What is the Newton Fund?

What is ODA?

How do I apply?

Does my university need to see my application before I submit?

How much funding is available?

What can the funding be used for?

What can the funding not be used for?

How will the funding be paid out?

If we don't use all the funding, can we keep it for other activities?

What is the assessment process?

How will the project be overseen and monitored?

 

What is the Newton Fund?

The Newton Fund uses science and innovation partnerships to promote the economic development and social welfare of partner countries. It does this through collaboration with partner countries and working with 15 UK delivery partners. The Newton Fund is also part of the UK's official development assistance (ODA).

Find out more about the Newton Fund.

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What is ODA?

ODA is official development assistance. Because the Newton Fund is part of the UK’s official development assistance, research carried out as part of this scheme must address a problem that is directly relevant to the social and economic development of developing countries. More guidance on ODA can be found here.

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How do I apply?

All applicants must submit an application form via the Academy's online system, together with CVs and supporting information. More information can be found in the How to apply section.

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Does my university need to see my application before I submit?

We require a letter of support from the Turkish applicant's line manager. For most researchers applying to the scheme, this will be the Head of Department.  We also require your university research support office or equivalent to sign a declaration which will be attached to your application.  This will state that they are aware of the application, have checked the costs included in the application are correct, and will ensure correct administration of the award if the application is successful. This ensures the relevant administrative processes can be followed within the university.

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How much funding is available?

For an individual Distinguished Visiting Fellow, the maximum contribution available per award is £6,000. For a group of Distinguished Visiting Fellows (four or more visitors), the maximum contribution available per award is £30,000. You will be required to show a breakdown of your requested funding in the application and justify all costs sought.

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What can the funding be used for?

The funding is a grant to cover travel (to/from and within Turkey), accommodation, living expenses and other travel costs such as visa fees. Travel should be standard (or equivalent) class, not business or first class. 25% of the total requested value can also be allocated to research costs or other costs, such as organisating research workshops or seminars in Turkey which are directly related to the collaborative project.

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What can the funding not be used for?

The funding cannot be used to cover the expenses of anyone who has not been named in the application as a Visiting Fellow or the Lead Turkish applicant.

It cannot be used to pay for staff salaries or running costs of the host institution.

No more than 25% of the total funding requested can be allocated to project specific research costs.

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How will the funding be paid out?

Funding will be paid to the UK institution. The UK institution is expected to follow their own procedures for distributing the funding or reimbursing expenses. Please ask your research support office for advice if necessary. At the end of the visit, the UK institution must provide an expenditure statement.

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If we don't use all the funding, can we keep it for other activities?

If, during the visit, you expect that you will have some funding remaining due to costs being lower than expected (due to finding a cheaper accommodation rate, etc), you may contact us to request to use the unspent money on additional project activities during the visit to Turkey – for example, additional trips to other Turkish universities or industries.

If the Statement of Expenditure shows underspend on the grant, the unused funds must be returned to the Academy.

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What is the assessment process?

A steering group composed of Fellows of the Academy will review the applications, before meeting to discuss the final selection.

All applications will be assessed against a number of factors. These include the extent to which the application complies with the aims and objectives of the scheme, as well as the following criteria:

  • Eminence of the selected visitor(s) (and their academic centre of excellence) and the potential for a valuable contribution to the host organisation and to the engineering community in Turkey
  • Quality and feasibility of the proposed programme of work, collaboration and disssemination activities
  • Strength and support for the application
  • Potential for future links, collaboration and networking
  • Added value the Award would provide

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How will the project be overseen and monitored?

An end-of-visit report of around 1,000 to 1,500 words must be submitted within one month of completion of the visit to describe how the opportunity provided by the award was used. The payment of the award to the UK university or institution will be dependent on receipt of a satisfactory report. The report should follow the reporting guidelines which will be provided by the programme manager after the award has been made.

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