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.
|Call name||Newton Fund country partner||Lead Council||Call open||Call close|
|UK – Indonesia – Malaysia – Philippines – Thailand Small Scale Research Call for Proposals 2016||South-East Asia||RCUK||25 May||2 August|
|Indonesia||RCUK||3 May||22 May|
|ESRC/NRF Call for Collaborative Research - Higher Education in Africa||South Africa||ESRC||2 March||3 May|
|China||RCUK||16 November||30 March|
|Joint Network on Sustainable Cities and Urbanisation in India||India||RCUK||17 December 2015||11 February|
|India||RCUK||23 November||27 January|
|Earth observation, modelling and autonomous systems for agri-tech in China||China||STFC||13 November||17 December|
|Atmospheric Pollution and Human Health in an Indian Megacity Initial Proposals||India||NERC||21 September||10 December|
|RCUK-CONACYT Research Partnerships Call||Mexico||RCUK||15 September||24 November|
Information on previous calls is available.