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.


There will be an open recruitment for participants to attend the workshops awarded. For more information, please contact or You can also contact the workshop organiser when the information is available on this page.

There are currently no open call. You can keep up-to-date with all British Council calls via the Euraxess UK newsletter by subscribing here.

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


Grants Awarded 2017

UK Institution  Malaysia Institution  Workshop title
University of Aberdeen Universiti Putra Malaysia Developing interventions to encourage smoke-free homes in Malaysia
University of Warwick Monash University Malaysia Advancing work, health and well-being in rural and urban Malaysia
City University London University of Malaya Workshop on Bio-photonics For Medical Technologies 2018
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Universiti Sains Malaysia Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) data analysis and bioinformatics: Genomics of non-communicable diseases
British Geological Survey (BGS) Universiti Sains Malaysia The potential of groundwater in Malaysia’s resilient urban future
University of Westminster Universiti Malaysia Sabah Entrepreneurship Education for developing resilience in Social Enterprises
University of Leeds Universiti Putra Malaysia Climate Change and Urban Security Food: Innovative Design for Sustainable Food Systems to Improve Nutrition and Health

Grants awarded 2016

UK Institution  Malaysia 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 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  Malaysia 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