The fund brings members of the wider science and innovation community in both countries into strong partnerships of excellence.
In the first year of the Newton UK- Thailand Partnership Fund, £1.65 million was funded to more than 500 Research & Innovation (R&I) personnel, In the 2nd year, the Fund is being delivered by 6 UK and 6 Thai organisations with more than £ 8.45 million available for funding for PhD students and researchers in Thailand and the UK.
The great achievements and benefits of the 1st year of the Newton UK-Thailand Research and Innovation Partnership Fund were jointly announced by Mark Kent, British Ambassador to Thailand, and Dr. Pichet Durongkaveroj, Minister of Science and Technology. £1.65 million has already been funded to more than 500 research & innovation personnel through four collaborative programmes.
At the event, the 2nd year plan was also announced. More than £ 8.45 million (£5.377 million from the UK and at least £3.0784 million from the Thailand research organisations) is available for funding PhD students and researchers in Thailand and the UK. This takes place under 10 collaborative programmes, for which calls have been announced in the first half of the UK fiscal year 2015/16.
Mark Kent, British Ambassador to Thailand said:
In the 2nd year, the Newton UK-Thailand Research and Innovation Partnership Fund will cover all three types of activity (people, research and translation) in areas as diverse as Health and Life Sciences and Agritech. Therefore, I have every confidence that the Newton Fund can make a material difference to the quality of people’s lives
Dr. Pichet Durongkaveroj, Minister of Science and Technology said:
Strengthening capacity of more than 500 Research & Innovation (R&I) personnel in Natural Sciences, Engineerings, Social Sciences and Humanities who was funded by the the Newton UK-Thailand Research and Innovation Partnership Fund in the 1st year can contribute to the target of Thailand S&T reform in increasing quality human capital in research and innovation
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