The Newton Fund is a £375 million fund operated by the UK's Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. It provides £75 million a year for five years, starting from 2014/15, and the intention is that UK funding is matched by partner countries. Through the Newton Fund, the UK will use its strength in research and innovation to promote the economic development and social welfare of partner countries. By working together on bi-lateral and multi-lateral programmes with a research and innovation focus, the UK will build strong, sustainable, systemic relationships with partner countries.
The Newton Fund is part of the UK’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment. The first years of the Fund will cover 15 countries: China, India, Brazil, South Africa, Mexico, Colombia, Chile, Turkey, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines, Egypt and Kazakhstan.
The British Academy is one of several UK delivery partners for the Newton Fund and is working with a number of partners overseas. Other UK delivery partners include the Royal Society, Royal Academy of Engineering, Academy of Medical Sciences, British Council, HE International Unit, Research Councils, Met Office and Innovate UK.
The British Academy's overseas partners are: CONFAP (Brazil); Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (China); Egypt (STDF); Academy of Sciences Malaysia (Malaysia); CONACYT and the Mexican Academy of Sciences (Mexico); NRF (South Africa); TRF and OHEC (Thailand); TUBITAK (Turkey); NAFOSTED (Vietnam).
British Academy programmes under the Newton Fund
Newton Advanced Fellowships: for early to mid-career researchers based in Newton Fund countries to develop their research strengths through training and collaboration with a partner in the UK
Newton International Fellowships: for early career post-doctoral researchers from Newton Fund countries to spend two consecutive years undertaking research and training at a university or research institution in the UK
Newton Mobility Grants: mobility grants to establish and develop collaborations between researchers in Newton Fund countries and the UK
South Africa-UK Research Chair in Political Theory (SARChI): co-funded by the British Academy and South Africa's National Research Foundation, this scheme is designed to attract and retain excellence in research and innovation at South African universities.