The National Institute of Bioscience and Human Technology (NIBHT) has an annual budget of approximately $13.7 million. The institute has a permanent staff of 220, of whom 185 are involved in research. The National Institute of Materials and Chemical Research has an annual budget of $59 million. Of the permanent staff of 419, 349 are engaged in research. The biodegradation research includes poly(beta-hydroxybutyrate) production and microbial degradation, production of derivatized starches, and blend yarns of PCL and conventional plastics, with emphasis on biodisintegration after biodegradation.