The Newton-Katip Celebi Fund: Turkey
The Fund aims to create the opportunity to build strong partnerships between UK and Turkish scientists, researchers and institutions.
About Newton-Katip Celebi Fund
The Newton Fund is a five year, £375 million programme launched in 2014. It forms part of the UK’s Official Development Assistance (ODA). Turkey is one of 15 partner countries under the Fund. The Fund aims to develop science and innovation capacity in beneficiary countries and contribute to their economic development. By collaborating on bi-lateral and multi-lateral programmes with a research and innovation focus, the intention is to build strong, sustainable, systemic relationships between the UK and Turkey.
The Fund creates the opportunity to build strong partnerships between UK and Turkish scientists, researchers and institutions. Areas of focus under the Fund in Turkey are likely to include agricultural technology, disaster management, life sciences and energy efficiency. The UK and Turkey have each committed to allocate up to £4million per year for the duration of the Fund - £40 million in total.
In each Newton Fund partner country, a prominent scholar has been chosen to jointly name the Fund. In Turkey the official name of the Fund is Newton-Katip Celebi Fund. Katip Celebi was a renowned Ottoman scholar who specialised in history and geography.
|UK||Turkey||Identified themes for Turkey|
|Academies (Academy of Medical Sciences, British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering, Royal Society), British Council, HE International Unit, Innovate UK (TSB), Research Councils UK, Met Office||The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK)||Agriculture and global food security, energy and climate change, lifelong health and wellbeing, disaster and emergency management|
The fund will cover three broad categories of activity:
Improving science and innovation expertise (known as ‘capacity building’), student and researcher fellowships, mobility schemes and joint centres
Research collaborations on development topics
Innovation partnerships and challenge funds to develop innovative solutions on development topics
Structure of the Fund / How It Works
Implementing organisations in the UK agree individual cooperation programmes with their Turkish counterpart, under the Newton Katip-Celebi Fund framework. The Newton Katip-Celebi Fund is overseen by a joint UK-Turkey Steering Committee whose members include implementing partners, TUBITAK and the Department of Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS). The UK and Turkish partners launch calls jointly or separately, depending on the individual programme. While some of the calls will focus on fellowships for mobility between Turkey and the UK, others will cover research cooperation between universities and research institutions. There will also be calls for private sector collaboration.
The open calls can be monitored from the official website of the Newton Fund, from the web sites of the different UK Delivery Partners, HE International Unit, British Council, Royal Society, British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering, RCUK, and from the TUBITAK web site.
İlter Haliloğlu, Newton Fund Project Manager
Phone +90 312 455 33 47
Fax +90 312 455 33 56