Policy paper

Newton Fund: building science and innovation capacity in developing countries

Updated 5 March 2015

1. Overview

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. We expect that the UK funding will lead to extra funding from:

  • partner countries
  • private foundations
  • multi-lateral organisations
  • corporate partners

2. Activities

The fund will cover 3 broad categories of activity:

  • people: improving science and innovation expertise (known as ‘capacity building’), student and researcher fellowships, mobility schemes and joint centres
  • research: research collaborations on development topics
  • translation: innovation partnerships and challenge funds to develop innovative solutions on development topics

3. Partner countries

The countries we will work with under the fund are:

For regular updates on the fund please visit the HE International Unit website.

4. Bidding for research funding

Calls are likely to be opened at different times according to the country and the programme area. Please see below for all current research calls:

Call name Newton Fund country partner Lead delivery partner Call open Call closes
PhD placements in Turkey - Newton-Katip Çelebi Fund Turkey British Council 16 March 2015 20 April 2015
Climate Science for Service Partnerships: research opportunities China MET office 2 March 2015 1 May 2015
Pre-announcement of a joint NERC / ESRC / NSFC call for Increasing Resilience to Natural Hazards In Earthquake-Prone regions in China (IRNHiC) China NERC March 2015 May 2015
Atmospheric Pollution and Human Health in an Indian Megacity workshop India NERC 13 February 2015 16 March 2015
Newton Mobility Grants - international social sciences and humanities research collaboration several countries - see link for details British Academy 29 January 2015 18 March 2015
Newton Advanced Fellowships - social sciences and humanities several countries - see link for details British Academy 29 January 2015 18 March 2015
Newton Advanced Fellowships - medical sciences (including clinical or patient-orientated research) several countries - see links for details Academy of Medical Sciences 29 January 2015 18 March 2015
Newton Advanced Fellowships - natural sciences several countries - see links for details The Royal Society 29 January 2015 18 March 2015
Using Critical Zone Science to Understand Sustaining the Ecosystem Service of Soil & Water (CZO) China NERC 26 January 2015 6 March 2015
Atmospheric Pollution and Human Health in a Chinese Megacity Expressions of Interest China NERC, MRC, NSFC 7 January 2015 6 March 2015
ESRC-AHRC-CASS International Centre Partnerships 2014 China ESRC 22 December 2014 5 March 2015
India-UK Collaborative Industrial R and D Programme India Innovate UK 21 November 2014 15 April 2015

5. Who will administer the fund

In the UK there is a governance board chaired by the Minister for Universities and Science. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) will administer the fund.

6. Delivery partners

For further information on the Newton Fund please visit delivery partner websites:

7. Resources