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Newton Fund

Hands on a globe The Newton Fund is an initiative intended to strengthen research and innovation partnerships between the UK and emerging knowledge economies. It was launched by the Chancellor in April 2014, and will deliver £375 million of funding over the course of five years.

The Fund forms part of the UK’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment which is monitored by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). ODA funded activity focuses on outcomes that promote the long-term sustainable growth of countries on the OECD Development Assistance Committee list. Newton Fund countries represent a sub-set of this list.

Research Councils UK is one of several UK delivery partners for the Newton Fund and will be working strategically with partner countries to develop a series of research activities to address challenges defined by the overarching ambitions of the Fund. Commitment to the partnership will be further demonstrated by matched resource from partner countries, bringing substantial added value. Additional leverage may be achieved through private foundations, multi-lateral organisations or corporate partners.

For more information on the Newton Fund, please see the Government’s Newton Fund website where you will find details of the fund, UK delivery partners, overseas partner and associated activities.

Overview information about the Research Councils’ activities under the Newton Fund will be listed on this page and links to calls will be provided.

List of RCUK calls under the Newton Fund

Call name  Newton Fund country partner  Lead Council  Call open  Call close 
Wallacea region – Understanding biodiversity & evolutionary responses to environmental change Indonesia NERC 14 December 2017 9 January 2018
Newton RCUK-Colciencias Research Partnerships Call 2017 Colombia RCUK 28 September 2017 30 November 2017
Newton RCUK-CONICYT Broadening Impact Call  (Intention to submit) Chile RCUK 14 July 2017 18 August 2017

Information on previous calls is available.

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