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The Newton Fund

Please note that MRC has temporarily suspended all of its Newton funding opportunities whilst Official Development Assistance funding is reviewed. If you are looking to apply for funding please refer to the UKRI funding finder for a list of open funding opportunities. Please contact international@mrc.ukri.org for more information.


The Newton Fund was set up by UK government in 2014 to promote the economic development and social welfare of either the partner countries or, through working with the partner country, to address the wellbeing of communities. It will do so through strengthening partner country science and innovation capacity and unlocking further funding to support this work. It is part of the UK’s official development assistance (ODA)

The Fund was launched in 2014 and originally consisted of £75 million each year for five years. In the 2015 UK Spending Review it was agreed to extend and expand the Fund. The Newton Fund was extended from 2019 to 2021 and expanded by doubling the £75 million investment to £150 million by 2021, leading to a £735 million UK investment to 2021, with partner countries providing matched resources within the Fund. The Fund is managed by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and delivered through 15 UK delivery partners, which includes the seven research councils. Information about funding opportunities across all partners is available through the Newton Fund funding opportunities website.



The MRC and the Newton Fund

Between 2014 and 2016 the MRC committed approximately £45 million through Newton Fund activities to support collaborative research partnerships that help to fulfil the development needs of partner countries. Read about some of our highlights.

Over the next few years the MRC will run several Newton Fund calls and initiatives supporting official development assistance. These initiatives, which will be in collaboration with a range of Newton Fund partner countries, will cover an array of scientific areas.

Dr Mark Palmer, Director of International Strategy at the MRC, says: “The Newton Fund is an exciting UK government initiative to promote and advance scientific research in developing countries. The MRC is committed to improving global health, and this can only be achieved through coordinated international collaboration and capacity building initiatives. We look forward to working closely with other delivery partners to maximise the impact of the Newton Fund on the numerous health challenges of developing countries.”

Open initiatives

None at this time.

Recently closed initiatives and funding opportunities

Other Newton Fund opportunities

There are many other partners involved in the delivering of the Newton Fund. Funding opportunities across all partners are listed on the Newton Fund funding opportunities webpage and on partner-specific websites:

More information can be found on the BEIS website.


For enquiries regarding the Newton Fund please contact:

The MRC International Team
International Strategy Manager