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, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and delivered through 15 UK delivery partners in collaboration with 16 partner countries. 

The Newton Fund was launched in 2014 and originally consisted of £75 million each year for 5 years. In the 2015 UK Spending Review it was agreed to extend and expand the Fund. The Newton Fund was extended from 2019 to 2021 and expanded by doubling the £75 million investment to £150 million by 2021, leading to a £735 million UK investment to 2021, with partner countries providing matched resources within the Fund. The funding covers activities in three broad categories:

  • People: increasing capacity for science and innovation in partner countries.
  • Research: research collaborations on development topics.
  • Translation: creating collaborative solutions to development challenges and strengthening innovation systems.

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British Council / Universities UK International  programmes

We are working with the Universities UK International (UUKi) and national co-funders to run programmes in the six areas outlined:

  • Researcher Links (under an overarching Researcher Mobility programme run alongside the Academies)
    Workshops and travel grants for research visits, with a focus on early career researchers.
  • Institutional Links
    Grants for establishing links between higher education, research institutions and businesses with the aim of translating research to drive economic development and social welfare in partner countries.
  • PhD programme
    Facilitating the capacity building of individuals, and the building of sustainable, long-lasting links between UK and overseas institutions, through PhD scholarships, placements, and partnerships.
  • Professional development and engagement
    Building the skills of researchers in areas such as communication and research management, as well as supporting good research governance, community and policymaker engagement.
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education
    Supporting STEM education through a variety of mechanisms such as the development of teaching resources or piloting new initiatives.
  • Technical training and employability
    Workforce planning and development for technical and vocational training in the research and innovation sector.

Which countries can apply?

Please note that not all of the countries below will be included in each call.

Programmes will be tailored to meet national partners’ needs. Not all programmes will be run in all Newton Fund countries.

All opportunities will be published on this site and more information on specific programmes will be available shortly. 

Insights from a Newton Fund panel reviewer

Current Newton Fund opportunities