The Sarawak Online Research Application System (SORAS) is available to all researchers who wish to carry out research in Sarawak. Where applicable, the relevant agencies, such as the Sarawak Forestry Corporation and Economic Planning Unit Sarawak may evaluate and approve the applications.
To use the system, applicants must register an account. The application process starts with the submission of completed application through SORAS. Administrative and technical evaluations are carried out by Sarawak Biodiversity Centre. (Research Application Flow Chart). User manual is available for download from the system upon registration.
Upon approval by the Sarawak Biodiversity Council, a Permit for R&D will be issued. The applicant is required to apply for Export Permit for R&D if the nature and specialization of the R&D can only be conducted outside of Sarawak.
All applications under SORAS will be reported to the Access and Benefit Sharing Technical Committee chaired by the Ministry of Urban Development and Natural Resources.
SBC will only accept applications submitted through SORAS. Those who intend to conduct research in Sarawak are advised to read the User Manual provided by SORAS before proceeding to fill in the Research Application Form in the System.