Researcher Links gives early career researchers from the UK and Malaysia the opportunity to form international connections through fully funded workshops and travel grants. 

The programme runs in around 15 other countries globally, and since the launch in 2013, thousands of researchers have benefited from Researcher Links. New international collaborations, networks and projects have already been formed directly from the early rounds of workshops.

Researcher Links will be running in Malaysia under the Newton-Ungku Omar Fund to enable knowledge exchange, as well as skills and career development – areas that are important for sustainable development.

The Newton-Ungku Omar Fund is an integral component of the Newton Fund. This forms part of the UK’s official development assistance programme, to develop science and innovation partnerships that promote the economic development and social welfare of developing countries.

Researcher Links Workshops

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.

Researcher Links Travel Grants

Researcher Links Travel Grants provide financial support for early-career researchers in country to undertake an international research placement in the UK, to strengthen links for future collaboration, build research capacity and enhance the researcher's career opportunities.


Newton Fund Researcher Links Regional workshop grants (South East Asia)

The British Council, in partnership with Academy of Sciences Malaysia have opened a call for proposals for workshop grants under the Newton Fund Researcher Links Regional programme.

Deadline for applications: 16:00 UK time, 19 September 2017. Proposals submitted after the deadline will not be considered for funding. 

Click here to apply for the Newton Fund Researcher Links Regional workshop grants. 

Once the workshop grants have been awarded, there will be an open recruitment for participants to attend the workshops. For more information, please contact the successful applicants of the workshop.

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Grants awarded 2016

UK Institution  Malaysian Institution  Workshop title
Loughborough University University of Malaya Developing an agenda for Fintech research in emerging economies
Durham University Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Increasing Climate Resilience of Urban Infrastructure
Imperial College London University of Malaya Neglected Diseases in SEA: Building Capacity in Epidemiological Modelling
Coventry University Universiti Putra Malaysia Innovative designs of sustainable agro-hydro-health systems for off-grid communities in a changing Malaysia
University of Manchester Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus, Malaysia Sensor technologies for smart future farming
University of Manchester Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Heritage Refurbishment Assessment Scheme (HeRAS) for Malaysia

Grants awarded 2015

UK Institution Malaysia Institution Workshop Title
University of Reading Crops For the Future Agri-Innovation Workshop: Building resilience to climate change in Malaysia through innovative and sustainable agricultural technologies
University of Surrey Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) Bioenergy, Biorefinery and Bioeconomy: Promoting innovation, multidisciplinary collaboration and sustainability
Queens University of Belfast, Northern Ireland Universiti Sains Malaysia Conservation of natural resources in coastal ecosystems for the benefit of mankind and global balance
The Pirbright Institute Universiti Putra Malaysia Emerging and Next Generation Vaccine Strategies Against Veterinary Viruses
Middlesex University Universiti Sains Malaysia Advancing Maternity Protection in Malaysia: Meeting Social Welfare and Business Needs, and Contributing to Economic Development
University of Kent Universiti Malaysia Sabah Enhancing Environmental Resilience in Expanding Oil Palm Landscapes: Setting Research Priorities and Fostering Networking Among Researchers and Stakeholders in Malaysia
University of Huddersfield Universiti Putra Malaysia Innovations in Aerated Food Processing for Sustainability, Health and Life

Grants awarded 2014

UK Institution  Malaysian Institution  Workshop title
University of Salford Universiti Teknologi Malaysia Towards capacity building for disaster risk reduction in Malaysia and the UK
Heriot Watt University Universiti Malaysia Terengganu Marine Science and Technology: promoting UK-Malaysian interdisciplinary research collaboration and career opportunities