Newton Prize 2020 call opens: celebrating the best research and innovation partnerships

  • Newton Prize 2020 application portal now open
  • Eligible partnerships: UK and Egypt, Jordan, Kenya, South Africa, and Turkey
  • Five prizes of up to £200,000 to each winner


The £1 million Newton Prize 2020 call for applications is now open. This year the prize will be awarded for outstanding research and innovation partnerships between the UK and Egypt, Jordan, Kenya, South Africa, and Turkey respectively. 


The annual Newton Prize celebrates and encourage the collaborations that UK researchers have forged with colleagues in Newton Fund partner countries.  


Five prizes of up to £200,000 will be awarded, recognising one winning collaborative project in each country.


In the previous three years of the Newton Prize, applications have reflected the breadth of the Newton Fund’s work; from large research projects involving many institutions to awards for individual fellowships. Prizes have been awarded to projects tackling a wide range of global challenges, including: protecting maternal health, conserving natural resources, strengthening energy infrastructure, crop monitoring for global food security, and protecting coastal communities from the impacts of climate change.


  The projects will be peer reviewed and then judged by an independent committee led by our Newton Prize committee chair and Imperial College London president, Professor Alice Gast.

Professor Alice Gast said: "What I love about the Newton Prize, and the Newton Fund, is its emphasis on important cutting-edge research that matters, alongside its focus on collaboration and capacity building within the countries. We in the UK seek the very best partners wherever they are, and we don’t let political, cultural, or physical boundaries deter us.


"It is clear that the Newton Prize exemplifies the power of international collaboration.  We know from our work that international collaboration produces research with higher impact, papers that are more widely read, and insights and innovation that come from diversity of approach."


Find out more about the Newton Prize and how to apply.

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Become a reviewer

We are looking for experts to review Newton Prize applications. To become an expert reviewer for the Newton Prize, please complete this registration form.


Registrations to review the Newton Prize are welcomed from any country worldwide. You will need to provide evidence of how you are a recognised authority in your specialist field. Please note that there is no remuneration for Newton Prize reviewers; your time and expertise is greatly appreciated in the review process.


About the Newton Prize


The Newton Prize was launched in 2016 and is part of the Newton Fund. The Newton Prize was developed to demonstrate how UK partnerships with Newton Partner countries are solving global challenges. Each year prizes are awarded to the best research or innovation that promotes the economic development and social welfare of Newton partner countries, DAC List Countries or addresses global challenges, aligning with the Newton Fund’s overall objectives.


About the Newton Fund


The Newton Fund builds research and innovation partnerships with 17 active partner countries to support economic development and social welfare, and to develop 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. The Fund is part of the UK’s official development assistance.


The Newton Fund is managed by the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), and delivered through seven UK delivery partners, UK Research and Innovation (which comprises seven Research Councils and Innovate UK), the UK Academies, the British Council and the Met Office. The Newton Prize is administered by the United Kingdom National Commission for UNESCO (UKNC) on behalf of BEIS.


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