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Frequently Asked Questions

About the Newton Prize

About Part A of the application: Your Newton funded ongoing or completed project

About Part B of the application: Your Newton Prize proposed project

Programme specific – Royal Academy of Engineering Leaders in Innovation Fellowships

About the Newton Prize 2019

What is the Newton Prize?

The Newton Prize recognises excellent science, research and innovation in support of economic development and social welfare in Newton Fund partner countries.

This annual £1 million prize fund celebrates the best partnerships between the UK and Newton countries, encouraging international collaboration to address global challenges.

For the 2019 Newton Prize, the countries are China, Indonesia and the Philippines. 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.

For more information please refer to the Newton Prize pages in this section of the Newton Fund website. If you cannot find the information you are looking for please contact us.

 

Who is eligible to apply for the Newton Prize?

The Newton Prize is only open to existing or past recipients of Newton funding, with projects in the eligible countries for the year in which you are applying. The prize will be awarded to projects which demonstrate proven impact and can advance their work through the Newton Prize. The prize funding must contribute to the future science and innovation activity of the winning partnership. A minimum of 50% of the funding must be spent on eligible activity within Newton Partner countries and 50% or less spent in the UK. You can find all the partner countries here.

 

Will all partner countries receive a prize?

The prize will be awarded in most of our Newton Partner countries in rotation between 2017 and 2021, the exception being where a partner country has recently joined the Newton Fund and so sufficient time would not have passed for the Newton Fund projects in that country to demonstrate proven impact, which is one of the main criteria for awarding the Newton Prize. Countries receiving the prize will not receive the Newton Prize again until after three years. You can find more information about last year’s winners here.

 

How are decisions made on the winners?

All the applications will be assessed by a diverse group of external peer reviewers with relevant expertise. The reviewers will complete assessment forms for each application and mark them according to specific criteria relating to the Newton Fund and international development objectives to arrive at a shortlist. Please find more information on the selection criteria here.

The shortlisted applications will be reviewed and discussed by an independent Newton Prize Committee who make the final decision on the winners.

 

What type of partnerships or activities could receive a prize?

The Newton Fund has provided funding for a number of science and innovation partnerships, teams and pieces of work with the Newton Partner countries. Some examples of Newton Funded work that could be awarded a prize include those that improve our understanding of:

All types of funded work under the Newton Fund are eligible - from individual fellowships to multi-million-pound collaborative research projects. The diversity of projects shortlisted in 2017 and 2018  can be found by clicking these links.

 

What activities can the Prize funding be used for?

The Prize funding can be used in the Newton partner country for a number of activities that will advance the work of the research partnership. This can include funding additional user research; new equipment and facilities; and employing extra staff.

 

Do partner countries need to match funding for the Prize?

No, we do not require match funding from the partner country.

 

How many applications are typically received?

Over 150 applications were received in both 2017 and 2018. The applications represented the breadth and depth of Newton Fund work; from multi institutional research operations to awards for individual fellowships, workshops and networks. They addressed challenges from sustainable food production to renewable energy; from disease prevention to transformational technology; from city planning to disaster management.

 

What is the prize worth?

In 2019, one Newton Prize will be awarded to each of the 2019 Newton Prize eligible partner countries. There is no competition between the eligible countries for these prizes. There will be one additional prize, the Chair’s Prize, which is open to all to apply, this will be for the project that best demonstrates knowledge and partnership working.

Award amounts:

Please note that if successful at Part A of the application process, you will select at Part B of the application stage whether you want to submit a proposal for a country prize or the Chair's Prize.
 

What is the Chair’s Prize?

The Chair's Prize will be awarded to the project proposal between £200-£500k that best demonstrates knowledge and partnership working.

 

What is ODA?

ODA stands for Official Development Assistance. Prize applications will need to demonstrate that their plans for spending the prize money are ODA-compliant. More information and resources on ODA can be found here.

 

Who administers the Newton Prize?

The United Kingdom National Commission (UKNC) for UNESCO in London has been appointed by BEIS as the contractor to administer the Newton Prize application process. Contact:administrator@unesco.org.uk

 

About Part A of the application: Your Newton Funded ongoing or completed project

Where can I find my Newton Fund award grant reference?

We request your ‘award number’ as part of our eligibility checking processes, to verify the programme you received Newton Funding under. These numbers/codes should be included in your grant/award letter received from the relevant delivery partners notifying you that you have been awarded Newton Funding. If you are unable to find your award number in this letter, please contact the relevant delivery partner who may be able to share this with you.
 

Who is the lead applicant/Who should complete the application form?

Newton Fund programmes are built on partnerships between researchers, institutions and/or industry partners. The lead applicant can be the person leading the project from one of the eligible partner countries or the person leading the project from the UK. There is an opportunity to include both a lead applicant from the UK and one from the Newton partner country.

When completing the application form the lead prize applicant must be the named lead recipient of the funding on the original award, i.e. the Principal Investigator (PI) or Fellow or similar and can be the UK or in-country PI or both (if applicable).

If the lead PI on an award has changed, or moved on to a different institution, applicants will need to state who the new PI is and include these details in the letter of collaborating partners. This letter will also need to confirm that the original PI is aware of the prize application and that it will be led by a different PI.

 

Who is my UK delivery partner?

All projects should have a UK delivery partner. These can be found on the Newton Fund website.

 

Who is my partner country delivery partner or funder?

Each of the 17 Newton Fund partner countries has organisations based in-country who fund and manage Newton Fund programmes. You can find out who these partners are on the website.

 

What are the additional supporting documents that need to be uploaded as part of my application?

All applicants need to submit a letter of support from your organisation in-country and in the UK (more information on this can be found in the Guidance notes).

 

About Part B of the application: Your Newton Prize proposed project

Can I apply for the Chairs prize and the country prize in my part B application?

Yes, you can apply for both. If you would like to apply for both prizes then you must contact: administrator@unesco.org.uk in order to request an additional access link. Please note that the selection criteria weightings for the country prize and Chair's prize are different, please find out more information here.

If you apply for the China country prize or the Chair’s prize including work in China in your proposal then you must adhere to the China additional requirements.

 

China: Additional requirements, applicable to Part B proposals only

Please note that there are further requirements for applications linked to China as shown below.

For applications for China, it is an essential requirement that the proposed work to be funded by the Newton Prize award will be focused on applying the UK-China partnership to addressing broader global development challenges linked to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The prize money needs to be spent in line with ODA guidance. This includes the focus of activities in China under the Newton Fund of working together to tackle global development challenges. It is acceptable for benefits for both China and UK to be outlined in the proposed work, but the primary benefit and focus of the proposed activity must be founded upon addressing global development challenges and issues of particular relevance to developing countries in line with the SDGs.

 

Why do these additional requirements only apply to China and not Indonesia or the Philippines?

As China continues to grow their role in delivering the global benefit of research and innovation our bilateral partnership is also evolving. The UK-China Research and Innovation Partnership Fund is moving away from working on Chinese development challenges to focus on joint working to address regional and global development challenges. This change will be adopted for this year’s Newton Prize. 

 

Where can I find the prize selection criteria?

All applicants will need to address the prize selection criteria concerning impact found here. Please take note of question weightings which will indicate particularly important questions you/your team will need to answer.

Please note that the question weightings differ at part B between the Chairs Prize and country prize. You can find out more information about the selection criteria weightings here.

If you apply for the China country Prize or the Chair’s prize including work in China in your proposal then you must adhere to the China additional requirements.

 

Do I have to spend at least 50% of the prize in the Partner Country?

Yes.

 

Is it mandatory to have a UK partner/continue working with the existing UK partner for the prize proposal?

The prize aims to incentivise researchers and businesses to participate in the Newton Fund as partners with the UK, and to work on the most important challenges facing Newton countries. The concept for the Newton Prize has been developed to raise the profile of the Newton Fund, to demonstrate how UK partnerships with Newton countries are solving global challenges, and to celebrate the impacts made as a result of these international collaborations.

It is not mandatory to have a formal UK partner in order to demonstrate this, but it must be clear in your application how your proposal contributes to these main aims of the prize and that you have consent from any original project partners (in the UK or elsewhere) to proceed with the application without their involvement. Please note these partners may be contacted during the eligibility checking process.

 

What % FEC does the Newton Prize operate at?

The Newton Prize operates at FEC 100%.    

 

If successful, which organisation receives the prize money?

The normal process is the lead institution in the UK receive the grant and is responsible for disbursing this to the project partners. The BEIS grant letter asks for a copy of the consortium agreement – so there it is clear who the partners are and where the funding is being dispersed. 

 

How should I calculate the overheads costs to my partner institution?

The costings is for the academics to scope as part of their proposal. It is hard for us to provide specific guidance because the projects vary so much. You should be working in tandem with your partners to determine costs as accurately as possible.

 

Programme specific – Royal Academy of Engineering Leaders in Innovation Fellowships

I am a Leaders in Innovation Fellowship award holder, am I eligible?

Yes. As a recipient of Newton Funding, you are eligible to apply for the Newton Prize.

 

Do I have to have a UK lead applicant?

No.

 

What is the duration of my programme?

1.5 years

 

What is my award number?

Your award number should be your application number from when you applied. All numbers start with LIF\XXX with a number for the application. This application would have been on the RAEng portal Grants.raeng.org.uk

Please email info-lif@raeng.org.uk if you cannot locate your application.

 

What is the duration of my award?

This will be dependent on the LIF programme you attended, please select the correct one from below:

 

LIF1= 01.04.14 to 31.03.15

LIF2= 01.04.15 to 31.03.16

LIF3=01.04.16 to 31.03.17

LIF4= 01.04.17 to 31.03.18

LIF5= 01.04.18 to 31.03.19

 

What is the total amount of funding awarded to LIF grantees?

Approx. £13,000

 

What is my project title?

This is the name of your product or service/ the idea you are being assisted to develop as part of the LIF programme.

 

Specific question responses: 

Question 2: Select your UK lead Delivery Partner

Applicants should select: Royal Academy of Engineering

 

Question 5: Type of Newton Fund project

Applicants should select: Fellowship/Studentship

 

Question 9: Total amount of Newton Fund award in pound sterling (UK £)

Applicants should answer: Approx. £13,000

 

Question 13: Please confirm that the other lead PI knows you are applying for this prize (if applicable)

Applications should answer: No, I have no partner PI

 

Question 17:

Applicants should select: 0