Newton-Ungku Omar Fund

Fund is a £375 million fund which, through science and innovation partnerships, promotes the economic development and welfare of poor people in partnering countries. It aims to strengthen science and innovation capacity and unlock further funding to support poverty alleviation. It is delivered through 15 UK delivery partners in collaboration with 15 partner countries. Activities are in three broad areas:

People: increasing capacity for science and innovation in partner countries.

Research: research collaborations on development topics.

Translation: creating collaborative solutions to development challenges and strengthening innovation systems.

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British Council/HE International Unit programmes/Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT)

Under the Newton-Ungku Omar Fund the British Council, working with the HE International Unit and the Royal Society of Chemistry to deliver the Newton Fund, is aiming to run programmes in 4 areas outlined below, in partnership with the Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT), Academy of Sciences Malaysia, Ministry of Higher Education and Ministry of Edation as part of the Science to Action (S2A) initiative undertaken by the Government of Malaysia.

  • Researcher Links: (under an overarching Researcher Mobility programme run alongside the Academies): workshops and travel grants for research visits, with a focus on early career researchers.
  • Institutional Links: grants for establishing links between higher education and research institutions, and businesses, with the aim of translating research into benefit for poor communities and driving economic development in partner countries.
  • Professional Development and Engagement: building the skills of researchers in areas such as communication and research management, as well as supporting good research governance and community and policymaker engagement.
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education: supporting STEM education through a variety of mechanisms such as the development of STEM teaching resources, or piloting novel STEM initiatives.
  • Dengue Tech Challenge 2016: This initiative aims to support proposals for collaborative projects that bring together experts from Malaysia and the United Kingdom to focus on commercialisation of dengue-related research and products in Malaysia.


All calls will be listed on this page and the relevant programme page. Successful applications will be listed on the relevant programme page.

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For information on all calls under the Newton Fund, including those from the other UK delivery partners, subscribe to the Higher Education International Unit’s Newton Fund newsletter here.

Newton Researcher Link workshop grants is now open for applications, deadline 1600 (UK time) 19 September 2016. Researcher Links Workshops bring together early-career researchers from the UK and country to allow them to make international connections that can improve the quality of their research and open doors to new international opportunities.

Live Science Talk Show and Science Communication Training is now open for applications, deadline 1500 (Malaysia time) 24 August 2016. Please download the briefing note and application form as below.