The STI Facility and Equipment Inventory Survey 2012/2013 was carried out as a continuous exercise to obtain updated and comprehensive data on the STI facilities and equipment available in Malaysia. This was important as the number of STI facilities and equipment has been steadily increasing over the years attributed to the growing number of research and development (R&D) institutions such as universities, centres of excellence and high-tech industries.
STI facility is defined as the place where research and scientific activities carried out such as a laboratory, the monitoring center and place of testing. STI equipment is equipment used to support STI activities, including research, testing, and monitoring that has cost more than RM200,000.00 for each instrument.
Hence, the data is important for policymakers and researchers in identifying the availability of STI facilities and equipment in the country. This will also promote efficient management of resources by encouraging sharing of STI equipment at various facilities in different organisations nationwide. In addition, it will also assist government agencies and other organisations in determining the need for acquisition of new science and technology assets in the future.