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Newton Prize 2020 Selection Criteria

Newton Prize applications, Part A of the application process, and proposals, Part B of the application process, will be reviewed and assessed on their ability to demonstrate how they meet the following selection criteria. As well as reading these selection criteria all applicants are advised to read the guidance notes and terms and conditions information, and to consult the frequently asked questions (FAQs) as required.


 

Part B: Newton Prize Proposal Form

To see the questions you will be asked during the second part of the application process, view Part B of the application form (PDF, 3.5 MB)

If you have been invited to complete Part B of the application, which is submitting a proposal for the Newton Prize, you must tell us about the new project that you would undertake if you were to win. 

You can apply for one of the five Country Prizes or the Chair's Prize. You cannot apply for both. Six prizes in total will be awarded, one in each country and one Chair's Prize.

Five Country Prizes will be awarded, one in each country for projects with budgets of between £50,000 and £200,000.

One Chair's Prize will be awarded from all the Chair's Prize applications received across all three SDG options, for a project with a budget between £200,000 and £500,000.

If you choose to apply for the Chair's Prize your proposal must address one or more of the published targets for the goal.

Please note that the question criteria differ at Part B between the Chair's Prize and Country Prizes. You can find out more information about the selection criteria below.
 

COUNTRY PRIZE CRITERIA:

Q.39: ​THE QUALITY OF RESEARCH AND INNOVATION - reviewers will be looking for excellence. 

Q.40: ANTICIPATED OUTCOMES AND IMPACTS - detail is essential. 

Q.41: ANTICIPATED REGIONAL AND/OR GLOBAL RELEVANCE AND IMPACT - in Newton partner countries. 

Q.42: INTENDED KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE AND PARTNERSHIP DEVELOPMENT - demonstrating collaborative solutions to development challenges. 

Q.43: VALUE FOR MONEY AND EFFECTIVE FINANCIAL PLANNING - outlining potential return on investment. 
 

CHAIR'S PRIZE CRITERIA:

Q.31: STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT GOAL (SDG) TARGETS - how your proposal will contribute. 

Q.39: THE QUALITY OF RESEARCH AND INNOVATION - reviewers will be looking for excellence. 

Q.40: ANTICIPATED OUTCOMES AND IMPACTS - detail is essential. 

Q.41: ANTICIPATED REGIONAL AND/OR GLOBAL RELEVANCE AND IMPACT - in Newton partner countries. 

Q.42: INTENDED KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE AND PARTNERSHIP DEVELOPMENT - demonstrating collaborative solutions to development challenges. 

Q.43: VALUE FOR MONEY AND EFFECTIVE FINANCIAL PLANNING - outlining potential return on investment. 

A full description of each criteria can be found below.

All of the questions in section 7 in Part B of the application form will be marked. As we are asking you to submit a budget we will be looking for value for money proposals that are ODA eligible. The selection criteria details for these questions are indicated below.
 

Selection criteria details

Q.39 - THE QUALITY OF RESEARCH AND INNOVATION

This question is asked in Part A and Part B to assess what has been achieved as a result of your past or current Newton Funded award, and how this work can be advanced and developed by your proposal.

In Part A, applicants are required to demonstrate the quality and innovation of the prior work. Reviewers will be looking for well evidenced work that is demonstrably excellent, significantly innovative and has made a substantial, clearly demonstrated contribution to research or practice.

You should summarise the overall results of your Newton Fund research and/or innovation work with clear and measurable evidence of this impact/outcome.

What were the key results or outcomes and what were the actual or potential impacts? For example, advancing a technology that will result in cheaper energy and supporting this with facts and figures eg: X number of X was delivered, X researchers supported and went on to work in X and so on.

In Part B, you will need to explain how your proposed work will build on your existing Newton funded work and give details of the activities that will be undertaken.

This must not be a repeat of what you have been doing, but must be for a new package of work, or another aspect of your work not previously done or funded as part of your Newton Fund grant.

Applicants must demonstrate that risks for their proposed work have been managed and that they are capable of effective project management and delivery ensuring a successful outcome.

We will consider a range of factors that might impact on successful delivery of the project goals. These will include, but are not limited to, factors such as:

If your proposed work involves a formal collaborative partnership you will need to clearly demonstrate to the reviewers that you have explained the role of each partner and the contribution they are going to make and have outlined the governance arrangements that will be put in place to ensure smooth delivery of the project and minimise organisational and project management risk. Reviewers will be asked to check that they are satisfied that the required Proof of Support letter and other documents uploaded provide tangible proof that the main partners involved have agreed to your making the application and the overall governance framework.

 

Q.40 - OUTCOMES AND IMPACTS

Questions relating to outcomes and impacts in Part A of the application are about the work that has already been done. Questions relating to outcomes and impacts in Part B of the application are about predicted outcomes and impacts for the work you are proposing to undertake.

Please note that the Newton Fund uses the same definition of impact as used in the UK Research Excellence Framework (REF): "An effect on, change or benefit to the economy, society, culture, public policy or services, health, the environment of quality of life, beyond academia" or when new technologies or knowledge increase economic growth and productivity. For example, when the innovation results in new products, services or processes that increase sales or result in other forms of enhanced business performance.

Applications will be assessed on the quality, reach and significance of the outcomes and impacts. Reach means the range and extent of people or organisations who benefited or are expected to benefit. Significance means the importance/magnitude of the benefits. The reviewing process will form an overall view on the case made for reach and significance, rather than assessing them separately. The assessment process will look for clear evidence of the people or organisations who benefited (e.g. business, government, third sector organisation, or wider society) and also how they benefitted, and/or a cogently argued case for how people or organisations are expected to benefit.

It is very important to demonstrate how the actual or anticipated outcomes and impacts have contributed or will contribute to development challenges. Please refer to the advice on development challenges here.

Evidence must be presented to substantiate the case that beneficial impacts have been made or are reasonably anticipated. A distinct and material contribution from the Newton funded activity (rather than from activities supported from other funding sources) to the impact outcome must be demonstrated.

You will need to explain the particular development challenges in your Newton Prize country/community that your Newton funded work has already addressed and your proposed work under the prize would further address. You will need to show how you have been able to make a contribution/impact in tackling these, and/or an anticipated contribution/impact, including any solutions that you have provided/will provide for particular issue(s) and provide evidence of impact to support your answer. What do you think your result/impact will be? Who will benefit? Examples include advancing a technology that will result in cheaper energy, providing affordable healthcare, providing a particular service benefiting a community in the partner country or group of vulnerable/marginalised people.

The assessment will examine whether applicants can clearly articulate which development challenges their work has impacted, or will impact, and how. Emphasis will be placed on applicants’ ability to explain how their work has been or will be useful to improving the lives of people in the partner country and elsewhere. Please note that making a case for how a project has furthered research, innovation and perhaps individual commercial/business objectives will not be sufficient. The broader actual and potential benefits to society and improving people’s lives must also be demonstrated and may include benefits to broader economic growth and productivity.

 

Q.41 - REGIONAL AND/OR GLOBAL RELEVANCE AND IMPACT

Applicants who wish to maximise their overall scores for the Country Prizes, are advised to make a strong case under these criteria in their proposal and provide evidence in Part A. 

Questions related to regional and/or global relevance and impact are intended to highlight projects that either have succeeded, or will/could succeed, in demonstrating broader impact and relevance beyond their Newton Prize country. This can be demonstrated in a variety of ways. For example, applying the results of your research or other knowledge transfer in a different DAC country(ies); technology development/transfer; capacity building; developing international partnerships; or, translating work from addressing a national to a global development challenge, etc.

 

Q.42 - KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE AND PARTNERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

In Part A, you will need to explain how your Newton funded work has supported the development of partnerships within your Newton Prize country, between that country and the UK or internationally with other DAC listed countries. You should clearly describe the nature of the partnerships that have been created, whether of a formal collaborative nature or informal, and set out in detail the outcomes achieved.

In Part B, you will need to explain how your how your proposed work will use prize money to support the development of partnerships within your Newton Prize country, between that country and the UK or internationally with other DAC listed countries. Partnerships that will be created, whether of a formal collaborative nature or informal and the expected outcomes will need to be clearly described.

You will also need to describe any wider learning expected to be secured from your proposed work which will be of wider benefit. All applicants will need to clearly describe the knowledge that will be transferred to potential users and other stakeholders and the ways that this will be done. This can be through a variety of mechanisms and routes such as publications, workshops, and interactions with the media, policy makers and potential users. Evidence that inclusive approaches have been taken, for example involving potentially marginalised groups or users of a particular service being offered, will be particularly welcome. These should not be one off activities, but a programme or events that will embed the learning.

 

Q.43 - VALUE FOR MONEY AND EFFECTIVE FINANCIAL PLANNING

In assessing your budget proposal in Part B of the application reviewers will consider a number of factors. You will need to address exactly how you plan to spend the prize money, demonstrating value for money and ODA compliance. Prize funding must be used for activities that will advance the future research and innovation work outlined in the proposal and as the Newton Prize is funded by the Newton Fund, it must be spent on research and innovation activities that will address development challenges and therefore be ODA eligible.

The following will be assessed:

To note, applicants must demonstrate that the prize money will not be used to cover outstanding costs of their original award but to fund a new package of work, or another aspect of their work not previously done or funded as part of their original Newton Fund grant.


Q.31 (CHAIR'S PRIZE ONLY) - STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT GOAL (SDG) TARGETS

You can apply for one of the five Country Prizes or the Chair's Prize. You cannot apply for both. Six prizes in total will be awarded, one in each country and one Chair's Prize.

Projects with a budget between £200,000 and £500,000 can choose to apply for the Chair’s Prize.

One Chair's Prize will be awarded from all the Chair's Prize applications received across all three SDG options:

Projects will be required to show additional evidence of how their project addresses one or more targets of the SDG they have chosen to apply for. Please see below for more information about each goal and it's specific targets.

SDG 3 Good Health & Wellbeing

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Full information available here

Please identify which of the following targets your proposal will address. You may select more than one:

SDG 5 Gender Equality

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Full information available here

Please identify which of the following targets your proposal will address. You may select more than one:

SDG 11 Sustainable Cities & Communities

Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Full information available here

Please identify which of the following targets your proposal will address. You may select more than one: