Policy paper

Newton Fund: building science and innovation capacity in partner countries

Updated 14 August 2019

1. Overview

The Newton Fund builds outstanding research and innovation partnerships with select countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. It supports economic development and social welfare, tackles global challenges and develops talent and careers.

The fund was launched in 2014 and has a total budget of £735 million. UK investment is matched by investment and resources from partner countries.

It forms part of the UK’s official development assistance, and is managed by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). It is delivered by UK and international partners.

Visit the Newton Fund and Global Challenges Research Fund website for more information.

2. Activities

The fund covers 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 work with under the fund are:

4. Bidding for research funding

For open funding opportunities, visit the Newton Fund website or follow the Newton Fund Twitter account.

5. Who administers the fund

In the UK there is a governance board chaired by the Minister for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) administers the fund.

6. Delivery partners

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

7. Resources

For more information, resources, case studies and transparency information visit the Newton Fund and Global Challenges Research Fund website](www.newton-gcrf.org).

8. Further information

9. Evaluations of the Newton Fund

These reports are all available from the Newton Fund site