As readers of the Blog will be aware, UK research funding is taking on a much more international flavour, with a number of new opportunities aligned to research which will have demonstrable benefits to countries receiving official development assistance (Ed – for those of you interested, there is a list of ODA recipient countries via the OECD website here).
The Newton Fund is a key initiative in which UK funding bodies including the UK research councils, Innovate UK, British Council and academies and learned societies have partnered with funding agencies in target countries to support science and innovation partnerships. In some cases these are thematic, addressing a specific challenge area and in others they are more general capacity building activities. In all cases, the key driver is responding to the needs of the partner country and activities need to be ODA compliant (Ed – there are some helpful pointers on the Newton Fund website here, and colleagues in the Research Development Team can help you to think about whether your project ideas fit requirements).
All opportunities are published on the Newton Fund website’s funding pages, but for ease we’ve listed a selection of forthcoming deadlines below:
|Joint UK-China Offshore Renewables Energy (ORE)||China||EPSRC/NERC||2 Mar 2017|
|Energy Demand Reduction in the Built Environment||India||ESRC/EPSRC||15 Mar 2017|
|Newton Mobility Grants||Malaysia, Mexico, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey||Royal Society||15 Mar 2017|
|Newton Advanced Fellowships||China, Malaysia, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey||Royal Society||23 Mar 2017|
|Fellowships for UK Researchers||Turkey||British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering, Royal Society||31 Mar 2017|
|Urban innovation in Brazil||Brazil||Innovate UK||3 May 2017|
If you’re interested in applying for any of these opportunities then please do get in touch with the Research Development Team (firstname.lastname@example.org).