Capacity building grants to support the research environment in Turkey and Vietnam through collaborations between UK and Turkish institutions, and between UK and Vietnamese institutions.

The Newton Fund aims to build UK-partner country collaborations centred on shared research and innovation challenges which have direct relevance to Newton partner countries’ social welfare and economic development. The Professional Development and Engagement Programme (PDE) supports the research environment and enables optimal impact from research, shaped by the demands and development priorities of the partner country.

Under PDE, The Research Environment Links (REL) programmes in Turkey and Vietnam aim to support the research and academic environment through international collaboration; training programmes; the exchange of knowledge and best practice and the development and implementation of pilot activities to promote capacity building collaboration shaped by the demands and priorities of Turkey, Vietnam and the UK.

Research Environment Links – Turkey and Vietnam

REL grants are designed to provide financial support for capacity building activities proposed by applicant institutions in Turkey or Vietnam working with partner organisations in the UK.  The proposed activities are designed by the Lead Applicant in Turkey or Vietnam with the support of a UK partner organisation.

REL can be funded in any discipline or cross-discipline and there are no limits in terms of the type of activities that can be delivered, as long as these respond to country needs. Please see the guidelines for applicants document in the downloads section for further details.

Size of grant
Turkey: up to £40,000
Vietnam: up to £150,000

Duration of grant
Up to 12 months

ODA requirement
All applications must meet the required relevance to economic development or social welfare (see guidelines for further information).

Eligibility criteria

  • Each proposal must have one Lead Applicant from either Turkey or Vietnam and one Lead Applicant from the UK.
  • All Principal Applicants must be Leading Researchers or Established Researchers as defined by the European Commission here.
  • Other eligibility criteria apply. Please refer to the guidelines document available from the downloads section below for full eligibility criteria.


This call is now closed.

Information for applicants 

If you have submitted an application, you will receive further communication regarding the eligibility outcome of your application by the end of August 2019. 

Please expect to receive an email from - please check your spam/junk folder and add this email address to your safe senders list for future email communications. 

If you have not received an email by early September, please email quoting your application ID reference number.

Enquiries may be sent to  

Interested parties wishing to enquire about potential UK collaborators should contact Universities UK International via the partner request form.