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Success stories

Welcome to our success stories – projects and programmes that have achieved remarkable things with Newton funding. If you’ve received Newton funding and want to share a success story, email enquiries@newtonfund.ac.uk.

Developing the capability of senior innovation policymakers in Brazil
Developing the capability of senior innovation policymakers in Brazil

The Brazil Global Innovation Policy Accelerator (GIPA) programme has built capability within the Brazilian innovation policy system, fostered a new network of innovation policy expertise, and strengthened connections between the UK and Brazilian innovation policy systems...read more

Protecting biodiversity through Colombian communities
Protecting biodiversity through Colombian communities

The GROW Colombia programme has trained former guerrilla fighters as citizen scientists, built capacity to tackle illegal wildlife trade and strengthen online resources for biodiversity, and is informing Colombia’s National Development Plan...read more 

Bridging the gap between academia and entrepreneurship in Turkey and the UK
Bridging the gap between academia and entrepreneurship in Turkey and the UK

A UK-Turkey research collaboration has trained academics in entrepreneurship and increased awareness and understanding of intellectual property and innovation among the academic community in Turkey. The project has led to four new start-ups that employ 10 people...read more

A radical new approach to waste management in Kenya
A radical new approach to waste management in Kenya

Only 12 percent of the Kenyan population are covered by a centralised sewer system. Kenyan engineer, Joy Riungu has found a new cost-effective way to safely treat human waste and convert it into useful resources...read more

Promoting STEM skills and economic development through radio astronomy
Promoting STEM skills and economic development through radio astronomy

The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) is the world’s largest radio telescope. It is hosted by South Africa in collaboration with eight African partners and Australia. The Development for Africa through Radio Astronomy (DARA) project is using SKA as a catalyst to promote STEM education and economic development in the region...read more

New dual degree programmes between Egypt and the UK
New dual degree programmes between Egypt and the UK

Egypt's rapid urbanisation and economic growths increases the demand for energy in the countries' building industry. More professional development and training is required, in particular in the design and construction labour market, to find sustainable solutions to Egypt’s growing energy needs...read more

Climate ready rice for global food security
Climate ready rice for global food security

Rice is an essential food staple eaten by more than half the world’s population every day. Scientists from the UK and the Philippines have discovered that rice plants genetically engineered to have fewer stomata – tiny openings used for gas exchange – are more tolerant to drought and resilient to future climate change...read more

Strengthening energy infrastructure to withstand extreme weather and natural disasters
Strengthening energy infrastructure to withstand extreme weather and natural disasters

Scientists in the UK and Chile are using mathematical models to develop a framework that will strengthen power systems in Chile and other countries vulnerable to environmental hazards...read more

Drought resistant beans for sustainable food supply in Mexico
Drought resistant beans for sustainable food supply in Mexico

Beans are central to Mexico’s food security, but they are also highly sensitive to drought. Researchers in the UK and Mexico are developing climate-ready elite bean varieties to combat drought related crop losses for Mexican and Latin American agriculture...read more

Improving the lives of the Guarani people by saving the Atlantic Forest
Improving the lives of the Guarani people by saving the Atlantic Forest

The Atlantic Forest in Brazil is fundamental to the physical and cultural survival of the indigenous Guarani people, and to the quality of life of more than 70 percent of the Brazilian population who depend on its water supply. Researchers in the UK and Brazil are helping the Guarani restore the Atlantic Forest in their territory...read more