The Ministry was first established in 1973 as the Ministry of Technology, Research and Local Government. In 1976, in line with new functions and responsibilities pertaining to environmental matters, the Ministry then changed its name to Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment (MOSTE). On 27th March 2004, the Cabinet agreed to the restructuring of MOSTE and the name was changed to Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) in order to lead the National ICT Development function, Multimedia and Innovation. In 2007,  the science and technology function was divided into Biotechnology, ICT, Industry, Sea to Space and S&T Services clusters.


MOSTI OBB Programme


“To lead the National Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Agenda”


“Explore, develop and utilise STI to generate knowledge, create wealth and ensure societal wellbeing towards achieving a competitive, sustainable and inclusive high income economy”

Strategic Thrust

  1. Development of Human capital in STI towards generating and enhancing knowledge / innovation-led economy;
  2. Harnessing and intensifying home grown R&D, technology acquisition and innovation for markets;
  3. Mainstreaming of STI, nurturing and acculturation of creative and innovative thinking;
  4. Enhancement and strengthening strategic alliances (collaboration, cooperation and partnerships);
  5. Strengthening of RDC funding;
  6. Harnessing of commercialization and intellectual property for wealth creation and societal well-being;
  7. Empowering society through innovation for sustainable development;
  8. Internationalisation; and
  9. Strengthening the ability and capacity of MOSTI support services.

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Main Key Performance Indicators

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Source by Strategic Planning Section

Types of Services Provided By MOSTI

  1. Weather forecast report
  2. Radioactive Materials Licensing
  3. Managing and Coordinating R, D & C funds
  4. DNA test
  5. Standard certification
  6. Cyber Security
  7. Space Science Education
  8. Consultancy on Radiation Protection
  9. Observation of the Earth’s surface
  10. Non-formal STI education