Newton Fund: building science and innovation capacity in developing countries
The Newton Fund is part of the UK’s official development assistance. Its aim is to develop science and innovation partnerships that promote the economic development and welfare of developing countries.
The fund is £75 million each year from 2014 for 5 years. We expect that the UK funding will lead to extra funding from:
- partner countries
- private foundations
- multi-lateral organisations
- corporate partners
The fund will cover 3 broad categories of activity:
- people: improving science and innovation expertise (known as ‘capacity building’), student and researcher fellowships, mobility schemes and joint centres
- programmes: research collaborations on development topics
- translation: innovation partnerships and challenge funds to develop innovative solutions on development topics
Calls are likely to be opened at different times according to the country and the programme area.