PENANG: Researchers should tie-up with foreigners and not limit their partnership with locals to commercialise their research findings.
Deputy Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Kong Cho Ha said not everyone could see the value in a research finding.
“But if someone does and it is a foreign company who knows how to use it, why not,” he told a press conference after opening the 4th ENGAGE European Union-Southeast Asia ICT Research Collaboration Conference on Tuesday.
Kong, noting that the EU was offering research grants for researchers on Information Technology, urged local researchers to take up the opportunity by engaging an EU partner as stipulated under the conditions.
He said the ministry, besides offering the science fund for basic research to universities, also made available the techno-fund and innovation fund a year ago mainly for industrial players.