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The rapid development and enhancement of S&T since the millennium, has transformed socio-economic throughout the world. New skills and ability is therefore required to correspond with the ever-growing knowledge-intensive and skills based industries. The Human Capital Development Fund Programme in S&T is an effort by the Government to encourage and strengthen the human capacity and capability for the enhancement of S&T in Malaysia.

This programme is introduced to increase the critical mass of scientist and researchers in the country besides strengthening the R&D functions in institutions of higher learning and public research institutions. It also committed to enhance the country's competitiveness through the development of trained, innovative and creative human resource.