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The Newton Fund was launched in 2014 and originally consisted of £75 million each year for 5 years. In the 2015 UK Spending Review it was agreed to extend and expand the Fund. The Newton Fund was extended from 2019 to 2021 and expanded by doubling the £75 million investment to £150 million by 2021, leading to a £735 million UK investment to 2021, with partner countries providing matched resources within the Fund.

Newton Fund Impact Event 

ESRC and Glasgow IAA came together to organise a unique Newton Fund Impact Event in March 2018. Over fifty researchers, representing Newton Fund awards in countries such as Brazil, China, India, Mexico, South Africa, Turkey and Vietnam, and from a wide spectrum of disciplines, attended this special event which was intended to promote networking and the different ways to maximise impact from international research.

This was the first time such a large group of international Newton Fund award holders had been brought together in one place and the two-day event followed a busy schedule with a mix of presentations and interactive activities intended to provoke broader thoughts about impact, beneficiaries and the benefits of international partnerships.

Watch our videos of the event:






Newton Fund Prize 2018

The 2018 Newton Prize call is currently open. 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 and strengthening the Newton Fund’s overall objectives. The 2018 Newton Prize countries are Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Mexico which should make this of special interest as you are all existing or past recipients of Newton funded projects in these countries.

Five Newton funded projects will be awarded the Newton Prize. Each prize will be worth up to £200,000 to advance Newton funded work. Prizes will be awarded for eligible projects that demonstrate a benefit to the economy, society, culture, public policy or services, health, the environment, or quality of life. If you have any further questions about the Newton Prize please contact UNESCO: