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Two projects shortlisted for 2018 Newton Prize

28 Sep 2018

Two MRC projects have been shortlisted for the 2018 Newton Prize, an annual £1 million fund awarded for the best research or innovation that promotes the economic development and social welfare of developing countries.

The successful MRC projects are working to address childhood obesity in Mexico and studying the role of two types of immune cells in the development of a parasitic disease called leishmaniasis in Brazil.

This year, 140 Newton funded projects, fellowships or other awards applied for the Newton Prize from the eligible Latin American countries. There are 22 shortlisted applicants in total and four prizes of up to £200,000 each will be awarded to the winning projects. There will also be an additional prize (the Chair’s Award) of £200,000 for a project with the potential for broader impact with other developing countries.

The shortlisted projects will be celebrated at awards ceremonies taking place in Brazil, Chile, Columbia and Mexico in November, where the winning project for that country will be announced. These events will be followed by a UK reception in December to celebrate international and science innovation collaborations hosted by Sam Gyimah MP, the Minister for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation.

The MRC is one of 15 UK delivery partners for the Newton Fund, which builds research and innovation partnerships with 18 partner countries to support their economic development and social welfare. The aim is to develop their 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 Newton Prize aims to incentivise researchers to participate in the Newton Fund as partners with the UK and to work on the most important challenges facing Newton countries. The concept for the Newton Prize has been developed to demonstrate how UK partnerships with Newton countries are solving global challenges.

Further information is available on the Newton Fund website. Follow their Twitter feed for regular updates about the Newton Prize: @NewtonFund and #NewtonPrize

Visit our Newton Fund page to learn more about open initiatives and funding opportunities.


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