Under its remit as a delivery partner of the Newton Fund, the Academy has partnered with TUBITAK to strengthen capacity and develop capabilities within Turkish engineering higher education and research institutions to enhance their engineering education, research and innovation output through strengthening industry linkages and leveraging UK expertise.

The Programme is based upon the premise that strategic linkages between industry and academia can improve quality and foster innovation and entrepreneurship within engineering, in turn enhancing employability of graduates and boosting economic development through application-inspired research and innovation.

Through this Programme the Academy aims to support case studies of excellence in bilateral collaboration which in themselves will generate significant long-term benefit, as well as produce models replicable by others and generate lessons which can help inform bilateral and national-level higher education, research and innovation policy.

For more information on the Programme, please download the Programme Brochure:

Programme Brochure (5.15 MB)

This call offers financial support for travel, subsistence and salary support costs related to visits and exchanges that support collaborative activities amongst industry and academic partners in Turkey and the UK.

Under this call we will support proposals that fit with one or more of the IAPP’s identified outcome areas:

  1. Enhanced industry input into engineering curricula and teaching in Turkish universities to improve the quality and uptake of practical engineering skills and help develop a talent pipeline and encourage entrepreneurship in emerging and/ or currently skill-scarce industries
  2. Develop new partnerships and strengthen bilateral collaboration in engineering research and knowledge-sharing between industry and academia counterparts to develop new capabilities within Turkish universities
  3. Formation of deep, strategic bilateral partnerships between industry and academia around application-inspired engineering research and innovation which aims to solve economic and social development challenges faced by Turkey or globally 
  4. Improved industry-academia interface to help systemically foster deeper engagement amongst actors in the innovation eco-systems of both countries and create different models of industry-academic engagement for wider sharing and adoption


The lead applicant will be an individual at a Turkish university which must propose a means of collaboration with co-applicants that meet the above-identified Programme outcome areas. Co-applicants must include at least one local industry partner and at least one UK university or research institution partner. Additional university and industry partners are not obliged but are encouraged, especially the involvement of UK industry partners from academic spin-out and SME sectors.  Industry partners are defined broadly and may be institutions of any size within private, public or NGO sectors.

As a result of the call, a series of grants in the range of GBP £10,000 to GBP £50,000 will be issued. The project duration will not exceed 24 months, including all project activities and final reporting. The proposed start date for the project must be within April 2018 and all projects, including submission of reports, must be completed by end of April 30 2020.

Applications aligned to Government of Turkey Missions and Strategies related to economic development, environmental sustainability and education are particularly encouraged. 

Applications can only be submitted by the lead institution and must be submitted via the Academy's online grants system. Applicants should ensure they read the guidance notes, which detail the different materials needed for the application before submitting their application.

For any questions concerning the programme, please contact Shaarad Sharma or the International team.