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The Newton Prize is a £1 million annual investment by the UK Government’s Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) in the best science and development partnerships between the UK and Newton Fund partner countries.

The Prize celebrates excellent innovation, research and knowledge-sharing and is awarded to Newton Funded projects already demonstrating tangible impact on global challenges.

The UK National Commission for UNESCO delivers the prize on behalf of BEIS and the aims of the prize are closely aligned with UNESCO’s mandate to use science and innovation, as well as international collaboration in science, to promote peace, security and sustainable development. Every Newton Prize applicant has the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals at the forefront of their work, and this is a key element to becoming a successful prize winner.

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Newton Prize 2019 Shortlist

The 2019 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. Read about all the shortlisted projects here; winners will be announced early in 2020.

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Newton Prize Winners 2018

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 one of the world’s most diverse biomes 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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The Newton Prize 2017

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.

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