Under the provisions of the Sarawak Biodiversity Centre Ordinance 1997, (Amendment) Ordinance 2003 and (Amendment) Ordinance 2014, the Sarawak Biodiversity Council is given the responsibility to regulate research on biological and protected resources as defined by the Ordinance and export of the State’s Biological Resources.
To implement these duties, the Sarawak Biodiversity Council has put in place the Research Permit System which provides for four types of permits: Permit to access to biological resources for research and development, Export permit, Benefit Sharing Agreement for R&D, and Prior Informed Consent (PIC).
The application process (please refer to pdf Research Application Flow Chart (88 KB) ) starts with the submission of completed document Research Application Form (158 KB) to Sarawak Biodiversity Centre (SBC) for administration and in-house technical evaluations. The application will also be sent to at least two independent technical evaluators who are experts in the research field in question. These evaluators will submit their technical evaluation on the feasibility and the value of the proposed research as well as on the technical competency of the applicant to conduct the research.
These technical evaluations are then put forward to the Council for deliberation and approval. If the Council approves the application, SBC then prepares a draft Research Permit for discussion with the applicant. When both parties agree, the Research Permit is then finalized and signed by Chief Executive Officer of Sarawak Biodiversity Centre (SBC). Applicant is also required to apply for export permit if he or she intends to conduct the research outside of Sarawak.
Potential applicants are required to complete the document Research Application Form (158 KB) (a separate document Guidelines for Research Application Form (30 KB) for the form can be downloaded) and submit it to SBC.
NOTE: Those who intend to apply to conduct research in Sarawak are advised to download and read the following documents before proceeding to fill in the Research Application Form.