Policy paper

Newton Fund: building science and innovation capacity in developing countries

Updated 27 April 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:

  • Brazil

  • Chile: Newton-Picarte Fund

  • China: Newton UK-China Research and Innovation Partnership Fund

  • Colombia: Newton-Caldas Fund

  • Egypt: Newton-Mosharafa Fund

  • India: Newton-Bhabha Fund

  • Indonesia

  • Kazakhstan: Newton-Al Farabi Partnership Programme

  • Malaysia

  • Mexico

  • Philippines

  • South Africa and wider Africa

  • Thailand

  • Turkey: Newton - Katip Çelebi Fund

  • Vietnam - Newton Fund Viet Nam

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
Newton Katip Çelebi PhD scholarships Turkey British Council 20 April 2015 22 May 2015
Institutional Skills Development Call Chile British council 7 April 2015 8 May 2015
UK-Philippines: Joint Health Research Call Philippines MRC 23 April 2015 16 July 2015
ESRC-NSFC call for Collaborative Research Urban Transformations in China China ESRC 24 March 2015 28 May 2015
ESRC/NRF International Centre Partnerships South Africa ESRC 19 March 2015 29 April 2015
Grants for UK-Chile two-stage Applied Science and Technology Transfer projects Chile British council 19 March 2015 30 April 2015
Call for UK institutions to partner with Research Centres in Chile in new technology and innovation call Chile British council 18 March 2015 1 June 2015
UK-Thailand - Joint Health Research Call Thailand MRC 9 March 2015 2 June 2015
Wellcome Trust-MRC Newton Fund Collaboration SE Asia Wellcome Trust, MRC 9 March 2015 20 May 2015
Climate Science for Service Partnerships: research opportunities China MET office 2 March 2015 1 May 2015
Increasing Resilience to Natural Hazards In Earthquake-Prone regions in China, Announcement of Opportunity: Research funding China NERC 22 April 2015 9 June 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