We are a newly established company. Due to that nature, we are unable to provide certain documents that are required in the proposal form’s checklist. How can we proceed?

In your application, please specify the document in question and provide specific reasons for its unavailability. However, this rule does not apply to the required fields in the application forms itself.

Can we use the fund to pay for employees salaries?

No. Pre Commercialisation Fund is to be used for development purposes only. Salary comes under operational costs and should be borne by the entity. Kindly also refer to the Pre Commercialisation Fund Guideline.

Once project is approved, are we entitled to receive the entire approved amount?

Entity is entitled to claim the entire approved amount, however, payment will be made in stages as agreed in the agreement. Initial payment will be made upon the return of signed duty-stamped agreement and subsequent payment will be on reimbursable basis upon completion of each milestones. MOSTI will identify the recommended amount to be reimbursed according to the physical progress and financial performance of the project.

Are we required to pay back the money once the project is completed?

Pre Commercialisation Fund is a 100% grant given to qualified applicants; hence, no repayment is needed. However, if entity fails to abide the fund agreement and guide lines, MOSTI could take necessary action according to the agreement, i.e. including requires entity to repay the grant.

What about intellectual property (IP)?
Output from the Pre Commercialisation Fund is encouraged to be registered and patented. Upon successful registration, entity should inform MOSTI for record purposes. The ownership of the project IP shall vest in the entity.

Can we do virement of funds from one vote to another?

Yes, every virement application should be made to the Research Management Centre (RMC) for amount which is 20% or less than the original allocation in the vote and to MOSTI for amount which is more than 20%
than the allocation in the vote. The application should be accompanied with strong justifications. Virement can only be done once but any virement more than once will be considered and approved at the discretion of the
cluster head.

Can we apply for purchase of:

– Special services or equipments?
The researcher may apply to MOSTI through RMC with strong justifications BUT the purchase should be made using the existing/allocated funds.

– Laptop, personal computer, printers etc.?3
No. The researcher is considered well equipped with these equipments (provided by the University/Research Institution). BUT in the event of a need for a high powered computer e.g. to run and process data, the
researcher may apply to purchase using the existing/allocated funds.

Can we apply for extension of project completion date?

Yes with reasons and strong justifications. The cluster has the rights to disallow time extensions if the justifications are not strong or raise any doubts.

What is BioNexus Status?

BioNexus Status is a designation awarded to qualifying biotechnology companies, making them eligible for privileges contained within the BioNexus Bill of Guarantees.

Do you know what BioNexus is all about?

BioNexus Status is a designation awarded to qualifying biotechnology companies, making them eligible for privileges contained within the BioNexus Bill of Guarantees.

What are the privileges contained within the BioNexus Bill of Guarantees?

  1. Freedom of ownership
  2. Freedom to source funds globally
  3. Freedom to bring in knowledge workers5
  4. Eligibility for competitive incentives and other assistance
  5. Eligibility to receive assistance for international accreditations and standards
  6. Strong intellectual property (IP) regime
  7. Access to supportive information network linking research centers of excellence
  8. Access to shared laboratories and other related facilities
  9. BiotechCorp as the one-stop agency

Apa itu Innospace?

Innospace merupakan pusat inovasi komuniti yang ditubuhkan di premis SIRIM. Pada masa ini terdapat dua (tiga) Innospace yang sedang beroperasi iaitu Innospace Melaka, Sabah dan Sarawak. Innospace ditubuhkan khas untuk menyediakan satu platform bagi para pereka cipta akar umbi membangunakan idea mereka serta mendapat bantuan dari segi nasihat dan pakar rujuk dalam membangun dan mengkomersil produk inovasi. Innospace juga berperanan dalam membudayakan inovasi dalam kehidupan rakyat.

Siapa yang layak menggunakan Innospace?
Innospace dibuka kepada semua rakyat Malaysia terutamanya kepada pereka cipta akar umbi.

Apakah kemudahan yang terdapat di Innospace?
Innospace dilengkapi dengan peralatan yang mampu membantu para pereka cipta akar umbi membuat rekaan, prototaip dan modeling idea inovatif mereka serta akses komputer yang boleh membantu dalam membuat rujukan secara atas talian (online). Innospace juga menjalankan sesi ceramah dan latihan (bengkel) untuk pelbagai peringkat umur dari pra-persekolahan sehingga pereka cipta ynag sudah berumur. Ceramah dan bengkel yang dianjurkan oleh Innospace melibatkan kreativiti, inovasi dan pemasaran produk.

How do I invite Pusat Sains Negara to join my Science Week in my school?

You need to write in a formal letter to the Director of Pusat Sains Negara.

Pusat Sains Negara Address:

Pusat Sains Negara,
Persiaran Bukit Kiara,
50662 Bukit Kiara,
Kuala Lumpur

What are the main benefits of the First National Space Programme?

Apart from lifting Malaysia’s name in the international arena, this programme has increased public interest and awareness of the importance of science and technology in our daily life. It has also helped cultivate a sense of
pride in all Malaysians. As mentioned above, these are some of the intangible benefits from the First National 7 Angkasawan Programme.

On the other hand, the tangible benefit received is the results from the microgravity science research program that was carried out during the National Angkasawan Programme. This research program was conducted by a
team of researchers from UKM, UM, UPM, UiTM, MARDI and the Institute of Aviation Medicine, MINDEF. All the scientific research that was carried out showed very impressive results. In fact, some of the findings have
produced a successful number of patents that have been filed in Europe, United States, Japan and at least one spin-off technology will be further commercialized.

The Malaysian Angkasawan has also received international recognition as he was requested by international space agencies such as JAXA and ESA to conduct some scientific experiments.

Does Malaysian Government still aim to continue with the Second National Space Programme?

The Government has agreed to proceed with the Second National Angkasawa Programme. Continuation of the National Angkasawan Programme is essential to ensure the continuity and development of national
capability in the space sector and other related fields such as microgravity science, technology, life support system and international cooperation. However, the Government will assess, from time to time, the necessity of
sending a second Angkasawan on other missions.

The Angkasawan Programme is considered a high content project which involves various aspects that require detail specifications and examinations. The mission should possess content that will provide returns to the
country in the area of scientific discovery, generating new knowledge and also generating towards the nation‟s economy. Such programs require a longer scientific mission at the International Space Station (ISS). The
developments of these scientific missions were initiated by the Ministry through its agencies for the past 2 years. Another important aspect would be the collaboration programme with Russia or the United States. This is simply
because only these two countries have the capability to send astronauts to the ISS. The Ministry has already held several preliminary discussions with space agencies from both countries and further discussions will be
arranged. To date, the details of this cooperation are still being studied by the government.

How efficient is the National Tsunami Early Warning System?

Malaysian Tsunami Early Warning System (MTEWS) consists of three components, namely the Information and Data Collection Component, the Processing and Analysis Component and the Dissemination Component. The
Information and Data Component comprises of 28 seismic stations, 17 tide stations, three tsunami buoys, and 18 coastal cameras. Data from all stations are received in real time and the monitoring of earthquakes and
tsunamis are done continuously 24 hours a day throughout the year.

At the regional and international levels, MTEWS is linked to 25 seismic stations and 36 tide stations in near real 9 time. MTEWS is also linked to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC), Hawaii, USA, Japan Tsunami Early
Warning Centre, Japan Meteorological Agency, the Indian Tsunami Early Warning Centre, the Meteorological Climatological and Geophysical Agency of Indonesia and the Bureau of Meteorology, Australia to receive
tsunami early warning. All this information is linked to the MTEWS to produce timely and accurate information about the earthquake and tsunami.

Tsunami warning information is disseminated through the SMS Gateway, mobile, crawler TV, hotline, fax, Fixed Line Alert System (FLAS) and MMD‟s website. Tsunami early warning sirens are installed at 23 strategic locations
and are activated in the event that a tsunami threat is expected to affect the coastal communities.

Earthquake information and tsunami early warning will be issued within 12 minutes after an earthquake event.
How the severe weather warning disseminate widely to the public?

The MMD uses communication medium in dissemination of information such as through SMS to individuals and disaster management agencies on early warning of severe weather.

Announcement in the form of ‘crawlers’ also issued through major local electronic media such as RTM, TV3, Astro Awani and Bernama. In addition, the current weather update is also broadcasted twice a day through
RTM in its Selamat Pagi Malaysia programme at 8:30 am and Berita Wilayah programme at 5:15 pm. Through these programmes, current weather information and severe weather warnings are made available to the

Similar information is also disseminated to local radio station and major newspapers nationwide. The MMD also issued press release regarding the warnings or advisories through the official website at www.met.gov.my

What is the Government initiatives to make sure Malaysia’s Critical National Information Infrastructure secured?

National Cyber Security Policy has been designed to facilitate Malaysia’s move towards a knowledge based economy (K-economy). The Policy was formulated based on a National Cyber Security Framework that
comprises legislation and regulatory, technology, public-private cooperation, institutional, and international aspects.
The National Cyber Security Policy seeks to address the risks to the Critical National Information Infrastructure (CNII) which comprises the networked information systems of ten critical sectors. The CNII sectors are:
•    National Defence and Security
•    Banking and Finance
•    Information and Communications
•    Energy
•    Transportation
•    Water
•    Health Services
•    Government
•    Emergency Services
•    Food and Agriculture

What forms of endorsement can be given to organisers who applied to get endorsement from MOSTI for
organising conference or workshop related to ICT?

Endorsement of the event is subject to the following terms and conditions:
•    The use of the name and logo of MOSTI is only on leaflets, brochures, buntings, banners, advertisements or publication related to the event;
•    MOSTI shall not be liable for any act or consequences of any act of organiser in organising the event;
•    There will be no financial implication or contribution from MOSTI;
•    MOSTI staff shall not be appointed to any committee for organising and promoting the event;
•    MOSTI shall not be involved in the issuance of letters of invitation to participants of the event, and;
•    The endorsement shall be revoked in the event any act of the organiser contradicts the policies of MOSTI and the Government of Malaysia.

Does MOSTI continue to receive any allocation for the eContent Fund under 10MP and 11MP?

Under the 10MP and 11MP, no allocation was provided to MOSTI, therefore, the eContent Fund program has been discontinued. However, the development of digital content is now being allocated to the Ministry of
Information Communication and Culture (KKMM) called the Creative Industry Fund. Those interested are advised to visit MICC‟s website http://www.kkmm.gov.my for further information.

Who/What is CyberSecurity Malaysia?

CyberSecurity Malaysia, a Company Limited by Guarantee is the national cyber security specialist agency under the purview MOSTI.  For more information, please visit www.cybersecurity.my.

What are the roles of CyberSecurity Malaysia?

The role of CyberSecurity Malaysia is to provide specialised cyber security services contributing immensely towards a bigger national objective in preventing or minimising disruptions to critical information infrastructure in order to protect the public, the economy, and government services.

What are the services offered by CyberSecurity Malaysia?

As a national cyber security specialist agency, CyberSecurity Malaysia provides specialised cyber security services:
•    Cyber999 Help Centre,
•    CyberCSI™ Digital Forensic  and Data Recovery
•    Security Management and Best Practices
•    Security Assurance
•    Vulnerability Assessment Services
•    Malaysian Common Criteria Certification Scheme
•    Information Security Professional Development
•    Cyber Security Awareness For Everyone (CyberSAFE)
•    Cybersecurity Policy Research

What is the vision of CyberSecurity Malaysia?

CyberSecurity Malaysia aspires to be a globally recognised National Cyber Security Reference Centre by 2020.

What is the mission of CyberSecurity Malaysia?

CyberSecurity Malaysia’s mission is to create and sustain a safer cyberspace to promote national sustainability, social well-being and wealth creation.

What is Cyber999?

Cyber999 is a one-stop help center, on any issue related to cyber security. It is opened to all Malaysians, whether individual or public/private organisations who are facing security problems while using the Internet

How to get assistance from Cyber999?

There are many ways to reach Cyber999. The most popular methods are via email cyber999@cybersecurity.my or by calling this hotline: 1 300 88 2999.

May I obtain the statistics of incidents reported to Cyber999?

Yes. The number of incidents and the types of incidents reported to the Cyber999 Help Centre are published in this website: www.mycert.org.my.

What is the function of the Digital Forensic Department?

The Digital Forensic Department provides laboratories and expertise to handle all aspects of digital forensics including data recovery from hard disks and mobile phones, as well as forensic analysis of data, audio and
video. It is also a referral center for the exchange of information and skills for law enforcement agencies & regulatory bodies.

What is the Malaysian Common Criteria Scheme (MyCC)?

Malaysian Common Criteria Evaluation & Certification (MyCC) Scheme evaluate and certify the security functions of ICT products based on the international standard ISO/IEC 15408 also known as Common Criteria. MyCC Scheme conducts the security evaluations of ICT products, systems and protection profiles against the Common Criteria standard.

Who/What is MIMOS?

MIMOS is Malaysia’s national R&D centre in ICT under purview of MOSTI.

What are the roles of MIMOS?

When MIMOS was first established in 1985, MIMOS’ purpose was to provide critical infrastructure for the advancement of the local electronics industry so that the nation can design, produce and market high-quality electronic products by local capabilities due to the importance of industrial and economic growth. Today, MIMOS pursues applied research in frontier technologies aimed at growing globally-competitive homegrown industries to move Malaysia up the value chain and ensure accelerated economic growth.

What are the R&D areas that MIMOS is focusing on?

MIMOS’  R&D efforts cover a wide range ICT-based technology. As at 2012, the efforts are focused on 10 technology thrust areas, namely Advanced Analysis and Modelling, Advanced Computing, Information Security, Intelligent Informatics, Knowledge Technology, Microenergy, Microelectronics, Nanoelectronics, Psychometrics and Wireless Communications.

Who are the beneficiaries of MIMOS technologies?

The technologies developed by MIMOS are created for the benefit of industries, universities and other research institutions, and the government. Most importantly, the technologies can be used by local SMEs in developing innovative products and applications which can be commercialised. Ultimately, people on the streets have benefited and will continue to benefit from our technologies.

What is MyIdeas Portal and it’s function?

Citizen Idea bank portal or better known as MyIdeas (www.myideas.gov.my) was launched by the Y.A.B. Prime Minister on 24th July 2009. The portal is a platform to sow, nurture and encourage a culture of idea sharing
amongst Malaysians and is the Governments strategy to become closer to citizens. Ideas that are contributed can be used to enhance the public delivery system which is in line with the concept „1 Malaysia, People First,
Performance Now‟.

How can the MyIdeas Portal help users?

MyIdeas gives an opportunity to all levels of society regardless of age and ethnicity to put forth their creative and innovative ideas and thoughts with a „click‟, anywhere they are. With the theme ‟1 Malaysia, 1 Million
Ideas‟, MyIdeas is the best platform and government strategy to get closer to citizens while fulfilling the current demands based on science and technology.