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Latest Round of Newton Fund Calls

13 July 2017

The latest round of calls under the Newton Fund’s recurring programmes has just been announced. Details of the calls are below, all of which have a deadline of 19 September 2017.

As with all Newton Fund programmes, the aim of each call is 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. In this regard, all applications must meet the required relevance to economic development or social welfare (‘ODA compliance’ – see call guidelines for further information) of the partner country.

Newton Institutional Links

Newton Institutional Links aims to build UK-partner country research and innovation collaborations centred on shared research and innovation challenges which have direct relevance to social welfare and economic development.

This programme is designed to establish links beyond the level of the individual researcher and innovation practitioner, opening up opportunities for more sustainable, solution-oriented collaborations between academic groups as well as with the private and third sector (e.g. SMEs, NGOs, technology transfer offices and other not-for-profit organisations).

Partner countries may specify priority areas and will only accept applications within these. Priority areas are listed in the call document.

Partner countries: Egypt, Thailand, Turkey

Size of Grant: £50,000 – 300,000 (check call for details of country-specific limits)

Full call details

Newton Researcher Links Workshop Grants

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. Once funded, grants are available for early-career researchers in the UK and the country hosting the workshop to attend.

Partner countries may specify priority areas and will only accept applications within these. Priority areas are listed in the call document.

Partner countries: China, Philippines

Size of Grant: Depends on partner countries and number of attendees

Full call details

Newton Researcher Links Travel Grants

Researcher Links Travel Grants provide financial support for early-career researchers to undertake an international research placement to strengthen links for future collaboration, build research capacity in developing economies, and enhance the researcher’s career opportunities.

Researchers that reside in the UK can apply for funding to visit a university or research institution in one of the partner countries, and those residing in one of the partner countries can apply for funding to come to the UK.

Partner countries may specify priority areas and will only accept applications within these. Priority areas are listed in the call document.

Partner countries: Indonesia, Philippines, South Africa

Duration of visit: 1-6 months depending on partner country (check call for details)

Size of Grant: Depends on partner country and length of visit

Full call details

For help or advice with a proposed application under any of these calls, please contact the relevant member of the Research Development Team for your School.

Top Tips for International Collaboration

19 December 2016

In a recent post on Research Professional, Phil Ward (Deputy Director of Research at the University of Kent) outlines a top ten of tips on making, developing and sustaining international research collaborations. These tips make a great starting point for anyone looking to expand their international connections, which are increasingly important in the age of the Global Challenges Research Fund and Newton Fund.

See below for the ten tips. The full article is available to view here.

(Note: you will need to log in to your Research Professional account if you want to access the article off-campus. If you have forgotten your password you can reset it, your username is your Salford email address.)

Top Tips for International Collaboration

1. Start small, as they have as little spare time as you do

Starting an international collaboration is a considerable undertaking for both partners. Both of you are exploring links that have considerable potential, but take a lot of work and time to develop. It is therefore worth starting small. You don’t have to collaborate on, say, a global challenges bid immediately. Rather, consider joint authorship on a paper, a joint conference session, or a short exchange.

2. Know the set of things that they need and you could potentially deliver

Like any relationship, you need to be aware of what you can offer, and what is important to you. Think about the needs of your project (see below), and consider who (or which group) can help to meet that need.

3. List your must haves, nice to haves and definitely nots

There is no point working with people if the relationship doesn’t meet your needs, but think about what those needs are, and which of them are essential.

4. Find someone you feel comfortable working with rather than the best in the field

Further to this, be aware that you are getting into a long-term relationship, so the potential colleague needs to not only meet your research needs, but be someone who you can work with on a personal level.

5. Be flexible, never judgmental

Inevitably, you will need to give and take, and the cultural expectations of your collaborator may be very different. Don’t be inflexible: be willing to take on board their issues or concerns. You might not be able to meet them all, but giving due consideration with an open mind is crucial.

6. You don’t have to meet in person, but it helps

It’s tempting, in our pressured and time-poor world, to rely on the phone, email, and Skype, but nothing beats a personal meeting. Misunderstandings can be clarified, and a more personal bond can be forged between the partners.

7. Understand your differing cultural (and religious) norms

I’ve alluded to this already, but it bears repeating. Particularly outside of the global north, expectations, priorities and beliefs vary hugely, and you need to be sensitive to them. This is a partnership of equals, and your collaborator should be treated as such.

8. Understand the universal principles of reciprocation, and valuation

Following on from this, you should not do all of the taking. You need to value and respect your collaborator’s work, and the pressures in their life. Offer help and support when it’s needed, if you expect them to do the same for you.

9. Be prepared to carry any collaboration, at least for a while

The ideal collaboration may take a while to form, so be open and adaptable as it coalesces. You may need to do more than your fair share initially if you want it to work, but the effort will be worth it, if it means the collaboration will be stronger as a result.

10. When they are busy you might be free, when you are busy they might be free: look at this as an opportunity

Collaborators’ work schedules often differ from yours; if you wait until both are free then this is a disadvantage, because it probably means ‘never’. However you can turn this into an advantage if you keep moving forwards when you are free (but they are busy) and in return they move forwards when they are free (but you are busy). That way you can build and maintain good momentum.

Throughout the collaboration, flexibility, understanding, and a healthy attitude of respect are essential. However, you need to go into any joint project with a full knowledge of your needs and what you hope to get out of it. The journey to fulfilling these may be circuitous and unexpected, but the golden rule is that if you keep the best interests of your collaborator in mind, the collaboration will work and will provide a huge amount of additional benefit besides.

Latest Newton Fund Opportunities

20 July 2016

There are a number of calls currently open as part of the UK Government’s Newton Fund, which supports research activity between the UK and 15 partner countries in the developing world.

All activity supported under the Newton Fund must promote the economic development and social welfare of either the partner countries or, through working with the partner country, to address the well being of communities. A range of activities are supported, from travel/mobility grants to Fellowships to long term institutional collaboration.

Current calls open for applications include:

Newton Advanced Fellowships (Medical or Clinical Sciences) Partner country: China

Newton Advanced Fellowships (Social Sciences / Humanities) Partner countries: Malaysia, Mexico, South Africa

Newton Research Collaboration Programme (Engineering) Partner countries: Brazil, Mexico, South Africa, Turkey, Vietnam

Newton Mobility Grants (Social sciences / Humanities) Partner countries: South Africa, Turkey, Vietnam

Institutional Links Partner countries: Brazil, Colombia, Egypt, Thailand, Vietnam

Researcher Links Travel Grants Partner countries: South Africa, Thailand

For a full list of currently open calls, please visit the Newton Fund website.

For further information please follow the links above or contact your Funding Team representative.