“Scientific collaboration needs nurturing. The Newton Prize strengthens partnerships and allows the best research to thrive, improving the quality of life for people living in Newton Fund partner countries and beyond."
Professor Alice Gast, Imperial College London President and Newton Prize Committee Chair
“Being a Newton Prize peer reviewer has been a really rewarding experience. Not only has it given me insight into international research and innovation in specific areas, but it has also facilitated an opportunity for me to provide creative, encouraging feedback to academics and practitioners across the globe.”
“I benefited from and enjoyed participating as a Newton Prize peer reviewer due to the high quality of the proposals shown in the call which gave me the opportunity to learn how other people try to solve global problems/challenges using holistic and interdisciplinary approaches”
“I have had the pleasure of reviewing the Newton Prize contributions over the past few years and have been really impressed at the high standard of applications which have been submitted across a range of disciplines.”
Being fortunate in securing a role as a reviewer for the past three years, reviewing the most challenging and thought provoking projects have helped me gain greater scientific proficiency and qualifications for tackling wide-ranging future projects.
Meet the Newton Prize Winners
Each year, from 2017 until 2021, outstanding Newton funded projects, fellowships or other awards will win the Newton Prize to advance or develop existing Newton funded work. The Prize will be awarded for the best research or innovation promoting economic development and social welfare.
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2020 Partner Countries
EGYPT, JORDAN, KENYA, SOUTH AFRICA, TURKEY
The 2020 winning projects all contributing to addressing global development challenges and show what can be achieved across a wide spectrum of issues when collaboration is supported. With research projects spanning diagnostic tools for cancer treatment, food insecurity in our oceans and clean energy solutions the 2020 winners are working to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
Faynan’s Cultural Heritage Offers Route to Sustainable Development
Jordan has few natural resources and faces numerous challenges, such as water shortages and the Middle East refugee crisis. It also boasts spectacular sights and a rich history. Tourism is critical to its economic growth, but action is needed to ensure its benefits are received by local communities and the cultural and natural landscapes of Jordan are preserved. This project, based in an impoverished region of southern Jordan called Faynan, is showing how cultural heritage can be used to support sustainable development
Tackling Food Insecurity in the Western Indian Ocean
The Western Indian Ocean is facing a humanitarian crisis. The livelihoods of 60 million people depend on the ocean. Professor Michael Roberts of the National Oceanography Centre at the University of Southampton and Nelson Mandela University argues that governments and international organisations need much more information and data to address this urgent but so far under-reported issue.
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New Clean Energy Solutions for South Africa’s Informal Settlements
Without access to safe, affordable and reliable energy families struggle to power businesses. Women and children bear the brunt of health impacts from burning harmful cooking fuels. Children lack reliable electricity to study after dark. A team of experts from the University of Cape Town and the University of Exeter have found a way to support economic activity and reduce reliance on polluting fuels. They are also collecting data to inform and improve long-term energy policy.
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2019 Partner Countries
ASIA – CHINA, INDONESIA, PHILIPPINES
The 2019 winning projects achieving excellence in science, research and innovation are all contributing to delivering the Sustainable Development Goals. With work focussed on eliminating malaria in the Philippines, tackling climate change in China and addressing gender-specific issues in Indonesia these partnerships are all building a more sustainable future.
Mainstreaming Integrated Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation into Coastal Urban Agglomeration Policy
The winning UK-Indonesia partnership is helping to protect coastal communities from the devastation caused by coastal hazards such as flooding and tsunamis. The research has improved Indonesia’s capacity to deal with these events through better communications and warning procedures.
CHAIR’S PRIZE: CHINA
Regional crop monitoring and assessment with quantitative remote sensing and data assimilation
Food production is under threat from a combination of urban development, shrinking space for arable land, groundwater depletion and other challenges, and climate change is exacerbating these pressures. This Newton funded project designed a new way to monitor crops for global food security.
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2018 Partner Countries
LATIN AMERICA – BRAZIL, CHILE, COLOMBIA, MEXICO
Find out how winners in 2018 strengthened science partnerships between the UK and Latin America, delivering pioneering work to improve infrastructure and work towards a peaceful future. Winning projects supported the indigenous Guarani people to restore the Atlantic Forest in Brazil, powered sustainable development in Colombia with coffee waste and developed drought-resistant bean varieties to improve food production in Mexico.
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2017 Partner Countries
ASIA – INDIA, MALAYSIA, THAILAND, VIETNAM
Our 2017 winners created innovative, knowledge-sharing, partnerships between countries to tackle challenges such as natural disasters, maternal health and disease control. From improving the diagnosis of rare genetic diseases in children in Thailand to improving conditions in rural areas of India through low cost, high-efficiency solar energy production all our winning projects have changed lives.