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Newton Prize

The Newton Prize was announced in June 2016 and recognises excellent research and innovation in support of economic development and social welfare in Newton Fund partner countries.  

The Newton Prize is an annual £1 million fund and a part of the broader Newton Fund. The Prize aims to incentivise researchers to participate in the Newton Fund as partners with the UK, and to work on the most important challenges facing Newton countries. The concept for the Newton Prize has been developed to raise the profile of the Newton Fund, and to demonstrate how UK partnerships with Newton countries are solving global challenges.

Each year, from 2017 until 2021, a minimum of five Newton funded projects, fellowships or other awards will be awarded the Newton Prize. Each Prize will be worth up to £200,000, and must be used to advance or develop existing Newton funded work. The Prize will be awarded for the best research or innovation that promotes the economic development and social welfare of Newton partner countries, DAC List Countries or addresses global challenges, aligning with and strengthening the Newton Fund’s overall objectives.

The Prize will be awarded in all of our Newton partner countries over the next five years, with the first prizes being awarded through our partnerships with India, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam (the 2017 Newton Prize countries).

The 2017 Newton Prize

Applications closed for the 2017 Newton Prize on 19 June 2017.

The 2017 Newton Prize has accepted applications from Newton Fund projects, fellowships and other awards linked to India, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam.

Applications are currently being reviewed. Applicants can expect to hear the outcome of their applications by the 30th of November 2017. For any enquiries please contact

For more information on the Prize, eligibility and the application process please see the 2017 Newton Prize Guidance Notes and Terms and Conditions.

The delivery partner for the Newton Prize is the UK National Commission for UNESCO.