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How the Newton Fund works

The Fund is being delivered by 15 UK delivery partners in collaboration with funders in 18 partnering countries. They develop and run calls, allocate and manage the money they receive as part of the Newton Fund. 

 

1. ABOUT THE UK-SOUTH AFRICA NEWTON FUND

The UK-South Africa Newton Fund is a partnership administered by the South Africa’s Department for Science and Technology and the UK’s Department of Business, Innovation and Skills. Based around a matched funding model, the UK-South Africa Newton Fund has already seen a co-investment of £30million since its launch in 2014.

The Fund’s activities are managed by a core group of South African and UK Delivery Partners who develop and run calls, allocate and manage the money they receive as part of the Fund. The South African Delivery Partners are:

Priority Areas

The UK-South Africa Newton Fund has agreed a number of priority areas for funding. These are:

  • Higher Education
  • Health
  • Environment / Climate Variability and Change
  • Blue Economy / Oceans
  • Urbanisation
  • Food Security (water-energy-food)
  • Astronomy for Development

Cross-cutting Themes:

  • Human Capital Development
  • Innovation
  • Regionalisation
  • Big Data

All opportunities for organisations, institutions and individuals interested in applying are listed on our funding page

About the South Africa Newton Team

If you are interested in developing a funding relationship through the UK-South Africa Newton Fund team please email: Newton.SouthAfrica@fco.gov.uk 

More information on the UK-South Africa science and innovation relationship can be found here.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

All current funding opportunities can be found here.

 

CURRENT ACTIVITIES

The UK-SA programme focuses on research calls, fellowships, research chairs, mobility schemes, joint research programmes, and activities focussing on our priority areas, with the ultimate aim of encouraging research and innovation that boosts jobs and growth.
The programme covers three broad categories of activity:
•    People: Improving science and innovation expertise (known as capacity building’) through student and research fellowships, mobility schemes and joint centres
•    Research: research collaborations on development topics
•    Translation: Innovation partnerships and challenge funds to develop innovative solutions on development topics

News and Success Stories
-    Newton Fund supports second Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Big Data Careers day in South Africa
-     South Africa and UK Establish Research Chairs to Strengthen Research and Innovation
-    UK Met Office and South Africa Weather Service strategic collaboration Climate Science for Service Partnership (WCSSP) South Africa
-    Newton Fund supports new marine and maritime partnership between UK and South Africa

 

 

PEOPLE     


•    Newton Mobility Grants  
International exchanges through mobility grants to provide international researchers with funding towards travel, subsistence and research. These are particularly suited to initiate new collaborative partnerships between South Africa and the UK to help strengthen research and innovation capacity. 

Following this award, a participant may subsequently decide to apply for other Newton Fund programmes. In South Africa, mobility grants are provided through South Africa’s National Research Foundation, the UK’s Royal Society, British Academy and the Royal Academy of Engineering. Keep an eye on our funding opportunities webpage for details of future mobility grant calls.

•    Newton International Fellowships   
The Fellowships are provided via South Africa’s National Research Foundation, UK’s British Academy, Royal Society and The Academy of Medical Sciences. Keep an eye on our funding opportunities webpage for further fellowship calls. 
The fellowship programme comprises three types of fellowship:

  • Newton Advanced Fellowships – support for early to mid career South African researchers (up to 15 years’ post-doctoral experience) to advance research strengths and capabilities and those of their group or network. The fellowships are for three years providing funding for a salary top-up, research support, travel and subsistence, and training. 
  • Newton International Fellowships – support for promising early career postdoctoral South African researchers (up to 7 years’ postdoctoral experience) to develop research capabilities. The fellowships are for two consecutive years providing funding for travel, subsistence and research. 
  • DST-NRF Fellowships – reciprocal SA programme for early career postdoctoral researchers (up to 7 years postdoctoral experience) at South African public research institutions to enhance and strengthen collaboration and build capacity. Fellowships are for up to 6 months. 

•    Researcher Links (Workshop Grants) 
Travel grants and workshop funding to support early career and established researchers in forming international research connections. The aim is to establish initial links between the SA and UK and to support capacity building of ‘rising star’ early career researchers. This activity is being delivered by South Africa’s National Research Foundation and Department for Higher Education and Training, the British Council and the Royal Society of Chemistry... Keep an eye on our funding opportunities webpage for further Researcher Links calls.

•    Bilateral Research Chairs 
The South Africa – United Kingdom Bilateral Research Chairs Initiative is a multi-year partnership which forms part of the broader South Africa Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI), - a strategic response from SA’s government to address the challenge of developing and ensuring the availability and supply of highly skilled researchers and scientists. Three research chairs have been nominated in food security, oceans economy and political theory. This activity is being delivered through South Africa’s National Research Foundation, the British Council and the British Academy.  

•    Radio Astronomy for Development in Africa 
A research programme centred on the African Very Long Baseline Interferometry Network (AVN) uses the UK and SA’s radio astronomy expertise in Radio Astronomy to aid in human capital development in STEM related subjects. Computers  have been distributed across the AVN partner countries – Kenya, Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, and Zambia – for the creation of radio astronomy laboratories. This activity is being delivered by South Africa’s National Research Foundation, Square Kilometre Array, Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory and the UK’s Science and Technology Facilities Council. 

•    International PhD Partnering Programme
PhD partnerships and placements to facilitate the capacity building of individuals and the building of sustainable long-lasting links between South Africa and the UK. This activity is being led by South Africa’s National Research Foundation and Research Councils UK. This call is closed with no current plans for a future call. 

•    Laser Techniques for Disease Diagnosis and Water Treatment 
Running from 2015 – 2020, this collaboration between the Laser Research Institute at the University of Stellenbosch and the UK’s Science & technology Facilities Council involves a number of international exchanges and visits to enhance collaboration plus funding for a PhD on the topic. This call is closed with no current plans for a future call 

 


RESEARCH ​

•    Social Science for Development Research 
An extensive programme of social science research and networking activities delivered by the UK Economic and Social Research Council, South Africa’s National Research Foundation and supported by the Human Sciences Research Council. Activities so far include international centre partnerships, research calls on urban transformations and higher education plus collaboration on enhancing social surveys.  Keep an eye on our funding opportunities webpage for details of future research calls.

•    Research for improved prevention, detection and control of TB 
A joint programme between SA MRC and UK MRC on research funding to provide evidence for improved strategies for prevention, detection and control of tuberculosis. This call is closed with research projects underway. 

•    Non- Communicable Diseases Research 
A joint programme between SAMRC, UKMRC and GlaxoSmithKline to fund research partnerships on non-communicable diseases, such as diabetes, hypertension and cancer. Africa is experiencing a new set of healthcare challenges in this area and this research calls looks to address current gaps in knowledge. This call is closed with research projects commencing shortly. 

 

TRANSLATION
•    Weather and Climate Science Partnership 
A partnership between the UK’s Met Office and South African Weather Services to build existing links and build capacity to combat the challenges of extreme weather and risks from a changing climate. 

•    Leaders in Innovation Fellowship Programme 
A programme to build the capacity of researchers to commercialise their innovations. Successful applicants are invited to the UK to undertake an intensive programme of training, networking and mentorship followed by a placement within a research intensive-institution or high-tech small and medium enterprises.  This is being delivered by South Africa’s Technology Innovation Agency and the UK Royal Academy of Engineers. A further call is expected to open in late 2016.

•    Institutional Links Programme
A partnership between South Africa’s Technology Innovation Agency and the British Council to support the development of institutional links between research based innovation leaders in South Africa and the UK through seed funding.