Newton Fund

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Our primary objective is to reduce poverty by generating and putting into use knowledge and technology to address development challenges and advance development for the poorest people and countries. We will seek to maximise the practical impact of research and innovation to improve the lives and opportunities of the global poor. In achieving this we will grow the research and innovation capacity of developing countries, as well as contributing to the continued strength of the UK’s research and innovation system, and support our wider prosperity and global influence.

The Fund was launched in 2014 and originally consisted of £75 million each year for 5 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.

The Fund is being delivered through 7 UK delivery partners (UKRI comprising the research councils and Innovate UK as of 2018) and 87 in-country funding partners. They develop and run calls, and allocate and manage the money they receive as part of the Newton Fund. More informational about in-country delivery partners can be found through our About Partnering Country pages. Individually the UK delivery partners are:

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 countries are:

  • Brazil 
  • Chile
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Egypt
  • India 
  • Indonesia
  • Jordan
  • Kenya
  • Malaysia
  • Mexico
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • South Africa
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • Vietnam

Any activity that a delivery partner supports through the Newton Fund must demonstrate the following:

  • Eligibility for official development assistance (ODA)  
  • That they utilise an open and transparent process 
  • That the project addresses a strong need and has a clear benefit in-country 
  • That the activity would not take place without the Newton Fund 
  • Matched funding and/or matched effort from the partnering country 
  • ​Scientific excellence and value for money

For a full list of current funding opportunities visit the funding opportunities section.

Newton Fund Branding

Guidance on using the Newton Fund logo and branding is available on our Branding and Identity Guidance page.