Tackling global challenges – such as extreme weather conditions, urbanisation, access to affordable health care, food and energy security, and meeting the social and economic needs of a growing population – requires an integrated research and innovation approach, bringing together communities from different disciplines, sectors, and countries in high-quality collaborations.

The Newton Fund promotes the economic development and welfare in partnering countries, through science and innovation partnerships. It aims to strengthen science and innovation capacity and unlock further funding to support poverty alleviation. It is managed by UK’s Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, and delivered through 15 UK delivery partners, including the British Council, in collaboration with 16 partner countries.

Who could benefit from these calls?

Researcher Links – Funding for Researcher links workshops in China, Malaysia, Mexico and Thailand. Aims to: Support international development-relevant research; Contribute to capacity building of early career researchers; Establish new research links or significantly develop existing links, with the potential for longer term sustainability. See also: https://www.britishcouncil.org/education/science/researcher-links.

Institutional Links – Small-scale seed funding for Institutional links in Brazil, Colombia, Egypt, Mexico, Thailand, and Vietnam. Aims to: establish links beyond the level of the individual researcher and innovation practitioner, opening up opportunities for sustainable, solution-oriented research and innovation collaborations between academic groups as well as with the private and third sector. See also: https://www.britishcouncil.org/education/science/current-opportunities/newton-institutional-links-july-2016.

Dr Paul Birkett
Senior Policy & Practice Advisor (Quality Assurance)

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