The UK-South Africa Newton Fund was proud to support the Big Data Careers Day in South Africa in September.
Additional funding for collaborative research and innovation programmes was highlighted as part of a high-level visit to South Africa by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, to deepen economic ties.
The UK’s research and innovation partnership with China was given a boost today with the confirmation that since 2014 the Newton Fund in China (known as the UK-China Research and Innovation Partnership Fund) has committed £200 million across 37 joint programmes and supported over 220 partnerships.
The UK and Kenya launch new partnership to strengthen links in science and innovation through the Newton-Utafiti Fund. The Governments of the UK and Kenya have today (19 July 2016) pledged to strengthen their collaborative partnership in research and innovation and launched the Newton-Utafiti Fund as part of the wider Newton Fund family.
The Newton UK-TH Research and Innovation Partnership Fund launched the first £1.3 million or THB 60 million for promoting UK-TH joint astronomical research. At least 4 projects on capacity building in software and hardware infrastructures and data handling will be funded after scoping workshop in Bangkok.
A £4M investment has been made to support collaborations between UK and Brazilian scientists in wheat research. The funding (£2M from the Newton Fund delivered through BBSRC, with matched resources from Embrapa) has been awarded to four partnerships between the UK and Brazil.
The Newton Fund and the Zika virus were linked before the global public health emergency declaration in February this year, as UK and Brazil researchers have been working together since 2015. The Fund continues to fund research in this area, including fully understanding the virus and its increasing number of disease symptoms. In this news article, researchers have shed more light on how the Zika virus works, by sequencing the full-length genome of the virus from a patient.
As part of an official visit to Vietnam, the UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond paid a site visit to the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST) on 12 April 2016, accompanied by the British Ambassador and the British Council Country Director. The Foreign Secretary was warmly welcomed by VAST senior management and Newton Fund awardees currently working at VAST.
Ministers agree future of UK-India science and innovation collaboration, including Newton-Bhabha Fund. The Minister for Universities and Science, Jo Johnson, co-chaired the fifth UK-India Science and Innovation Council with his Indian counterpart Dr Harsh Vardhan, Minister for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences on Wednesday 15 June.