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Newton Fund: New Calls Announced – Deadline August 2019

The Newton Fund has announced a range of calls with deadlines in early August. Full details and access to call documents can be found via the Newton Fund website here.

The current range of calls include:

  • Newton Fund Institutional Links (Brazil, Colombia, Egypt, Indonesia, Mexico, Philippines, Thailand, Turkey) – to start and grow collaborations between departments and groups in the UK and partner countries, support exchange of expertise and fund research projects.
  • Newton Fund Researcher Links Workshops (Brazil, China, Jordan, Philippines) – to support coordination of workshops between UK and partner countries.
  • Newton Fund Researcher Links Travel Grants (South Africa and wider Africa) – to support early career researchers (within 10 years of PhD) in partner countries to travel to the UK.
  • Newton Fund Research Environment Links (Turkey, Vietnam) – supporting exchange of best practice and training in areas designed to build capacity in partner countries.

If you are interested in applying to any of these calls, please contact your Research Development Manager.

About the Newton Fund

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 low and middle income 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).

 


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Newton Fund launches in Peru

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Peru has recently become a Newton partner country with the launch of the Newton-Paulet Fund.

This government-level partnership will allow researchers from both countries to work together to promote science and innovation that contributes to economic development, improves the quality of life in Peru and strengthens ties to face future global challenges.

The Newton-Paulet Fund is named in honour of the renowned Peruvian scientist Pedro Paulet. The Fund will focus on research, innovation and capacity building in three priority areas:

  • Health, specifically malnutrition and anaemia
  • Clean water, including the impact of glacier retreat
  • Biodiversity and the unique geography of Peru.

Calls for proposals will be soon launched and promoted by Concytec via its Cienciactiva research funding initiative.

For more information, please visit the Newton Fund.


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International Research: Newton Fund

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A number of opportunities are currently available via the British Council as part of the Newton Fund. These are initiatives which can support you in developing and expanding links internationally. Full details are available on the Newton Fund website. Amongst the opportunities are the latest announcements for Institutional Links and Researcher Links, which can help you to develop links with specific countries:

Opportunity Country UK Funder Deadline
Newton Fund Institutional Links Grants  Egypt, Turkey, Thailand

 

British Council 19 Sept 2017

 

Newton Fund Researcher Links Workshops China, Philippines

 

British Council 19 Sept 2017

 

Newton Fund Researcher Links Travel Grants

 

Indonesia, Philippines, South Africa British Council 19 Sept 2017

 

If you’re interested in applying for these or any other opportunities then please do get in touch with the Research Development Team (researchapplications@mmu.ac.uk).

Context

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).

 


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AHRC Workshop: Development through the Creative Economy in China

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The AHRC is pleased to announce a call for researchers to attend a workshop on ‘Development through the Creative Economy in China’. The event will bring together academic experts from both countries to explore the potential of the creative and cultural industries in China as drivers for growth and innovation.

The Creative Economy is of growing importance to both the UK and China and has the potential to have a transformative effect on major global challenges. The workshop seeks to provide a catalyst for joint UK/China research into the Creative Economy, focussing on three key areas of Design, Heritage, and the Creative and Performing Arts.

The workshop will take place in Shanghai, China, on the 24-26 October 2017 and will be funded through the Newton Fund – a programme that aims to develop research and innovation partnerships that promote the economic development and welfare of partnering countries.

Expressions of interest to participate in the workshop are invited from UK-based researchers within the arts and humanities.

Deadline for submission: 31st August.

For more information and to apply, please visit the AHRC.


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International Research: Newton Fund Update

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A number of new opportunities have been launched by the British Council as part of the Newton Fund. These are initiatives which can support you in developing and expanding links internationally. Full details are available on the Newton Fund website, but the key opportunities are as follow:

Opportunity Country UK Funder Deadline
Newton Fund Institutional Links Grants  Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Philippines, Thailand

 

British Council 13 June 2017

 

Research Links Newton Fund Workshops Brazil, India, Kenya, Malaysia, South Africa, Vietnam

 

British Council 13 June 2017

 

Newton Fund Research Links Travel Grants

 

Thailand British Council 13 June 2017

 

If you’re interested in applying for any of these opportunities then please do get in touch with the Research Development Team (researchapplications@mmu.ac.uk).

Context

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).


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International Research: Newton Fund Update

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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:

Opportunity Country UK Funder Deadline 
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 (researchapplications@mmu.ac.uk).


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Newton Fund – New Calls

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The Newton Fund have released the following new funding opportunities for researchers:

Newton Mobility Grants

These provide support for international researchers based in South Africa, Turkey and Vietnam to establish and develop collaboration with UK researchers around a specific jointly defined research project. These grants are particularly suited to initiate new collaborative partnerships, between scholars who have not previously worked together, or new initiatives between scholars who have collaborated in the past. The Newton mobility grants from the British Academy cover researchers working in all disciplines within the social sciences and humanities.

Deadline for applications: 14 Sep 16

UK-China PhD Placement Programme

This programme enables UK and Chinese PhD students and their supervisors to spend 3-12 months in Chinese and UK higher education institutions. Applications are welcome in the following fields: health and life sciences; environmental technologies; food and water security; energy; urbanisation; education and creative economy for economic development and social welfare.

Deadline for applications: 20 Sep 16

Fellowships for young Post-Doctoral Researchers

This scheme grants fellowships for international highly qualified PhD students and young post-doctoral researchers to pursue their research in Turkey in the fields of Natural Sciences, Engineering and Technological Sciences, Medical Sciences, Agricultural Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities. Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate the potential to contribute significantly to Turkey’s goal of international cooperation in scientific and technological development.

Deadline for applications: 7 Oct 16

Fellowships, Research Mobility, and Young Investigator Awards for UK researchers in Brazil

These awards offer an opportunity for the UK researcher to develop the strengths and capabilities of their research groups through training, collaboration and reciprocal visits with a partner in some of the best research groups in the Brazil.UK researchers from the natural sciences, engineering, medical sciences (including clinical or patient-oriented research), social sciences and humanities fields, are eligible to apply for support.

Deadline for applications: 24 Oct 16

CHINA – Sustainable Deltas

This joint activity focuses on research challenges for sustainable and safe deltas within the broader framework of the water sector. A number of thematic areas have been identified, including water availability, water system analysis, salinisation and desiccation, water governance, and new solutions for passenger and freight transportation in deltas and coastal waters.

Deadline for applications: 25 Oct 16