UK’s Newton Fund seeks Brazil projects

Brazilian scientists could benefit from up to £ nine million in research grants from the UK’s new £375 million Newton Fund over the next two years. The first round of funding calls closes 17th October.

Applications that address the following areas will be particularly welcomed:

–          Health

–          Urban transformation

–          Food, energy, water, environment

–          Biodiversity and ecosystems

–          Economic development and welfare reform


Categories of financial support available to include:

Newton Advanced Fellowships for academics who hold a permanent post in a Brazilian institution in natural science fields including engineering, clinical or patient-related research (£37,000/year).

Newton Mobility Grants for researchers from academic establishment or government funded programs in Brazil seeking exchange visits to UK. Two year packages offered for natural sciences (up to £12,000), engineering (up to £24,000), social sciences and humanities (up to £10,000).

Newton International Fellowships will provide opportunities for early career post Doc researchers in Brazil to spend two years undertaking research at a UK university or research institute in the UK.

There are deadlines of 22nd and 24th October for different programs.


The Newton Fund, first announced by UK chancellor George Osborne at the University of São Paulo in April, is partnering with CONFAP, the umbrella body of Brazil’s regional development agencies. This grouping includes FAPESP, the São Paulo Research Foundation, which already has deep ties to UK academic institutions and co-funding agencies.  However, FAPESP has slightly different conditions for Brazilian researchers, to teh other CONFAP members  as detailed here. You can read more about the  funding criteria by clicking here.

On the UK side the government-backed Fund is working the Royal Society, the British Academy, the Academy of Medical Science and the Royal Academy of Engineering. UK-based academic researchers seeking ties with Brazil have an earlier deadline (17th October). They should be either PIs or Co-Is and be working with projects receiving ongoing RCUK funding. More information is available by clicking here.

The Newton Fund RCUK-CONFAP call will provide up to £100,000 for short-termed, small-scaled research, with the objective of establishing sustainable collaborations between UK and Brazilian researchers. Portuguese-language  information is available by clicking here.

The Newton Fund beneficiaries also include China and India. In Latin America, Chile, Colombia and Mexico will participate. You can find out more by clicking here.

The £375 million fund will allow the UK to use its strengths in scientific research to promote economic development and welfare in emerging economies while building long-term collaborations with countries that will produce leading innovations in the future.

The fund will lay the foundation for ongoing collaboration between the partner countries and the UK, promoting the UK as an international partner of choice and seeking opportunities for commercial collaboration as we work towards sustainable global growth.

The UK’s George Osborne said: “Partnerships with countries such as Brazil who are rapidly increasing their investments in scientific research will help strengthen ties between our countries and deliver new economic opportunities for us both.”

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