The Newton Fund has launched two Researcher Links programmes focusing on biodiversity. One will comprise an international research placement, while the other will involve organising regional workshops. Both elements of the programme have the aim of bringing together early-career researchers from the UK and other regional partner countries, to allow them to make international connections that can improve the quality of their research. The partner countries for the programme are Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Chile, Peru and Argentina.
Researchers that reside in the UK can apply for funding to visit one of the partner countries, and those residing in one of the partner countries can apply for funding to travel to the UK. The duration of the visit is 4-12 weeks.
Applications for regional workshops shall be made by senior researchers from one of the partner countries, who lead the workshops. Once funded, grants are available so that early-career researchers in the UK and the partner countries may attend the workshops and participate in the sessions.
The Researcher Links grants are funded by the Newton Fund, an initiative of the British Government managed by the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), together with institutions of the partner countries such as Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Chile, Peru and Argentina. The Newton Fund aims to promote the creation and development of scientific and innovation societies, as well to encourage economic development and welfare in the partner countries.
The areas of priority on this Researcher Links call are:
Understanding habitats and species
Biodiversity for sustainable livelihoods and bio-economy