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UCL receives five Newton Fund Advanced Fellowships

By Kerry Milton, on 25 June 2015

The Academy of Medical Sciences, the British Academy and the Royal Society have announced the first round of recipients of their new research funding scheme, the Newton Advanced Fellowships, including five UCL academics.

The scheme provides established international researchers with an opportunity to develop the research strengths and capabilities of their research groups through training, collaboration and reciprocal visits with a partner in the UK.

The Fellowships awarded will last for up to three years and are support researchers across the natural sciences, medical sciences, social sciences and humanities. Recipients will receive up to £37,000 for each year.

The UCL award winners are:

UCL academic and department
Partner academic and university
Dr Huiliang Li, Wolfson Institute of Biomedical Research Dr Wenlin Li, Second Military Medical University in Shanghai, China Towards rapid and efficient production of oligodendrocyte precursors from human pluripotent stem cells
Dr Paola Oliveri, Department of Genetics, Evolution & Environment Dr Jiang Liu, Beijing Institute of Genomics, Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, China Epigenetic control of development: Inheritance and reprogramming of parental DNA methylomes in sea urchins
Professor Stephan Beck, UCL Cancer Institute Professor Andrew Teschendorff, Chinese Academy of Sciences and Shanghai Institute for Biological Sciences, China Dissection of Intra-Sample Epigenetic Heterogeneity using Blind Source Separation Algorithms
Professor Richard Catlow, Department of  Chemistry Professor Hasani Chauke, University of Limpopo, South Africa Computational Modelling for Titanium Development
Dr Emiliano De Cristofaro, Department of Computer Science Professor Alptekin Küpçü from Koç University, Turkey Password-based and Social Authentication: Preventing Phishing and Malware

The Newton Advanced Fellowships are supported through the Newton Fund, a £375 million fund (£75 million a year for five years) which, through science and innovation partnerships, aims to promote the economic development and welfare of poor people in developing countries. The fund is overseen by the Department for Businesses Innovation and Skills (BIS) and delivered through 15 delivery partners in collaboration with 15 partnering countries.

Further information on the scheme is available at the British Academy website

What is the Newton Fund?

By Kerry Milton, on 27 October 2014

The Newton Fund is part of the UK’s official international development assistance. This new funding is designed to promote the long term economic development and welfare of people in partner countries and unlock new opportunities for HEIs to contribute and build partnerships.

The fund is worth £75 million each year from 2014 for 5 years, predicated upon reciprocal funding in cash or kind from each partner country.

The partner countries have been confirmed as 15 fast-developing economies, identified by OECD:

  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Egypt
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Kazakhstan
  • Malaysia
  • Mexico
  • Philippines
  • South Africa
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • Vietnam

The fund has a governance board chaired by the Minister for Universities and Science, while BIS will oversee the management of the fund via a core group of ‘delivery partners’, including various academies, the British Council and International Higher Education Unit, Research Councils UK, Technology Strategy Board (TSB) and the Met Office.

The fund is organised into a wide-ranging series of collaborative programmes grouped into three ‘pillars’: People, Programmes, Translation.

Each UK delivery partner has a particular role in promoting different programmes; see Newton Fund Programme Descriptions [PDF] for further information.

Each partner country decides upon its own priorities in consultation with the UK delivery partners and UK diplomatic centres in-country, according to local need and the local availability of reciprocal matching resources.

How to apply

UCL applications for Newton funding will follow the applicant’s usual departmental procedures in line with the relevant Newton Fund delivery partner’s requirements. Further guidance if required can be obtained from the research facilitation team member for the appropriate School, visit the Office of the Vice Provost for Research website for contact information

Useful information

An overview of the BIS policy [webpage]

The Newton Fund Programme Descriptions [PDF]

Government Newton Fund Presentation [PowerPoint]

Frequently asked questions [PDF]

Universities UK International Unit maintains an up-to-date web page as a one-stop for all current calls [webpage]

Universities UK International Unit runs an email alert service for all new calls, and UCL colleagues are encouraged to sign up for this [webpage]