Minister||Abu Bakar Mohamad Diah|
|Secretary General||Madinah Mohamad|
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 Datuk Dr. Maximus Ongkili.
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.
Agencies and institutions under the ministry
MOSTI controls and supervises a number of institutions that are responsible in providing technical services to the government and the public.
|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|
|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.
- MIMOS Bhd (MIMOS)
- Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC)
- SIRIM Bhd (SIRIM)
- Technology Park Malaysia Corporation Sdn Bhd (TPM)
- Malaysia Biotechnology Corporation (MBC)
- Astronautic Technology Sdn Bhd (ATSB)
- National ICT Security and Emergency Response Centre (NISER)
- Malaysia Network Information Centre (MYNIC)
- Malaysian Technology Development Corporation (MTDC)
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.