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About Newton Fund

The Newton Fund builds research and innovation partnerships with 18 partner countries to support economic development and social welfare, and to develop 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 15 UK delivery partners, which include the Research Councils, the UK Academies, the British Council, Innovate UK and the Met Office. 

For further information visit the Newton Fund website (www.newtonfund.ac.uk) and follow on Twitter: @NewtonFund.

About the Newton-Bhabha Fund

The partnership with India is called the Newton-Bhabha Fund, which brings together UK and Indian scientific research and innovation sectors to find joint solutions to global challenges. 

Priorities for India

Together, UK and India have identified the following priority areas for the Newton-Bhabha partnership:

  • Sustainable cities and urbanisation
  • Public health and wellbeing
  • Energy-water-food nexus 
  • Understanding oceans 

with two underpinning capabilities:

  • High value manufacturing, and
  • Big data.

The Fund covers three broad categories of activity:

  1. People: building skills and capacity through training and people exchanges;
  2. Research: research collaboration on development topics;
  3. Translation: taking innovation from universities to industry.

Planned Activities

British Council India leads on a number of capacity building activities under the Newton Bhabha Fund to enhance scientific research in India. These include:

  • PhD placements for young Indian and UK students to spend 2-4 months of their research at any UK university or Indian university.
  • Researcher Link Workshops: Newton Bhabha Researcher Links workshops, initiative run in partnership with the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) provides opportunities for early career researchers from the UK and India to interact, learn    from one another, and builds long-lasting working relationships through workshops in areas that directly benefit Indian economic and social prosperity.
  • Women in Science workshops: The transition of women in the field of science from high school to advanced degrees has been described as a ‘leaky pipeline’, with numbers steadily falling with each advancing career stage. At the fourth ministerial meeting of UK-India Science and Innovation Council, both India and the UK agreed to explore opportunities to develop future work through the Newton-Bhabha Fund in the area of Diversity in Science, particularly the representation of women in leadership roles. British Council through the Newton-Bhabha Fund in partnership with IISER Pune delivers workshops for women scientists on ‘Opportunities for Widening Participation of Women in Science.

Get more information

Please visit the Newton Fund website for further information and all funding opportunities.

Contact: Purti Kohli (Senior Project Manager – Higher Education & Society) Purti.Kohli@britishcouncil.org

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