The Newton Fund has announced four new opportunities to fund international research collaboration:
British Council – Researcher Links Workshops: This will fund a cohort of UK and partner country early career researchers to take part in workshops to:
- build research capacity in developing economies
- build links for future collaboration
- enhance the researchers’ career opportunities
Funding is intended as a “contribution” to the workshops. Staff time to organise and participate in the workshops will not be covered, and is expected to be contributed “in-kind”. Only a small lump sum of £2,000 can be requested to cover administrative costs related to the workshops. Partner countries eligible to participate are: Brazil, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey and Russia. Deadline: 13th July.
British Council – Researcher Links Travel Grants: Researchers based in the UK and one of the partner countries may apply to spend up to 6 months in a research institution, either in the UK (for the partner country researcher) or in the partner country (for UK based researchers). Partner countries are: Turkey and Vietnam. Maximum rates apply for various categories of travel costs, including subsistence, visa and insurance. Applicants should check the full guidance available at the link. Deadline: 13th July.
MRC – UK-Brazil Neglected Infectious Diseases Partnership: This initiative will provide funding for collaborative research projects, focussed on neglected infectious diseases in Brazil. In total, up to £4.4m will be made available for this initiative. Up to £2.2m on the UK side (£2m from the MRC and £200k from the ESRC) with equivalent effort matched by the Brazilian funders. Full details on the scope of projects are available on the MRC website. Deadline: 1st July.
British Council – Newton-Bhabha PhD Placements: The programme will sponsor UK and Indian PhD scholars to spend a period of their study (3 to 6 months) in Indian and UK higher education institutions taking place between January 2016 and October 2016. The funding covers visa and economy airfare costs for the scholar, plus accommodation and stipend for the student. Deadline: 31st July.
If you are interested in applying for any of these opportunities, please contact your Faculty Research Funding and Policy Manager in the first instance.