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Newton Fund

The Newton Fund - external link was launched in 2014 and originally consisted of £75 million each year for five years. In the 2015 UK spending review it was agreed to extend and expand the Fund. The Newton Fund was extended from 2019 to 2021 and expanded by doubling the £75 million investment to £150 million by 2021, leading to a £735 million UK investment to 2021, with partner countries providing matched resources within the Fund.

The Fund forms part of the UK's Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment which is monitored by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). ODA funded activity focuses on outcomes that promote the long-term sustainable growth of countries on the OECD Development Assistance Committee list - external link. Newton Fund countries represent a sub-set of this list.

Research Councils UK (RCUK) is one of several UK delivery partners for the Newton Fund and will be working strategically with partner countries to develop a series of research activities to address challenges defined by the overarching ambitions of the Fund. Additional leverage may be achieved through private foundations, multi-lateral organisations or corporate partners.

NERC will be running a number of calls and initiatives over the next five years supporting official development assistance. These will be with a range of Newton Fund partner countries and will include new research collaborations and capacity-building activities as well as building on existing NERC programmes.




Contact us

For any further information about NERC's Newton Fund role, please contact:

International Team
Natural Environment Research Council
Polaris House, North Star Avenue
Swindon, SN2 1EU