The Newton Fund delivery partners may also offer support tailored to their individual calls. When available, details of this support will be displayed on the call website, which may be found by following the links on our funding opportunities page.
For example, Innovate UK has used Meeting Mojo to assist UK and Mexican applicants in finding collaborators for their Mexico-UK Collaborative Industrial R&D Competition.
Rachael Sara-Kennedy, from the Universities UK International offers guidance on finding a UK academic to collaborate with.
Piirus is a new tool, developed by the University to Warwick, that helps researchers connect with other researchers.
How does it work?
Sign up and create a short profile with your collaboration interests, research areas and methodologies. You can also add links to external sites where other users can find out more about you, such as your LinkedIn, your blog or your Academia.edu entry.
As soon as you have a profile, Piirus will suggest researchers with whom you may be interested in collaborating, based on the information in your profile. You can also search for users with particular interests, expertise or techniques.
Universities UK International (UUKi) represents UK universities internationally. UUKi supports the delivery of the Newton Fund in the following ways:
Find a UK collaborator for your Newton Fund application
Prospective applicants to an open Newton Fund call should note that Universities UK International (UUKi) offers a partner matching service to help connect Newton Fund partner country researchers to potential UK collaborators. Applicants wishing to use this service should complete UUKi’s Partner Request Form, ideally as soon as possible after the launch of the call. UUKi is then able to suggest UK researchers or research groups which have similar research interests and expertise, and may therefore be interested in collaborating. Partnership requests will also be included on UUKi’s Opportunities for Collaboration webpage. Those interested in applying to an open Newton Fund PhD call, and who would like assistance in finding a UK supervisor, should complete the Host Request Form on the UUKi website.
Dr Adam Taylor shares what the British Council panel reviewers look for in applications to the Newton Fund.
As researchers, we’ve all been at meetings/conferences and met people who would be interesting collaborators, but for a variety of reasons it just isn’t feasible; costs, distance, or just an appropriate funding stream that provides the opportunity. The Newton Fund presents these opportunities, to engage in research and build long term collaborative links that benefit all involved, with the ultimate goal of aiding those most in need in developing countries.
As a reviewer for the British Council on their biomed review panel, I wanted to share my thoughts and insights which hopefully provide practical advice to those thinking of applying.