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 well being 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 (ODA).
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:
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:
Any activity that a delivery partner supports through the Newton Fund must demonstrate the following:
For a full list of current funding opportunities visit the funding opportunities section.
Guidance on using the Newton Fund logo and branding is available on our Branding and Identity Guidance page.