The Newton Fund aims to promote the economic development and social welfare of either the partner countries or, through working with the partner country, to address the well being of communities. It will do so through strengthening partner country science and innovation capacity and unlocking further funding to support this work. It is part of the UK’s official development assistance (ODA).

The Newton Fund covers three broad activities:

  • People: increasing capacity in science and innovation, individually and institutionally in partner countries.
  • Research: research collaborations on development topics.
  • Translation: creating collaborative solutions to development challenges and strengthening innovation systems.

The Fund is being delivered through 7 UK delivery partners (UKRI comprising the research councils and Innovate UK as of 2018) and 87 in-country funding partners. They develop and run calls, and allocate and manage the money they receive as part of the Newton Fund.

More informational about in-country delivery partners can be found through our About Partnering Country pages. Individually the UK delivery partners are:

Activities must be developed with at least one of the partnering countries. These countries are all on the OECD DAC (the Development Assistant Committee of the OECD) list of ODA eligible recipients. The Newton Fund activities offered in each country are chosen and developed in collaboration with local government and funders. This ensures the programmes offered meet local development priorities. The countries are:

Brazil Kenya
Chile Malaysia
China Mexico
Colombia Peru
Egypt Philippines
Inda South Africa
Indonesia Thailand
Jordan Turkey

Any activity that a delivery partner supports through the Newton Fund must demonstrate the following:

  • Eligibility for official development assistance (ODA)
  • That they utilise an open and transparent process
  • That the project addresses a strong need and has a clear benefit in-country
  • That the activity would not take place without the Newton Fund
  • Matched funding and/or matched effort from the partnering country
  • ​Scientific excellence and value for money

Open Newton Funding opportunities







UKRI GCRF Collective Programme

The UKRI GCRF Collective Programme is a series of calls designed to enhance the overall impact across the six strategic GCRF Challenge portfolios. Applicants from all relevant disciplines are encouraged to apply for each call and proposals should be challenge-led and interdisciplinary in nature notwithstanding which Research Council is leading.

Cultures, Behaviours and Histories of Agriculture, Food, and Nutrition call 2


4pm, 9 January 2020

Conflict Intersections Global Partnership Development Awards


Call opens Feb/March 2020

Deadline: May 2020





MALAYSIA - Newton-Ungku Omar Fund Grand Challenge 2019: phase 1

Innovate UK

12pm, 23 October 2019

Rising from the Depths Network – Final round of Innovation projects


5pm, 31 October 2019

Digital Innovation for Development in Africa (DIDA)


4pm, 12 November 2019

Demonstrate Impact Programme

Innovate UK

4pm, 13 November 2019

Nahrein Network – Final Research Grant Awards


23:59, 15 November 2019

THAILAND - STFC-NARIT Call and Workshop 2019


4pm, 5 December 2019

GCRF Urgency Grants Pilot


4pm, 31 October 2020

British Council, National Academies

Leaders in Innovation Fellowships


22 October 2019*
4 November 2019**


MET Office

12 noon, 1 November 2019

Writing Workshops 2020

British Academy

5pm, 6 November 2019


If you would like to discuss your project ideas with regard to these Calls, please get in touch with our GCRF Research Development Lead, Dr Balram Dhakal or any other members of the Research Business Development Team.