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UK Chancellor confirms £28 million commitment to UK-South Africa Newton Fund to address development challenges

8th December 2016

Additional funding for collaborative research and innovation programmes was highlighted on 7th December as part of a high-level visit to South Africa by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, to deepen economic ties.

The Chancellor confirmed the extension of the UK-South Africa Newton Fund, with £28 million from the UK - committed up to 2021 - with matched resources from South Africa.
This will build on successful existing partnerships within the Fund in areas including health, environment, food and water security, inequality, and future skills development. New programmes will include: the development of medical devices for the detection and treatment of cancer; projects to address the shared health priority areas of antimicrobial resistance; mental health; and collaboration on Big Data capacity development. 

The £28 million committed to the UK-South Africa Newton Fund is part of the extension and expansion of the global Newton Fund announced in the 2015 Spending Review. The Newton Fund was extended from 2019 and 2021 and will expand to £150 million per year by 2021. This will result in a £735 million UK investment to 2021, with partner countries providing matched resources.

Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond said: “Britain will continue to commit to work with our international partners to build ever stronger economic links around the world, including South Africa – a key strategic partner for the UK in Africa and internationally. During my visit I had a number of constructive talks with senior government ministers, business leaders and commentators on how the UK can deepen our economic and investment ties and forge an even closer partnership between our two nations.”

Claire Durkin, Head of the Newton Fund for the UK Government, said: “This is an exciting time for the UK-South Africa science and innovation partnership. Through the Newton Fund, we are working together on cutting-edge research and tackling some of the toughest global challenges. With our students and science communities working together, we have already made great strides in addressing challenges relating to water, health and energy. This research and innovation benefits not only people living in South Africa but all of us. The additional Newton funding will help us to build on our existing successful programmes and ensure the very best researchers from the UK and South Africa can work together to meet the needs of the future.”


Further information

Katie Clark, Senior Communications Manager, Newton Fund Central Team

+44(0)1793 444388 | +44(0)7920 246109 |

Zara Roman, Newton Fund Country Manager, British Consulate-General, Cape Town

+27 (0) 21 405 2414  | FTN: 8497 2414 | +27 (0) 73 465 6886 |


  1. The Newton Fund builds science and innovation partnerships with 16 partner countries to support their economic development and social welfare, and to develop their research and innovation capacity for long-term sustainable growth. It has a total UK Government investment of £735 million up until 2021, with matched resources from the partner countries.
  2. The Newton Fund is managed by the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), and delivered through 15 UK Delivery Partners, which include the Research Councils, the UK Academies, the British Council, Innovate UK and the Met Office.