Newton Fund Researcher Links

About Institutional Links

Newton Institutional Links provides grants for the development of research and innovation collaborations between the UK and Thailand. The research facilitated by these grants tackles local development needs and challenges such as extreme weather conditions, access to affordable health care, food and energy security.

The grants are intended to provide small-scale seed funding to:

  • start and develop collaborations between academic groups, departments and institutions in partner countries and the UK
  • support the exchange of expertise and research knowledge
  • establish local hubs for UK-partner country activities.

Open call for application

Calls for Institutional Links 2018/19 will be funded by either 1) Thailand Research Fund (TRF), or 2) Office of Higher Education Commission (OHEC)

1) Thailand Research Fund

Thai co-funder

Thailand Research Fund

Thematic priority areas

 

  • Big data, Artificial Intelligence and Brain Science
  • Innovation-oriented education research for capacity building
  • Demographic change, and rural / urban development
  • Governance, society and conflict
  • Innovative and Sustainable Competitiveness in Food & Drink Technology
  • Health & Life Sciences
  • Energy

 

Duration of grants 12 months
Size of grant £50,000 - £100,000 
Application submission One application per one Thai-UK partner on UK system.
Contractual arrangements

British Council will contract and pay 50% of the approved grant to UK applicants; OHEC will contract and pay 50% of the approved grant to Thai applicants.

Other considerations

In requesting for the budget, the Thai applicant must request no more than 50% of the total grant and the UK applicant must request no more than 50% of the total grant. 

Thai applicants only:

  • Thai lead applicant must not hold senior / executive position (Dean level or above).
  • Human Resources cost for Thai applicant must not exceed 15% of Thai grant.
  • Thai applicants must follow additional guidelines as outlined by TRF
  • In addition to joint report submission via Researchfish, Thai applicants must also submit narrative and financial report to TRF.

2) Office of Higher Education Commission

Thai co-funder

Office of Higher Education Commission

Thematic priority areas

10 targeted S-Curve Industries

  • Next-generation Automotive
  • Smart Electronics
  • Affluent, Medical and Wellness Tourism
  • Agriculture and Biotechnology
  • Food for the Future
  • Robotics
  • Aviation and Logistics
  • Biofuels and Biochemicals
  • Digital
  • Medical Hub

Duration of grants

12 months

Size of grant

£50,000 - £100,000 

Application submission

One application per one Thai-UK partner on UK system.

Contractual arrangements

British Council will contract and pay 50% of the approved total grant to UK applicants; OHEC will contract and pay 50% of the approved total grant to Thai institutions.

Other considerations

In requesting for the budget, the Thai applicant must request no more than 50% of the total grant and the UK applicant must request no more than 50% of the total grant.

Applicants must show engagement to industry and how to foster sustainable collaboration.

Thai applicants only:

  • Thai applicant institution must be under administration of OHEC. List of eligible institutions can be found here

  • In addition to joint report submission via Researchfish, Thai applicants must also submit the financial report to OHEC.

For more information, please contact Newton Fund team at tel 02 657 5633, newtonfund@britishcouncil.or.th.

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