Four Royal Academy of Engineering projects have been shortlisted for the 2017 Newton Prize, an annual £1 million fund awarded for the best research or innovation that promotes the economic development and social welfare of developing countries.

The successful projects are working to address a range of challenges – from smart manufacturing in India and safer wireless medical devices in Malaysia, to flood management and 3D printing of metamaterial in Vietnam.

The four projects are:

  • Building Capacity in Collaborative Research for Advanced Manufacturing - Dr Ajith Kumar Parlikad, University of Cambridge and Dr Bhupesh Kumar Lad, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Indore
  • Development of Accurate Circuit Reliability Simulator for Malaysia's Electronics Industry - Dr Zhigang Ji, Liverpool John Moores University and Dr Sharifah Fatmadiana Bt Wan Muhammad Hatta, University of Malaya
  • Soft Engineering Approaches to Disaster Risk Reduction: A Case Study on Flood Management in the Mekong River Delta in Vietnam - Dr Oliver Hensengerth, Northumbria University and Associate Professor Thi Lanh Huong Nguyen, Thuyloi University
  • 3D Printing of Functional Photonic and Teraherz Metamaterials – Dr Liyang Yue, Bangor University and Dr Nguyen Trung Hieu, Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology

More than 150 Newton funded projects, fellowships or other awards applied for the Newton Prize from the eligible countries – India, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam, with 25 shortlisted for this year’s Prize.

The Newton Prize winners will be announced in November at celebratory award ceremonies held in each of the partner countries, with five Prizes of up to £200,000 awarded to each winner to advance or develop their projects.

The Minister for Universities, Science and Research Jo Johnson will also host a UK event in London in early December to celebrate the first year of the Prize and to announce the 2018 Newton Prize countries.

The Royal Academy of Engineering is one of 15 UK delivery partners for the Newton Fund, which builds research and innovation partnerships with 18 partner countries to support their economic development and social welfare, and to develop their research and innovation capacity for long-term sustainable growth. It has a total UK Government investment of £735 million up until 2021, with matched resources from the partner countries.

Notes for Editors

1.    The Newton Prize aims to incentivise researchers to participate in the Newton Fund as partners with the UK, and to work on the most important challenges facing Newton countries. The concept for the Newton Prize has been developed to demonstrate how UK partnerships with Newton countries are solving global challenges.

Further information is available on the Newton Fund website. Follow their Twitter feed for regular updates about the Newton Prize: @NewtonFund and #NewtonPrize.

2.    The award ceremonies will be held on:

  • India – 1 November
  • Thailand – 8 November
  • Malaysia – 14 November
  • Vietnam – 16 November

3.    Royal Academy of Engineering. As the UK’s national academy for engineering, we bring together the most successful and talented engineers for a shared purpose: to advance and promote excellence in engineering. We provide analysis and policy support to promote the UK’s role as a great place to do business. We take a lead on engineering education and we invest in the UK’s world-class research base to underpin innovation. We work to improve public awareness and understanding of engineering. We are a national academy with a global outlook.

We have four strategic challenges:
- Make the UK the leading nation for engineering innovation
- Address the engineering skills crisis
- Position engineering at the heart of society
- Lead the profession

For more information please contact:

Related articles