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Newton Prize

The Newton Prize is a £1 million fund which recognises the excellent research and innovation the Newton Fund has invested in since its launch in 2014.

It celebrates the best partnerships between the UK and Newton Fund countries, and encourages new international collaborations to address some of the world’s most pressing challenges.

Newton Prize 2020 celebrates projects with Egypt, Jordan, Kenya, South Africa, and Turkey


Newton Prize shortlist announced

The Newton Prize 2020 shortlist has been announced featuring 27 research and innovation projects between the UK and Egypt, Jordan, Kenya, South Africa, and Turkey.

Thank you to everyone who applied for the Prize this year. Please review the key dates below which outline the next stages of the Prize process.

Previous news - Additional Newton Prize funding announced

An additional prize category with funding of up to £500,000 has been confirmed for this year’s Newton Prize. Applicants for the 'Chair’s Prize' will need to demonstrate how their research addresses one of three United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals: Good Health & Wellbeing, Gender Equality, or Sustainable Cities & Communities.


A message about COVID-19

We would like to send a message of heartfelt thanks to all the applicants, their teams, institutions and organisations who are taking the time to apply for the Newton Prize this year, despite the global COVID-19 pandemic and the extreme strain this has put on businesses, individuals and families. Thanks also to the dedication of the delivery partner, in-country and administration teams who are supporting the applications and to our expert reviewers and committee for their time and input.

Research and innovation has such an important role to play in addressing global challenges such as pandemics and at this difficult time it is inspiring to see that our Newton Fund community is finding time to continue important work and to plan for the future.

We are pleased to confirm that thanks to your enthusiastic engagement and despite the challenging circumstances, the Newton Prize 2020 will continue on the timescales set out below. If you have any queries regarding the Prize which aren't answered in our FAQs please contact who will be delighted to assist you.


Key dates

Read our Newton Prize 2019 booklet (PDF, 3MB) to learn about last year's prize and shortlist from China, Indonesia and the Philippines. View photos from the Newton Prize 2019 London awards ceremony


“I firmly believe that collaborations are important not only across disciplines, but also across cultures. They bring new insights, lead to new approaches and result in new discoveries.

“Scientific collaboration needs nurturing. The Newton Prize strengthens partnerships and allows the best research to thrive, improving the quality of life for people living in Newton Fund partner countries and beyond."

Professor Alice Gast, Imperial College London President and Newton Prize Committee Chair 

The Newton 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 the Newton Fund’s overall objectives.

An independent Newton Prize judging committee made up of experts from the UK and the 2020 countries will review the shortlisted applications, along with feedback from expert peer reviewers, and select the winners. 

Call for expert reviewers

We are looking for experts to review Newton Prize applications. To become an expert reviewer for the Newton Prize, please complete this registration form.

Registrations to review the Newton Prize are welcomed from any country worldwide. To become an expert reviewer for the prize, you will need to provide evidence of how you are a recognised authority in your specialist field. Please note that there is no remuneration for Newton Prize reviewers, your time and expertise is greatly appreciated in the review process.

Previous Newton Prize winners

Read about the Newton Prize 2017 winners in India, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam, the Newton Prize 2018 winners in Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Mexico, and the Newton Prize 2019 winners in China, Indonesia and the Philippines.