The Newton Fund is part of the UK’s official development assistance. Its aim is to develop science and innovation partnerships that promote the economic development and welfare of developing countries.
The fund is £75 million each year from 2014 for 5 years. It will be administered by The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. Activities under the fund will be managed by a core group of Delivery Partners, including: the Royal Society, Royal Society of Engineering, The Royal Society of Chemistry, British Academy and The Academy of Medical Sciences, The British Council (in collaboration with the UK Higher Education International Unit), Research Councils UK (RCUK), Technology Strategy Board (TSB) and the Met Office.
The funding will be allocated in varying proportions across 15 partner countries, all of which are emerging economies. All programmes must be match funded so that partnerships are on an equal basis and must also assist with the economic development of the partner country.
Partner countries are: Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Mexico, the Philippines, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey, and Vietnam.
The fund will cover 3 broad categories of activity:
- people: improving science and innovation expertise (ie: ‘capacity building’), student and researcher fellowships, mobility schemes and joint centres
- programmes: research collaborations on development topics
- translation: innovation partnerships and challenge funds to develop innovative solutions on development topics
The Newton Fund should promote the long term economic development and welfare of people in partner countries and unlock new opportunities for HEIs to contribute and build partnerships. Challenges such as the alleviation of poverty, improvement of energy and water quality, as well as innumerable other social, environmental and cultural benefits which could ultimately lead to increasing the economic growth of partner countries as well as the UK should be addressed.
Calls are likely to be opened at different times according to the country and the programme area. For all current research calls go to:
Multi-country calls No calls are open at the moment.
Calls for Brazil The joint Research Councils UK-CONFAP research partnerships call opened on 4 August. The application form and guidance for applicants will be available from 18 August 2014. The deadline for applications is 17 October at 16:00 UK time.
Calls for Chile Newton-Picarte fund No calls are open at the moment.
Calls for UK-China Research and Innovation Partnership Fund Ten calls now open with the Met Office as the delivery partner. Deadlines: 1 September 2014 & 27 February 2015.
Calls for Colombia Newton-Caldas Fund No calls are open at the moment.
Calls for Egypt No calls are open at the moment.
Calls for India Two calls for India’s Newton-Bhabha fund are now open, with more expected shortly.
- DBT-MRC Joint Centre Partnerships (Deadline: 29 September at 16:00)
- Joint Global Research Programme: Women’s and children’s health (Deadline: 21 October at 16:00)
Calls for Indonesia No calls are open at the moment.
Calls for Kazakhstan Newton-Al Farabi Partnership Programme No calls are open at the moment.
Calls for Malaysia No calls are open at the moment.
Calls for Mexico No calls are open at the moment.
Calls for Philippines No calls are open at the moment.
Calls for South Africa No calls are open at the moment.
Calls for Thailand No calls are open at the moment.
Calls for Turkey No calls are open at the moment.
Calls for Vietnam No calls are open at the moment.
For regular updates on the fund visit the HE International Unit website
Full details can be found on the UK government website
For further information, contact the External Projects Team.