Mat Wright

The Newton Fund Impact Scheme (NFIS) is delivered by the British Council in partnership with UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) on behalf of all Newton Fund delivery partners.

NFIS provides funding for current and previously funded Newton Fund grantees with the aim of maximising impact from Newton Fund activities. 

The collaboration between UK and partner countries can build upon the original partnership or form a new partnership.

Grants will not be provided to support the continuation of existing activities. Applicants should make a strong case to demonstrate that proposals consist of new activities focusing primarily on impact realisation.

The grants will provide funding targeting the following key areas:

  • Initiating or increasing policy impacts or user engagement: This may involve translating existing research or research outcomes into policy impacts, increasing engagement with users, measures to overcome identified barriers to impact or extending engagement into new user communities.
  • Initiating or increasing engagement with impact multipliers (e.g. businesses, start-ups, NGOs or charities): This may involve moving research outcomes further along the translation pipeline or extending the outcomes into the commercial sector.

Eligible partner countries for the 2019 call for applicants 



Grants can be up to a maximum of £200,000 for up to two years, dependent on the country.

Further details are included in the Guidelines for Applicants (available in the Downloads section).

Eligibility criteria

Please check section 4 in the guidelines for applicants.  

Please also watch this webinar on Gender Equality and International Development Research and Innovation on the UKRI website.

How to apply

Please first read the Guidelines for Applicants (available in the Downloads section). 

Please note: Guidelines for Applicants V.02 has been published (14 August 2019). This version includes updated information on new funding opportunities and eligibility criteria.

When you are ready to apply, click here to access the online application form.

A copy of the application form is available in the downloads section below. Please note that this is for reference only and that all submissions must be received via the online form.


Applications for Brazil, Kenya and Malaysia: 13 September 2019, 16:00 UK time

Applications for Mexico only: 27 September 2019, 16:00 UK time

Any applications received beyond the application deadlines as specified above will be deemed ineligible. 


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