Pre-announcement: Forthcoming Newton Fund activities

21 April 2017

In the 2015 UK spending review it was agreed to extend and expand the Newton Fund. The fund was extended to 2021 and the total budget for the fund increased to £735 million UK investment over 2014-2021, with partner countries providing matched resources within the fund.

As part of this expansion, NERC has secured funding for a number of new Newton Fund programmes and is currently developing these in collaboration with funding agencies in the partner countries.

This additional funding has already supported the development of the NERC - Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) - DST UK-India Water Quality programme. A Colombia BIO programme between NERC and the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) is also being developed with the Colombian Administrative Department of Science Technology & Innovation (Colciencias) to better understand and explore Colombian biodiversity in different ecosystems and the benefits derived by humans. A networking workshop between UK and Colombian academics was held in Bogota in March 2017.

Future programmes to be announced in 2017 include:

  • Ganga Delta - Bay of Bengal Interactions. A joint programme with India's Ministry of Earth Sciences to understand how the Ganga Delta and Bay of Bengal are being impacted by climate change and human activity and how the risks to the ecosystem services they provide can be mitigated. Outputs will support the sustainable development of India's marine and coastal environments.

  • Wallacea understanding biodiversity and evolutionary responses to environmental change. A joint programme with Indonesia's Indonesian Science Fund (DIPI) to improve our understanding and predictive capabilities of community biodiversity and dynamics, in response to environmental change. This will provide insights to enable Indonesia to manage its biodiversity, balancing the need for conservation and socio-economic development through natural resource management.

  • Increasing resilience to hydrometeorological hazards. Collaborative research programmes are under discussion with partners in five countries in Southeast Asia: Ristekdikti in Indonesia, NAFOSTED in Vietnam, MiGHT and MoHE in Malaysia, PCIEERD in the Philippines and TRF and NSTDA in Thailand. The aim of each programme will be to improve understanding of impacts of hydrometeorological hazards and how to increase resilience; the specific scope of each programme will be determined by partner country interests.

It is anticipated that workshops will be held for each of these activities (in the case of the hydrometeorological hazards programmes it is expected that there will be a single workshop). The timing and venue of each workshop is to be confirmed, but they are likely to be in the autumn and take place in the partner countries. Once the arrangements for the workshops are confirmed, NERC will issue calls for participants, open to researchers working in relevant disciplines and eligible for NERC funding.

For further information, please contact:

Michelle Manning
Senior Programme Manager (International)
01793 442546