Jakarta (ANTARA) - The National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) has collaborated with several universities to establish six research collaboration centers (RCC) with different competencies and research areas.

"This scheme will allow BRIN to efficiently strengthen research on certain strategic topics. The RCCs of BRIN and universities will be treated the same as regular research centers within BRIN, including full access to all human resource and research facilitation schemes," BRIN head Laksana Tri Handoko said during a webinar here on Friday.

For the first phase, four RCCs have been proposed by the Bandung Institute of Technology, Gadjah Mada University, Mulawarman University, and the University of Indonesia each, while Padjadjaran University has proposed two RCCs, he informed.

Each university will collaborate with the BRIN research centers and other parties such as industries, hospitals, or other universities, he added.

Handoko said RCC is a scheme to strengthen research capacity and competence in specific fields by optimizing human resources of partner universities and related research centers at BRIN.

The six RCC are the Biosensors and Biodevices for Control of Tropical Diseases and Disease Outbreaks RCC proposed by a team from Bandung Institute of Technology in collaboration with the Chemical Research Center and the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Center of BRIN, he informed.

The Biofilm RCC has been proposed by Gadjah Mada University in collaboration with BRIN's Biotechnology Research Center, Jenderal Sudirman University and Dr. Sardjito Hospital, he said.

The Biomass-Based Nano Technology Cosmetic RCC has been proposed by Mulawarman University in collaboration with BRIN's Biomaterials Research Center and Chemical Research Center, he added.

Furthermore, the Functional Metabolomics Research: Biomarkers and its Mechanisms RCC has been proposed by the University of Indonesia in collaboration with BRIN's Biotechnology Research Center, he said.

The Research and Development of Biomaterials from Marine Biological Resources RCC proposed by Padjadjaran University will involve the BRIN's Biomaterials Research Center and Botanical Gardens Research Center, and PT Miko Bahtera Nusantara, he added.

Lastly, the Biomass and Biorefinery RCC has been proposed by Padjadjaran University in collaboration with Hasanuddin University and BRIN's Biomaterials Research Center and Limnology Research Center, he said.

It is hoped that the RCCs will produce maximum research output by utilizing the resources of each party involved in the research collaboration, such as resources from universities, BRIN, and industries.

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Translator: Martha Herlinawati, Raka Adji
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