Newton Fund


We support delivery of the Newton Fund, helping the higher education sector to access funding for international research collaboration and applicants to connect with host institutions in the UK.

The Newton Fund builds scientific and innovation partnerships with 17 partner countries to support their economic development and social welfare, and to develop their research and innovation capacity for long-term sustainable growth. It has a total UK government investment of £735 million up until 2021, with matched resources from the partner countries.  

The Newton Fund is managed by the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), and delivered through seven UK delivery partners, which include the Research Councils, the UK's four national academies, the British Council, Innovate UK and the Met Office. 

UUKi's role in supporting the Newton Fund

We support the delivery of the Newton Fund through:

  • Delivery support, helping Newton Fund country researchers identify UK collaborators and connecting Newton PhD candidates to host UK institutions

  • Representing sector views in the development of the programme through dialogue with delivery partners and BEIS
  • Outreach and communications, promoting Newton Fund opportunities to the sector through the monthly Newton Funding Bulletin, university visits, and our biannual International Research Development Network  meetings.

Finding a UK collaborator

If you would like to apply for an open Newton Fund call and require assistance in identifying a potential UK collaborator, please complete our Partner Request form at least four weeks before the call deadline.

If you are a UK researcher and are looking to find a collaborator for a Newton Fund call, please check the Opportunities for Collaboration grid, which we update regularly with partner requests received from Newton Fund countries for the calls mentioned above.

Additionally, if you are a UK-based researcher and would be interested in being approached by UUKi with details of a potential partner for a Newton Fund collaboration, please fill in our online form and your details will be added to our database. We will then get in touch if we receive a request for a UK partner from a researcher in a Newton Fund partner country who has a similar profile and is interested in applying for an open call.

Newton Fund PhD applicants

UUKi operates a Student Support Service for applicants for British Council Newton Fund PhD calls. If you would like our assistance with finding a host UK university and supervisor, please complete our Student Support Form.

For a full list of current calls, please visit the funding opportunities section of the Newton Fund website.

 Newton PhD applicants

 A UK Visa guide for overseas academics

There are several visa options for overseas academics wanting to visit the UK. 

This leaflet will help you decide which is the right option for you. Further information is available here.