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, and for the NERC Latin America Biodiversity call. 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.   


IL= Institutional Links
RL= Researcher Links (Workshops or Travel Grants)
PhD supervision (Full or Placement) = PhD programme
NERC LatAm = NERC Latin America Biodiversity programme

Proposed project or topic for collaboration


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

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

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. ​


Cultivation of Cryphiops caementarius in individualized systems

Cultivation of Cryphiops caementarius in individualized systems: effects on growth and survival. The shrimp Cryphiops caementarius is distributed in almost all the rivers of the Peruvian coast but it abounds in Arequipa (16 ° - 17 ° S) from where it is extracted for 50 years with intense fishing effort affecting populations. Faced with this situation, the strategy of reproductive closures (January-April of the southern hemisphere), the minimum size of capture and repopulations allow populations to recover . 


​alpacas; vaccines; enterotoxemia

​To provide new information on the implications
of the use of autogenous vaccines in alpaca production. With the use of autogenous vaccines as a Alternative prevention of enterotoxemia in alpaca pups is expected to reduce neonatal mortality alpacas in more than 60%.

HealthPeruUniversidad Nacional Mayor de San MarcosIL

Genetic variability, Native species

to carry out characterization studies of the biological variability of the different lucuma varieties. These studies will be the basis for subsequent agronomic evaluations, genetic improvement, selection and reproduction of materials with desirable characteristics in a program of promotion and diversification of agricultural production.

BiodiversityPeruUniversidad Nacional de TrujilloRL (Travel Grants)

​Child nursing, promotion, implementation, child management, model development

​Development of model to promote the implementation of child management guidelines that could solve the professional nurses challenges of managing childhood illnesses in rural primary health care settings of South Africa. Shared experiences of how operational managers support child services management with the aim of averting under-5 years child mortality and morbidity. Life expectancy may improve and could also improve the countries economy

Health managementSouth AfricaSefako Makgatho Health Sciences UniversityRL (Travel Grants)

Marine Contamination; Environmental Liability

To guarantee the economic development of the local community from the ecosystem service provided by the hydrobiological resources and the beach, this project seeks to evaluate the impact that this environmental liability has on the ecosystem services of the coastal community of Grau; which, at present, is also expanding demographically due to its potential tourism. The impact will be estimated through the evaluation of aromatic hydrocarbons, due to their high level of toxicity, present in the oyster tissues, and other indicators of anthropogenic contamination in water and marine sediment.

BiodiversityPeruInstituto del Mar del PeruIL

​Amazonian fish - Organic Aquaculture - Nutritional quality - Biodiversity

​Improve water quality control in aquaculture. Develop new techniques of fish production

Biodiversity PeruNational University Agraria la MolinaRL (Travel Grants)

​Communication, social representations, online communication, social media, identity

​Comparing the differences in social representations of identity in societies that are multicultural and those that are diverse. Particularly looking at new contexts and online communication behaviour in managing these social representations and the impact of that on societal climate.

Social identities in societySouth AfricaUniversity of JohannesburgRL (Travel Grants)

​Malnutrition, Children under age 5, Moringa

This study aims to determine the effect of consuming instant-maize porridge fortified with termite and Moringa oleifera (MO) leaf powders on the nutritional status of children aged 3 to 5 years old in the Vhembe district. 

Health , Food securitySouth AfricaUniversity of VendaRL (Travel Grants)

​Marine ecosystems 

​Trophic ecology of top predators in marine ecosystems and integral approach to the aspects of their complex life cycles that include extensive migrations, such as distribution at sea and diving behavior, their relationship with environmental variables, trophic aspects from the study of the natural abundance of stable isotopes of C and N in predator and potential prey tissues

BiodiversityArgentinaCentro para el estudio de Sistemas Marinos CESIMAR-CONICETNERC LatAm Biodiversity


​Novel cell penetrating peptides from marine sources - the application of cell penetrating peptides (CPPs) as antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) for tuberculosis therapeutics

Biological and Medical sciencesIndiaIndian Institute of Technology DelhiPhD placement