Female scientists working alongside women on an archaeological site in Egypt.
Ten British Council-delivered Newton Fund projects feature in the Newton Prize 2020 shortlist, including four projects from Egypt, and two from Kenya, South Africa and Turkey respectively. The image features fieldwork from a shortlisted project in Egypt under the Newton-Mosharafa Fund. ©

Dr Joanne Rowland

18 August 2020

Ten British Council-delivered research and innovation projects have been shortlisted for the Newton Prize 2020 in recognition of their high quality research and impact.

The Newton Prize is an annual £1 million fund awarded for the best research or innovation that promotes the economic development and social welfare of Newton Fund partner countries.

The Newton Prize celebrates outstanding international research partnerships that play an important role in addressing challenges in developing countries and around the world, such as the problem of producing clean energy, HIV prevention, the protection of historical sites, how to tackle water pollution, as well as the current Covid-19 pandemic.

British Council-delivered Newton Fund projects in Egypt, Kenya, South Africa and Turkey have been shortlisted for their respective country prize categories, and are now in the running to receive a prize of up to £200,000. The shortlisted projects tackle a range of urgent global challenges including food security, water and environmental management, housing and maternal care.

An additional Chair’s Prize, worth up to £500,000, will be made to a project that can demonstrate impact in three specific United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals: Good Health and Wellbeing, Gender Equality, or Sustainable Cities and Communities. The winners will be announced at a virtual awards event in November 2020. 

Jen Bardsley, Global Head of Science at the British Council said: ‘On behalf of our global network, I am delighted that ten British Council-delivered projects feature in this year’s Newton Prize shortlist. We are proud to help facilitate and support this important research and innovation work that is making real impact and a difference to the lives of those in Newton Fund partner countries and in the UK.’ 

To view the shortlist and for further information, please see the official Newton Prize 2020 press release.

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