The Academy of Medical Sciences, the British Academy and the Royal Society announced the first round of recipients of their new
research funding scheme, the Newton Advanced Fellowships. The scheme provides established international researchers with an opportunity to develop the
research strengths and capabilities of their research groups through training, collaboration and reciprocal visits with a partner in the UK.
Researchers in Brazil, China, Mexico, South Africa and Turkey will collaborate with research partners in the UK. It is anticipated the skills and knowledge
gained through these partnerships should lead to changes in the well being of communities and increased economic benefits for partner countries. Partner
agencies in participating countries are also offering their own schemes which UK researchers can apply for.
The recipients receive funding for diverse research projects which include studying the anthropogenic pollution effects on clouds in the Amazon; evaluating
the role of youth employability programmes in South Africa; understanding how risk behaviour shapes foreign capital flows to Turkey; designing
photocatalysts for solar fuels; working on child obesity in Mexico; examining the effects of affirmative action in college admission on social mobility in Brazil;
and a study on antibiotic resistance.
South Africa recipients and their UK partners are as follows:
Professor Hasani Chauke, University of Limpopo and Professor Richard Catlow, University College London
Computational Modelling for Titanium Development
Dr Karen Cohen, Groote Schuur Hospital and University of Cape Town and Professor Munir Pirmohamed, University of Liverpool
Drug induced liver injury due to anti-tuberculosis treatment: predictive mechanism-based biomarkers and genetic associations.
Professor Keertan Dheda, University of Cape Town and Dr Taane Clark, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Using whole genome sequencing to identify genetic features of Mycobacterium tuberculosis that correlate with drug susceptibility and clinical
outcome in a prospective study of patients with XDR-TB.
Dr Nico Fischer, University of Cape Town and Professor Graham Hutchings, Cardiff University
Phase transformations of nano-particulate heterogeneous catalysts captured in-situ
Dr Lauren Graham, University of Johannesburg and Professor Andy Furlong, University of Glasgow
Youth transitions to work in South Africa: Evaluating the role of youth employability programmes
Dr Chandre Gould, Institute for Security Studies and Professor Brian Rappert, University of Exeter
Cataloguing Secrets, Transforming Justice: An Innovative Manuscript and an Interactive Archive
Dr Julia Goedecke, Non-Communicable Diseases Research Unit, South African Medical Research Council and Professor Brian Walker,
University of Edinburgh
Non-communicable disease risk in black South Africans: dissecting the role of glucocorticoids.
Dr Agostino Pietro Maria Inguscio, University of Cape Town and Professor Deborah Oxley, University of Oxford
Establishment of the Programme in Global Economic History at UCT
Dr Pieter Levecque, University of Cape Town and Professor Andrea Russell, University of Southampton
Advanced X-ray and Fundamental studies of Pt electrocatalysts supported on doped SiC and B4C
Dr Lisa Micklesfield, University of the Witwatersrand and Dr Soren Brage, University of Cambridge
Physical activity and components of body composition and growth in cohorts of black South African participants at different stages in the life
Professor Marlien Pieters, North-West University and Dr Fiona Green, University of Surrey
The role of plasma levels and genetics of haemostatic factors in cardiovascular disease development in Africans
Professor Geo Quinot, Stellenbosch University and Professor Sue Arrowsmith, University of Nottingham
Developing the scholarship of African public procurement regulation
Dr Joseph Raimondo, University of Cape Town and Professor Colin Akerman, University of Oxford
Cellular mechanisms of epilepsy in neurocystercicosis
Dr Deborah Seddon, Rhodes University and Dr Andrew van der Vlies, Queen Mary University of London
An Arc to the Future: Preserving and Promoting Orature in the South African Literary Imaginary
Professor Stephanus Jacobus van Zyl Muller, Stellenbosch University and Dr Jonathan Eato, University of York
South African Jazz Cultures and the Archive
The Newton Advanced Fellowships are supported through the Newton Fund, a £375 million fund (£75 million a year for five years) which, through science and
innovation partnerships, aims to promote the economic development and welfare of poor people in developing countries. The fund is overseen by the
Department for Businesses Innovation and Skills (BIS) and delivered through 15 delivery partners in collaboration with 15 partnering countries.
The Fellowships awarded will last for up to three years and are support researchers across the natural sciences, medical sciences, social sciences and
humanities. Recipients will receive up to £37,000 for each year.
Further information on the scheme is available on each of the academies websites: