Indofood Provides Food Research Funds for Indonesian Students

Jakarta, April 16th, 2018. PT Indofood Sukses Makmur Tbk (Indofood) held a roadshow on socialization of Indofood Riset Nugraha (IRN) Program to various universities in four cities in Indonesia, namely Mataram, Banjarmasin, Solo and Kupang, from 16th April to 7th May 2018. In addition to socialization, especially for Eastern Indonesia, a coaching clinic will also be conducted by the IRN Expert Council. The theme of the IRN in 2018 is "Educating the Nation through Sustainability Based on Potential and Local Wisdom in a Sustainable manner."

Head of Corporate Communications of PT Indofood Sukses Makmur Tbk, Stefanus Indrayana said "Research is an important instrument for the progress of a nation. We see research interests among Indonesians young generations still requires improvement. Therefore, through this IRN program, Indofood encourages students to pour ideas, innovations, and creativities into particularly superior research topics, in developing food diversity based on local wisdom so that eventually it can support national food independence."

The IRN Program, as Indofood's Corporate Social Responsibility program, under the pillar of Building Human Capital, is open to under-graduate students from various departments who are completing their final assignments. The research objects are to focus on local food resources both land and sea resources, namely corn, wheat, various tubers, bananas, oil palm, soybeans, sago, spices, meat, milk, fish and seaweed and other local commodities. The fields studied are Agro and Fisheries Technology, Product Design & Technology, Nutrition and Public Health, Fisheries and Marine Affairs, as well as Social, Economic and Cultural. Since it was first launched in 2006, the IRN Program has received around 4,700 proposals and funding to 733 students research studies.

Indrayana further explained that “Indofood continued to develop IRN programs such as expanding types of commodities, areas and object of research, to coaching clinics for students. At the beginning of last year, in addition to financial assistance and technical guidance carried out by experts, the IRN appointed 3 best researchers of the 58 research proposals funded by this program. Assessment of proposals includes three aspects, namely (i) quality of research, (ii) research processes and (iii) performance of researchers, in presenting their research. Within the 2018 period, we will also choose the 3 Best Researchers for the IRN Program. The winners will be given the opportunity to embark on a Scientific Study Tour to Singapore to see and observe the qualifications of research process and infrastructure”, he said.

To obtain research funding, students need to register their research proposals through the website and email, starting 1st April to 20th July 2018. Other requirements are the research period of up to 1 (one) year, including curriculum vitae, students experience and supervisors, as well as research conducted in Indonesia. All proposals will undergo an administrative selection process, as well as the substance of the research. Announcement of recipients IRN funds will be made at the beginning of September 2018.

"We hope that the Indofood Riset Nugraha Program can create young Indonesian scholars, who will give birth to superior research, in the field of food and other areas," concluded Indrayana.


About Indofood Riset Nugraha (IRN) Program

IRN is a research funding program for undergraduate students who are on their final assignment or research with topic on food diversification. IRN Program started in 2006 as a further program from Bogasari Nugraha, which had started since 1998 by Bogasari Flour Mills; one of PT Indofood Sukses Makmur Tbk’s business group focusing on flour and pasta production.

The program is one of Corporate Social Responsibilities programs under Building Human Capital’s Pillar. This Program has been acknowledged and received Asia Responsible Enterpreneurship Awards 2010 for category Investment in People Award from Enterprise Asia and also Education care Award 2011 from Ministry of Education and Cultural.

The Expert Team consists of 9 experts from various study field such as Food Technology, Social Economy Agro, Agricultural, Livestock, Nutrition and Health, Fisheries and Marine, Genetics and Molecular Biotechnology also from Indofood as Industry representative.

About PT Indofood Sukses Makmur Tbk

Over the last two decades, Indofood has progressively transformed into a Total Food Solutions company with operations in all stages of food manufacturing, from the production of raw materials and their processing, to consumer products in the market. Today, it is renowned as a well-established company and a leading player in each business category in which it operates. In its business operations, Indofood capitalizes on economies of scale and a resilient business model with four complementary Strategic Business Groups (“Group”), namely:

  • Consumer Branded Products (“CBP”)
  • Supported by the strength of its product brands, the Group produces a diverse range of consumer branded products including noodles, dairy, snack foods, food seasonings, nutritional and specialty foods, and beverages.

    • Bogasari

    The Group is primarily a producer of wheat flour as well as pasta, with business operations supported by its own shipping and packaging units.

    • Agribusiness

    The Group’s principal activities range from research and development, seed breeding, oil palm cultivation and milling, to the production and marketing of branded cooking oils, margarine and shortening. The Group also cultivates and processes rubber, sugar cane and other crops.

    • Distribution

    With the most extensive distribution network in Indonesia, the Group distributes the majority of the consumer products manufactured by Indofood and its subsidiaries, as well as by third parties, to the market.


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