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Newton Prize

The Newton Prize 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 aims to incentivise researchers and innovators 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 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. 

The 2017 Newton Prize

The winning projects for the 2017 Newton Prize are: 


Advancing the Efficiency and the Production Potential of Excitonic Solar Cells (APEX)-II

Evaluation of the Introduction of a Novel Device in the Management of Hypertension and Shock in Pregnancy in Low Resource Settings


Building a Foundation for Sustainable Development (Networked Societies for the Cities of Tomorrow

Here's a link to a video showing highlights from the prize event in Vietnam.


Molecular Pathology of Rare Genetic Diseases in Children

International Network for Shrimp Health (INSH) - Chairman's Award


Integrating Algal Biophotovoltaics for Bioelectricity Production with Agro-industrial Wastewater Remediation using Tropical Algae

Here's a link to a video showing highlights from the prize event in Malaysia.

More than 150 projects from India, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam applied for this year's Prize, with a total of 25 outstanding projects being shortlisted.

Newton Prize Committee

The Newton Prize Committee will review all of the short-listed applications, along with feedback from the expert peer reviewers, and identify the winners using a consistent scoring system.


Professor Sir Venki Ramakrishnan, President of the Royal Society


Professor Elizabeth Tanner, Professor of Biomedical Materials, University of Glasgow

Professor Jonathan Weber, Director of Research for the Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College

Dr Irene Guijt, Head of Research, Oxfam

Professor Sir Howard Newby, retired Vice-Chancellor, University of Liverpool

Professor Nick Jennings, Vice-Provost (Research), Chair of Artificial Intelligence, Imperial College

Professor Georgina Mace, Head of the Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research, University College London

Dr Jonathan Hague, Vice President R&D Operations and Open Innovation, Unilever

Professor Armida Alisjahbana, Professor of Economics, Padjadjaran University; founder of Sustainable Development Goals Centre, Padjadjaran University.

Professor Azim Surani, Director of Germline and Epigenomics Research, University of Cambridge

The 2018 Newton Prize

Jo Johnson, the UK Minister for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, announced on Monday 4th December that the 2018 Newton Prize countries will be: Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Mexico.  Further details about the 2018 Prize, including launch of the call, will be published in due course.



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