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. Eligible prize countries for the Newton Prize 2019 are China, Indonesia and the Philippines. 

Newton Prize 2019

The shortlist for the Newton Prize 2019 has been announced, featuring 20 research projects tackling pressing health and development issues such as malaria, antimicrobial resistance and climate change. Five projects on the shortlist were delivered by the British Council and local partners in the UK and China, Indonesia, and the Philippines.  

Read the Newton Prize 2019 press release

Newton Prize 2018

Newton Prize winner in Colombia

A Researcher Links travel grant project on turning environmentally damaging coffee waste into electricity has been awarded the Newton Prize in Colombia. The project is a collaboration between Lina María Agudelo-Escobar, Associate Professor, University of Antioquia and Dr Claudio Avignone-Rossa, University of Surrey. Find out more on the Newton Prize website.  

Newton Prize winner in Brazil

A Newton Institutional Skills project, delivered by the British Council, won the Newton Prize in Brazil. The project focuses on improving the lives of the Guarani people by saving the Atlantic Forest. It is a collaboration between Marc Brightman, Co-Director at the Centre for the Anthropology of Sustainability, University College London and Daniel Calazans Pierri, General Coordination Member for the Indigenous Work Centre in Brazil. Find out more on the Newton Prize website.  

In 2017, projects delivered by the British Council won four out of six prizes in the prize countries Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam.