British Council: Newton Fund Researcher Links Workshop Grants

Deadline: 19 September 2017

The Newton Fund, a UK Government initiative funded by the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), is seeking applications for its “Newton Researcher Links Workshop Grant” to promote the economic development and welfare of either the partner countries or, through working with the partner country, to address the problems of low-income and vulnerable populations.

Newton Researcher Links Workshops bring together early-career researchers from the UK and a partner country to make international connections that can improve the quality of their research.

Objectives

  • Support international development-relevant research
  • Contribute to capacity building of early career researchers
  • Establish new research links or significantly develop existing links, with the potential for longer term sustainability

Priorities

Under this call, the following research and innovation challenge areas will be given priority. Multidisciplinary proposals are welcome, and may include social sciences and arts and humanities. The challenge areas are as follows:

  • Agriculture, (e.g. irrigation, crop yields)
  • Climate and environment, (e.g. climate change, green technology, sustainable development, ecosystem services, resource scarcity)
  • Sustainable energy for all
  • Education research for development
  • Economic growth, (e.g. equitable growth, financial sector development, private sector development)
  • Health, (e.g. HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, neglected tropical diseases, child mortality, maternal health)
  • Water and sanitation
  • Food and nutrition (including food security)
  • Demographic change and migration
  • Rural and urban development
  • Infrastructure (including civil engineering, information and communication technologies, big data for social and economic development)
  • Humanitarian disasters and emergencies, disaster risk reduction
  • Resilient and connected communities
  • Governance, society and conflict, (e.g. transparency, accountability, effective institutions, land and natural resource rights, poverty alleviation, social development, structural inequalities, violence and security, peace building, civil society)
  • Development-relevant data collection, quality and access (including administrative data and macroeconomic statistics).

Partner Country

Workshops can be proposed between the UK, China and the Philippines.

Eligibility Criteria

Proposals must fulfill the following criteria in order to be eligible for funding under this Programme:

  • Each proposal must have one Principal Applicant from the UK and one Principal Applicant from the partner country
  • Both Principal Applicants must be Leading Researchers or Established Researchers
  • Principal Applicants cannot assume role of workshop Mentors
  • Principal Applicants must be permanent employees of one of the following (this means that Emeritus and Honorary Professors may not apply as lead):
    • A not-for-profit higher education institution
    • A UK higher education institution (all UK higher education institutions are eligible)
    • A not-for-profit research organisation. A Catapult Centre (in the case of the UK Principal Applicant).
  • Both of the Principal Applicants’ institutions (the ‘Lead Institutions’) must have the capacity to administer the grant where contracting requires
  • Individual departments within a single institution can make multiple applications per call provided that the proposed activities are clearly different
  • Principal Applicants may only submit one Researcher Links application per Researcher Links call.
  • Principal Applicants that have received Researcher Links grants in previous years can submit further applications for Researcher Links provided the proposed activities are clearly distinct from, or build on, any already funded through the Newton Fund. .
  • Organisations affiliated to higher education institutions in the UK or any other country and based in the partner country, (e.g. an overseas campus) may apply as the Lead Institution in the partner country provided that other eligible higher education institutions or research organisations are also involved as Associated Partners in-country.
  • Organisations cannot apply as Lead Institutions in Links with their own affiliates in other countries.
  • Not-for-profit higher education institutions or publicly-funded research organisations are eligible to apply as Lead Institutions. For-profit organisations and not-for-profit organisations can participate in but are usually not eligible to apply for Researcher Links grants. Furthermore, for-profit organisations are not eligible to receive any grant funds.

How to Apply

Applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit Newton Fund.

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