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. This year, eligible prize countries are Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Mexico. 

Newton Prize winner in Colombia

A Researcher Links travel grant project on turning environmentally damaging coffee waste into electricity has been awareded 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 this year. 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.  

The Newton Prize 2018

Six projects delivered by the British Council have been shortlisted for Newton prizes in Brazil and Colombia. Four prizes of up to £200,000 each will be awarded to the winners. There will also be an additional prize (the Chair’s Award) of £200,000 for a project with the potential for broader impact with other developing countries. 

Find out more about all 22 shortlisted projects on this website.

The winning projects will be announced at award ceremonies held in each of the partner countries:

  • Chile and Brazil: 13 November 2018  
  • Colombia: 15 November 2018
  • Mexico:  22 November 2018 

Events will be followed by a UK reception on 3 December hosted by Sam Gyimah MP, the Minister for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation to celebrate international and science innovation collaborations.

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