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    Newton Fund Briefing Session
    Provider   Organisational and Staff Development Unit

    The session will provide an overview of the Newton Fund, part of the UK's official development assistance (ODA). Attendees will gain a better understanding of ODA and receive up-to-date information on the latest opportunities, with a focus on the British Council Links’ calls.

Duration 1 hour 30 mins

Course Type Presentation

Booking Status Waiting List

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Target Audience: Academic and Research Staff

UK Official Development Assistance

The UK government has a commitment to spending at least 0.7% of UK GNI annually on Official Development Assistance (ODA). In line with the Government’s new approach to aid spending, an increasing share of this aid budget will be spent on research activities, ensuring that the UK’s world leading science, research and development base is working in collaboration with international partners to tackle global problems and to promote the economic development and social welfare of developing countries.

The Newton Fund

The Newton Fund is part of the UK’s ODA, administered by BEIS and delivered through 15 UK deliver partners. It has a UK investment of £735 million and runs from 2014-2021.

The aim of the Newton Fund is to develop science and innovation partnerships with emerging powers: China, India and Brazil are among the 18 partner countries.  The fund covers three broad activities: People; Research; and Translation.  Activities must be developed with at least one of the partnering countries and be eligible for ODA.

British Council Newton Fund: Institutional Links & Researcher Links

These calls are due to open for applications W/C 09/04.

  • Institutional Links grants facilitate research that tackles local development challenges such as extreme weather conditions, access to affordable health care, food and energy security.  They should be used to start and develop collaborations between academic groups, departments and institutions in partner countries and the UK
  • Researcher Links provides early career researchers with travel grants and funding for workshops.  They should establish new research links or significantly develop existing links, with the potential for longer term sustainability

As a result of the session, participants will have:

  • an overview of the Newton Fund, including the overall budgets available, the eligible countries, and the various types of funding schemes
  • an up-to-date picture of the content and deadlines of current open Calls for Proposals
  • more detailed information on the British Council Institutional & Researcher Links’ calls
  • a better understanding of Official Development Assistance (ODA), including how to ensure that your project is ODA compliant
  • heard hints and tips from a previous grantee

Delivered By: Clare McLaren, International Engagements Co-ordinator & Janey Andrews, International Development Manager



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Cancellation Policy

When applying for a course, you should note that there will be a £50* to your department if you cancel within 5** working days or you do not attend, and a £25 charge for cancellations/ non-attendance between 6 and 10 working days. There will be no charge for cancellation made 10 or more working days before the event. Notifications should be made to OSDU@strath.ac.uk

A department is welcome to send someone else in your place if they wish without incurring a charge, providing that person has the necessary pre-requisites for the course. In the case of courses split over more than one day, you must attend ALL parts of the course. If you fail to attend any part you will be charged as outlined above.

*This is the standard charge for cancellation or non-attendance of course of 1 days duration or less. For some courses there may be a higher cancellation charge and if this is the case you will be advised of this at the time of booking.

**Any bookings made within 10 days of the event will incur the charges as specified.