Newton Fund

Official Development Assistance (ODA) update

Please refer to ODA review for the latest information on ODA.


The Newton Fund - external link is part of the UK's commitment to spend 0·7% of Gross National Income on Official Development Assistance (ODA). The goal of the fund is to stimulate economic and social development of 17 selected partner countries - external link on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation & Development Development Assistance Committee list.

Atmospheric Pollution & Human Health in a Developing Megacity Announcement of Opportunity: China phase 2

Closing date: 25 Apr

8 Jan 2018

Proposals are invited for the second phase of the Atmospheric Pollution & Human Health (APHH) China programme. NERC and MRC (with a budget from the Newton Fund) will support UK researchers to work with Chinese collaborators to deliver additional targeted research to exploit and enhance the measurements collected through the programme and with stakeholders to ensure better and wider utility and impact of the research.

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Launched in 2014, the fund originally had a budget of £75 million each year for five years (2014-2019), which was extended and expanded to £150 million per year for 2019-2021, leading to a total of £735 million UK investment by 2021, with partner countries providing matched resources

The intention of the fund is to use the UK's science and innovation strengths to collaborate on partner developing country challenges to support their economic development and social welfare.

UK Research & Innovation is one of several UK delivery partners - external link for the Newton Fund. It is working strategically with partner countries to develop a series of activities to address challenges defined by the overarching ambitions of the Fund. Additional leveraged funds may be achieved through private foundations, multi-lateral organisations or corporate partners.

Since 2014, NERC has been running a number of Newton Fund calls and initiatives (see below) supporting £63 million investment, across 112 projects working with 11 Newton fund partner countries. These have included new research collaborations, capacity-building activities, and translation activities whilst also building on existing NERC programmes.

Previous and current NERC Newton Fund activities, by launch year: