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Newton-Paulet Fund launches in Peru

Peru has recently become a Newton partner country with the launch of the Newton-Paulet Fund.

UK government funding will be matched by investment from the National Council on Science, Technology and Technological Innovation (CONCYTEC) in Peru. This government-level partnership will allow researchers from both countries to work together to promote science and innovation that contributes to economic development, improves the quality of life in Peru and strengthens ties to face future global challenges.

The Newton-Paulet Fund is named in honour of the renowned Peruvian scientist Pedro Paulet. The Fund will focus on research, innovation and capacity building in three priority areas:

  • Health, specifically malnutrition and anaemia
  • Clean water, including the impact of glacier retreat
  • Biodiversity and the unique geography of Peru.

The British Ambassador to Peru, Anwar Choudhury, highlighted that the UK’s experience in science and innovation is among the best in the world, saying: “I am very proud of this alliance with Peru, to face together the challenges that affect not only Peruvians but citizens all around the world”.

Dr. Fabiola Leon-Velarde, president of CONCYTEC, noted the important contribution that the UK makes to promote science and innovation in Peru, saying: “This kind of partnership shows how scientific interest unites us to find answers to our main challenges”.

CONCYTEC, through its initiative, Cienciactiva, will soon hold a series of calls for research proposals. Cienciactiva will promote the calls, participate in the evaluation process and in the monitoring of the selected projects. 

If you are interested in learning more about Newton-Paulet please get in touch with our local team.

Claudia Celis, Newton Fund Manager

Maria Jose Pinto, Newton Fund Coordinator


Read local media coverage in El Comercio and Gestion (in Spanish).