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Newton Fund

The Newton Fund aims to promote the economic development and social welfare of either the partner countries or, through working with the partner country, to address the wellbeing of communities. It will do so through strengthening partner country science and innovation capacity and unlocking further funding to support this work. It is part of the UK’s Official Development Assistance (PDF, 100KB) (ODA).

The Newton Fund was launched in 2014 and originally consisted of £75 million each year for five years. In the 2015 UK Spending Review it was agreed to extend and expand the fund. The Newton Fund was extended from 2019 to 2021 and expanded by doubling the £75 million investment to £150 million by 2021, leading to a £735 million UK investment to 2021, with partner countries providing matched resources within the Fund.

The Newton Fund covers three broad activities:

  • People: increasing capacity in science and innovation, individually and institutionally in partner countries.
  • Research: research collaborations on development topics.
  • Translation: creating collaborative solutions to development challenges and strengthening innovation systems.

Activities must be developed with at least one of the partnering countries. These countries are all on the OECD DAC (the Development Assistant Committee of the OECD) list of ODA eligible recipients. The Newton Fund activities offered in each country are chosen and developed in collaboration with local government and funders. This ensures the programmes offered meet local development priorities.

The fund is being delivered through 7 UK delivery partners. They develop and run calls, and allocate and manage the money they receive as part of the Newton Fund: Academy of Medical Sciences, British Academy, British Council, Met Office, Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng), Royal Society, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

For more information on the Newton Fund, please see the Government’s Newton Fund website where you will find details of the fund, UK delivery partners, overseas partner and associated activities.

UKRI funded awards under the Newton Fund are working to have impacts in our partner countries and other DAC list countries, see some examples of our success stories here.

You can also view information on previous research councils’ calls.