Current opportunities for collaboration

The grid below highlights some of the projects and topics for which Newton partner country researchers are currently seeking a UK collaborator or a UK host institution for British Council calls. It is possible to sort entries alphabetically by "Research area"; "Partner country"; "Partner institution" and "Call". 
To request further information about any of the projects and their lead applicants, please contact us at​ specifying which project you are interested in, and we will provide you with further details.   

PhD supervision (Full or Placement) = PhD programme​

Proposed project or topic for collaboration

Food Science​ - Agriculture

​The development of drying methods and other methods to extend shelf-life of rice and fruit products including their value-adding by-products. The methods currently being conducted are foam-mat drying using various hydrocolloid additives and drying methods.

Agri-technologyThailandPhetchaburi Rajabhat UniversityIL

Integration of Energy Research - New and Renewable; Heat and mass transfer, Air conditioning and refrigeration, Adsorption system

Developing low-cost air conditioning technology to advanced energy conservation without environmental problems. The proposed technology of adsorption system for air conditioner is introduced to the developing countries where cost is a barrier and the proper utilized local materials are easily available.

Energy, Environmental challengesIndonesiaSebelas Maret UniversityIL

​Agritech; health and life sciences

Philippines Agricultural and Environmental Agencies constitute selected sectors of economic opportunity for private sector, which will drive the Philippines towards high-income status and global competitiveness. The LoRa Based Intelligent “Internet of Things” System for Smart Farming Management Technique and Water Quality Monitoring receives prioritized government support owing to their potential in enhancing the gross national income. 

Agriculture, Food security, Water management & security, Digital innovation and creativityPhilippinesUniversity of Perpetual Help System Dalta - Las Piñas City CampusIL


Training workshop on “omics” platforms for biodiversity phenotyping: potential for the valorization of Peruvian grain biodiversity. The scientific knowledge of Peruvian grain germplasm is critical for further identification of superior native varieties with potential for their use in future seed breeding programs. Such programs focused on the development of commercial varieties integrating important health-relevant properties along with high-value agronomic traits and with tolerance to climate change​ are relevant for food security. 

Omic techniques, grain biodiversity, phenotypingPeruUNIVERSIDAD CATOLICA DE SANTA MARIARL (Workshops)

​Functional evaluation
Functional food production house

​The end goal of research and development is to improve farmer welfare in Indonesia through the window opportunity of functional food resources. Starting from soil remedial using organic fertilizers and natural green manures, the data base of local nutrition is developed to help society and government in managing public health sustainability. Research currently looks to (a) scaling up a production house for Health Ingredient based on commodities started with in the previous research and (b) field testing of organic fertilizer produced by the industrial partner for food plants in the high priority commodities of Indonesian Government. 

Agri-technologyIndonesiaWidya mandala Surabaya Catholic UniversityIL

Intention and behavior​, social welfare in Indonesia

​Corporate and financial scandals are rising steadily each year (Global Economic Survey, 2015, Sullivan 2006), resulting in a credibility crisis in the accounting profession, managers and businesses. This raises questions about the effectiveness of ethics education.  The project proposes to develop instruments used to teach business and accounting profession ethics effectively using immersive virtual technology and then examine whether the instruments are able to increase moral imagination, sensitivity, judgment, intention and behavior. Effective ethics education is expected to increase ethics behavior of the university graduates to positively affect economic development and social welfare of Indonesia.​

Ethics EducationIndonesiaUniversitas Gadjah MadaIL

​Biosensors, nanomaterials

The project would aim to provide more alternatives for point-of-care diagnosis for acute respiratory infection in children who inhabit remote areas in Peru and Latin America, for instance jungle and highlands. This has been the main cause of mortality in Peru for a long time. For this purpose, biosensors based in state-of-the-art nanomaterials like MoS2 or graphene are good alternatives. However, Peru lacks complex laboratory equipment for nanomanufacturing. 

Health , Energy PeruCayetano Heredia UniversityRL (Travel Grants)

quinoa; protein isolation; food industry; saponins

​Quinoa is a cereal with 18% vegetable protein, however it also contains saponins, which are slightly toxic to humans and animals. The proposed project is to isolate the proteins of yellow, black and other varieties of quinoa and separate these in powder form to use as a supplement in the food industry. ​


Socio-Cultural Development 

The spirit of democracy and freedom of expression developed since the 1998 reformation era in Indonesia has transformed society. Various expressions showing their ideology have been shared through social media platforms. This project will be focused on researching media literacy between two different groups, the young and the mature groups of society and how they use and deal with various sensitive issues such as religiosity. As the development of media democracy in Indonesia is still in infant stage, this project is expected as a collaborative project between UNS and a UK university. 

Societal challenges IndonesiaSebelas Maret UniversityIL

​Character of the nation, community life, culture

The aim of this research is to increase awareness and teacher skills in Indonesian schools to help provide a better educational system that can improve the welfare of society​. Subject of this research is elementary school teachers in Kudus, Central Java, Indonesia. The basis of this study is teachers' misconduct, yet teachers should play a major part in the prevention of bullying in schools. “PELITA”: This method emphasizes the knowledge of bullying, the ability of emotional management of teachers and teaching skills to support conducive learning environments.

Educational PsychologyIndonesiaUniversity of Muria KudusIL