The Newton Fund aims to build research and innovation partnerships with the 16 partner countries to promote economic development and social welfare, and to develop their research and innovation capacity for long-term sustainable growth. It will do so through strengthening partner country science and innovation capacity and unlocking further funding to support this work.

Launched in 2014, the Fund is part of the UK’s official development assistance (ODA), consisting of the UK investment of £735 million until 2021, with partner countries providing matched resources within the Fund. 

The Newton Fund covers three broad activities:

  • People: increase capacity for science and innovation in partner countries.
  • Research: research collaborations on development topics.
  • Translation: create collaborative solutions to development challenges and strengthening innovation systems.

The Newton Fund is managed by the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), and British Council is one of the delivery partners of the Fund. In Thailand, the British Council works with national government partners in Education and Science, delivering programmes to build skills of researchers, and support collaborative research projects between Thailand and the UK. 

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