The Prize was announced by the UK Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, Jo Johnson, 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 and businesses 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 types of Newton funded 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, other DAC listed 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 application portal and all associated application forms, guidance notes and eligibility criteria will be available by the end of April 2017.
The delivery partner for the Newton Prize is the UK National Commission for UNESCO.