Grants are offered for collaborative research projects involving researchers from the UK and a partner country (Egypt, Thailand and Turkey). The research should be related to the social welfare and economic development of the partner country.
Funding body: British Council
Maximum value:£ 300,000
The Newton Fund is part of the UK’s official development assistance programme, designed to promote economic development and social welfare in the UK and specified partner countries (a list of which are available on the Newton Fund website). Established in 2014, it has provided £75million per year to support projects and initiatives in support of its aims. The British Council, along with the Higher Education Unit and national co-funders, are running various programmes under the Newton Fund.
The Newton Institutional Links Programme has been established to facilitate sustainable, solution-oriented collaborations between academia, the private sector and third sector, such as SMEs, NGOs, technology transfer offices and other not-for-profit organisations.
Grants are offered for up to two years, to provide seed funding to UK and partner country collaborations with the aim of:
•Creating new research and innovation collaborations.
•Developing existing collaborations at group, departmental, and institutional level.
•Encouraging the collaborations to engage with non-academic organisations and individuals to support the exchange of research and innovation expertise and the translation of research knowledge into tangible benefits.
•The establishment of local hubs for UK-partner country activity in a particular area (such as workshops, seminars or training), enabling engagement from the wider research and innovation community.
The research should directly transfer into social and economic benefits for the partner country. Each partner country has a set of specific thematic areas and the research project must focus on one of these areas. The partner countries included on this call are: the UK, Egypt, Thailand and Turkey. Under this programme the challenge areas that have been identified are:
•Agriculture (eg irrigation, crop yields).
•Climate and environment (eg climate change, green technology, sustainable development, ecosystem services, resource scarcity).
•Sustainable energy for all.
•Education research and innovation for development.
•Economic growth (eg equitable growth, financial sector development, private sector development).
•Health (eg HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, neglected tropical diseases, child mortality, maternal health).
•Water and sanitation.
•Food and nutrition (including food security).
•Demographic change and migration.
•Rural and urban development.
•Infrastructure (including civil engineering, information and communication technologies, big data for social and economic development).
•Humanitarian disasters and emergencies, disaster risk reduction.
•Resilient and connected communities.
•Governance, society and conflict (eg transparency, accountability, effective institutions, land and natural resource rights, poverty alleviation, social development, structural inequalities, violence and security, peace building, civil society).
•Development-relevant data collection, quality and access (including administrative data and macroeconomic statistics).
All applications must meet the required relevance to economic development or social welfare of the partner country (known as the Official Development Assistance (ODA) requirement).
The research may be multidisciplinary in nature and may include the biological and medical sciences; engineering and physical sciences; environment, agriculture and food sciences; social sciences; arts and humanities.
For further information see the website.