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Much of research funding for higher education is not utilized

posted Jan 6, 2014, 10:35 PM by Unknown user
Over IDR 50 billion (USD 4.5 million) of Indonesia's government allocation from the National Spending and Income Budget (APBN) to fund higher education research and collaboration has not been utilized due to difficult administrative process and bureaucracy for Indonesia's universities and higher education institutions to retrieve this resource. This issue was highlighted during the seminar on Capacity Development for the Community Development Research and Service Institute (LPPM) in Higher Education held by USAID Higher Education Leadership Management (HELM) that was attended by researchers and leaderships from 24 public and private universities in Indonesia, including Bogor Agricultural Institute (IPB), Universitas Hassanuddin and Universitas Sriwijaya. Researchers from the Community Development Research and Service Institutes (LPPM) of Indonesian universities in particular are discouraged from requesting or accepting research funding from government due to bureaucracy in the administrative processes, including the over-detailed reporting and the brief timeline of funding utilization. This indicates the availability of Indonesian government funding for academic research that is unfortunately untapped by Indonesian universities' researchers due to government's standards and bureaucracy.