The Newton Fund aims to promote the economic development and social welfare of either the partner countries or, through working with the partner country, to address the well being of communities. It will do so through strengthening partner country science and innovation capacity and unlocking further funding to support this work. It is part of the UK’s official development assistance (ODA).

The Fund was launched in 2014 and originally consisted of £75 million each year for 5 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. 

  • 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.

British Council Thailand is one of the delivery partners of Newton Fund. Our partners in Thailand include The Institute for the Promotion of Teaching Science and Technology (IPST), The National Science Technology and Innovation Policy Office (STI), The Office of the Higher Education Commission (OHEC), The Office of the Vocational Education Commission and The Thailand Research Fund (TRF).

Programme under the Newton Fund run by the British Council include: 

Programme Partner
Researcher Links TRF
Institutional Links  OHEC, STI and TRF
PhD Placement TRF
Professional Development and Engagement  TRF
STEM Education IPST, OBEC, and OVEC

The focus of the research areas range from the following: 

  • Environmental and Biological sciences
  • Technology Transfer 
  • Humanities and Social Science
  • Physical Sciences and Engineering
  • Agriculture and food security 
  • Health, and demographic change and migration

Current opportunities

Programme About the call Where to apply Deadline

PhD Placements for Scholars 

British Council and TRF are opening application for Thai PhD scholars under TRF scholarships to undertake a maximum of one year placement in the UK.

Apply here

Apply today until 6 July, 16.00 hrs Thailand time.

PhD Travel grants for Supervisors 

British Council and TRF are opening application for supervisors under TRF scholarships to visit the UK for up to two weeks, with up to three accompanying PhD students.

Apply here

Apply today until 6 July, 16.00 hrs Thailand time.

Institutional Links British Council, OHEC, and TRF are opening application to fund a one-year joint research project between Thai-UK institutions.

Apply here

Apply today until 8 June, 16.00 UK Time

Open call to participate in Workshops under Newton Fund Researcher Links Programme

Interested early-career researchers are invited to apply to join the workshops below:

Workshops Workshop Dates* Application Deadine Apply here

Topic: The implementation and challenges of multicultural education: What can Thailand learn from the experiences of the UK?

Hosted by: University of Roehampton and Mahidol University

5 - 8 June 2018 15 April 2018 Click here

Topic: Inclusive innovation for enhanced local experience in tourism

Hosted by: Royal Holloway, University of London and University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce

28 - 31 August 2018 20 May 2018 Click here

Topic: Energy storage technology to support sustainable agriculture

Hosted by: University of Sheffield and Mahanakorn University of Technology

January 2019 TBC TBC

Dates are subject to change.

Thailand Proposal Writing Workshop

Get some tips from Thailand Proposal Writing Workshop at the Newton Fund Day 2017 here.

Cafe Scientifique: Success stories of research under the Newton Fund

Watch our event Cafe Scientifique and get to know the 6 Institutional Links research here.


Newton Fund team at tel 02 657 5633 or email 

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