If you are a SME caught in a bottleneck in the recent economic slowdown, you may wish to analyse your situation and find out whether your competitiveness can be improved through adapting some state-of-art or appropriate technology. The good news is the Ministry of Higher Education has now set up the Public-Private Research Network (PPRN) to help SME’s in R & D.
Essentially, PPRN finds a team of experts/scientists from the higher education Institutions and public research institutions to develop the required technology by the SME and to co-finance the development cost with the SME. The proportion of the grant from PPRN is higher for smaller companies, up to a maximum of RM50,000.
To be eligible for the above support, you must be a Malaysian company with an annual sale of more than RM50,000 and your product must be market-ready but needs technological improvement in terms of the process or product itself.
PPRN was set up by the government with the aim to strengthen public-private network connection. This is done through research innovation from higher education Institutions and public research institutions for the SME’s. It also serves to encourage academia to carry out research based on market demand.
For further information and application, please contact:
d/a Unit Keusahawanan
Kementerian Pendidikan Tinggi
Ms Wee Hui Bieh, AFMSA, Sept. 2016
Public-Private Research Network (PPRN)
Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia.
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