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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, with the first prizes being awarded through our partnerships with India, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam (the 2017 Newton Prize countries).

The 2017 Newton Prize

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. Details of the shortlisted projects are now available.

The winners will be announced at celebratory award ceremonies held in each of the countries during November 2017.


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