Institutional Links

Institutional Links provides grants for the development of research and innovation collaborations between the UK and partner countries.

The grants are intended to provide small-scale seed funding to:

  • start and develop collaborations between academic groups, departments and institutions in partner countries and the UK
  • support the exchange of expertise and research knowledge
  • establish local hubs for UK-partner country activities.

The programme is running under the Newton Fund (referred to as Newton Institutional Links), which is part of the UK’s official development assistance programme, and also outside of the Newton Fund.

Under the Newton Fund, Institutional Links grants facilitate research which tackles local development needs and challenges such as extreme weather conditions, access to affordable health care, food and energy security.


Grants can be between £30,000 to £300,000 over two years and cover costs including:

  • research-related costs
  • the exchange of researchers, students and industry staff (including SMEs and not-for-profit organisations)
  • costs of organising meetings, seminars, training
  • other activities to establish and strengthen collaborative links

Relevance of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences in THE Newton Fund

Newton Fund grants are intended to support areas relevant to the economic development and welfare of partner countries. For the purpose of the Newton Institutional Links Programme, we define research and innovation with development relevance as activities that have the potential to contribute to the economic development and social welfare of Newton Fund countries, benefitting poor and vulnerable populations in these countries and beyond. Multidisciplinary proposals and proposals in Arts and Humanities and Social Science disciplines are welcome (depending on country-specific priorities in each call). Brief examples of research in the Arts and Humanities which may have development relevance may be found here.


All calls will be listed on this page along with all opportunities from British Council Science and Research.

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