Indonesian scientists hamstrung by year-long funding delay
Indonesian scientists expecting to receive hundreds of thousands of dollars for research are stuck in limbo because the country’s first dedicated science-funding agency is struggling to raise enough money.
After years of insufficient research funding, scientists were delighted when the Indonesian Science Fund (ISF) launched, in March 2016. Its aim was to boost investment in research and improve research quality. The following May, it opened up applications for grants worth up to 1.5 billion rupiah (US$110,000) a year for 3 years. Scientists submitted 467 proposals in areas such as health and nutrition.
Almost 18 months later, the ISF, which is managed by the Indonesian Academy of Sciences in Jakarta, says it has selected projects that deserve to be funded, but does not have the money to give to researchers.