This scheme is closed for applications. The next round will open in January 2017.


The Newton Research Collaboration Programme is a component of the UK Newton Fund, which aims to develop science and innovation partnerships to promote the economic development and social welfare of developing countries.

The main focus of the Newton Research Collaboration Programme is to support the aims of the Newton Fund by facilitating international exchanges lasting between three months and one year between researchers in the UK and their counterparts in selected Newton Fund Partner Countries.  

Exchanges can be either one- or two-way in direction, and should form part of a collaborative research project, incorporating visits and dissemination activities.

Awards provide funding at a flat rate of £2,000 per month of exchange visit (up to £24,000 for 12 months' total exchange), regardless of the direction of travel or whether the exchange is one- or two-way. Each single exchange visit in either direction must last at least three months.


The scheme's objectives are to:

  • Support the aims of the Newton Fund by enhancing social welfare, economic development and research capacity in the partner country
  • Enable excellent researchers to share knowledge, gain international experience, and access world-class expertise and facilities
  • Promote and develop sustainable research collaborations that continue beyond the duration of the programme
  • Strengthen relations between leading researchers in the UK and partner countries.

How to apply

This scheme is closed for applications. The next round will open in January 2017.

All applications must be submitted via the online grants system. Applications can only be submitted by the UK researcher. Partner country-based researchers wishing to apply to travel to the UK must apply through a UK host researcher. Applicants should ensure they read the guidance notes below before submitting their application.

We particularly welcome applications from early career researchers.

Application form (via our online grant system - you must first register with the system and create an account)

Newton Research Collaboration Programme guidance notes (233.19 KB)

For any questions concerning the application or the online applications system, please contact Sarah Plumb or the  International Team.


Please also be aware that the Royal Society and the British Academy operate similar Newton Fund programmes for the sciences and for humanities and social science disciplines respectively. 

British Academy website - Newton Fund

Royal Society website - Newton Fund

For more information on the Newton Fund, please see the UK government’s Newton Fund policy paper and the UK Higher Education International Unit websites.

Newton Fund policy paper

HE International Unit website