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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.

New portable COVID-19 test in development
24 August 2020
New portable COVID-19 test

Results of a Newton Fund project have led to a new portable COVID-19 test kit that will make testing for COVID-19 more accessible in developing countries.

Preventing the spread of infectious diseases
Preventing the spread of infectious diseases

Diseases like dengue and chikungunya virus can be deadly, and outbreaks in developing countries put healthcare systems under significant strain. A team of researchers from the UK and Indonesia have used a new, affordable test to quickly identify and track insect-spread diseases...read more

A new approach to eliminating malaria in the Philippines
A new approach to eliminating malaria in the Philippines

A UK-Philippines research collaboration has led to a new diagnostic approach, nearly doubling the number of people detected and treated for malaria in southern Palawan, where more than 90 percent of Philippine malaria cases are reported...read more

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