Newton Fund Regional Latin America Biodiversity Programme - Researcher Links travel grants and workshops

24 August 2017

Workshops and travel grants update: Please note the closing date for Phase I has been extended to 20 October 2017.

NERC and the British Council are pleased to announce a new Newton Funded Regional Latin America Programme to understand the role of biodiversity in underpinning ecosystem services and sustainable development. Countries included in this regional programme are Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru.

Through collaborative multinational research and capacity building, the Regional Latin American Biodiversity Programme aims to provide trans-regional level understanding of the role of biodiversity and ecosystem functioning and the services they provide in managing environments for sustainable development, such that informed environmental management is balanced with economic and social development needs. There are four priority areas:

  1. Understanding habitats and species.
  2. Biodiversity for sustainable livelihoods and bio-economy.
  3. Global climate change, biodiversity and ecosystems.
  4. Maintaining and restoring natural capital.

The Newton Fund Regional Latin American Biodiversity Programme will be delivered in two phases.

Phase 1 (this call) - Workshops and travel grants

Phase 1 is led by the British Council, which has launched the following capacity building and mobility schemes.

Closing date for both schemes is 16:00 BST on 20 October 2017.

Phase 1 schemes have the following three overarching objectives:

  • support international development relevant research
  • contribute to capacity building of researchers
  • establish new research links or significantly develop existing links, with the potential for longer term sustainability.

Newton Fund Researcher Links regional biodiversity workshops (Latin America)

The workshop grants are designed to provide financial support to bring together UK, partner country and regional researchers to form a multilateral cohort of researchers to meet the overarching objectives. In total, the activity will consist of four workshops conducted in either of the host countries (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru). The workshop attendees will be split into three equal quotas for UK, host country and regional researchers.

Workshops must take place between 1 March 2018 and 31 August 2018.

Please note that Universities UK International (UUKi) is offering the following support mechanisms to principal applicants and participants in the workshops:

  • UUKi matchmaking service for prospective workshop lead applicants (coordinators) who are looking for a co-applicant in the UK.
  • For applicants that already have a collaborator / co-applicant in the UK, help to recruit provisional workshop attendees (early career researchers) and mentors (established researchers).

Newton Fund Researcher Links biodiversity travel grants (Latin America)

The travel grants are designed to enhance and strengthen links for future collaboration, build research capacity in developing economies and enhance the researchers' career opportunities. The call is open to researchers meeting the eligibility requirements. The permitted duration of the visit depends on the country of origin and country of destination.

Travel must take place between 1 March 2018 and 31 August 2018.

Phase 2 (launching 2018) - Multilateral research programme

Phase 2 will be a three-year multilateral research call led by NERC, based on the thematic areas identified by the Latin American funders and developed within the workshops of Phase 1. Although it is not required for leading an application, prospective applicants interested in the Phase 2 research programme are strongly recommended to lead the workshops and utilise the travel grant funding opportunity.


If you have any queries regarding the Phase 1 call, please contact:

Natalia Toledo
British Council