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The Newton Fund is an official UK government collaborative development programme in the area of research and innovation.  The five year programme, with up to £75 million of UK funding was launched in 2014 and aims to develop science and innovation partnerships that promote the economic development and social welfare of developing countries including Vietnam, covering three broad categories: People, Research and Translation.

The Newton Programme Vietnam will provide up to £10 million over five years from 2014.

The British Council is working alongside other key UK organisations to deliver the Newton Fund worldwide. Other UK delivery partners include International Unit, Innovate UK, The Academy of Medical Sciences, Royal Academy of Engineering, Research Councils UK, UK Medical Research Council, The British Academy, The Royal Society, The Met Office and The Academy of Medical Sciences.

Vietnamese government organisations and funding bodies to deliver the People strand with the aim of promoting international collaborations and developing career for researchers and institutions. The programme focuses on the following Vietnam’s prioritised areas: 

  • Health and life sciences
  • Agriculture
  • Environment and energy
  • Future cities
  • Digital Innovation and creativity

 In the framework of the Newton Programme Vietnam, the British Council Vietnam deliver the following programmes:

PhD programme: Grants for researchers and academics to undertake PhD studies in the UK with the aim of facilitating the capacity building of individuals and the building of sustainable, long-lasting links between UK and Vietnamese institutions.

Researcher LinksGrants for workshops based on joint-proposals from UK and Vietnam senior researchers, travel grants for research visits to the UK and Vietnam, stimulating initial links between and supporting capacity building among, early career researchers.

Institutional Links: Grants for establishing links between higher education, research institutions and businesses with the aim of translating research to drive economic development and social welfare in partner countries and creating opportunities for sustainable research collaboration.

Professional development and engagement: Building the skills of researchers in areas such as communication and research management, as well as supporting good research governance, community and policymaker engagement.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education: Supporting STEM education through a variety of mechanisms such as the development of teaching resources or piloting new initiatives.


All calls will be listed on British Council’s global Newton programme’s web page or on this page

Calls under Researcher Links and Institutional Links open in annually April and July respectively. Currently there are three available calls for applications, find the further information at the links below.

You can keep up-to-date with all British Council calls via the Euraxess UK newsetter by subscribing here.

For information on all calls under the Newton Fund, including those from the other UK delivery partners, subscribe to the Higher Education International Unit’s Newton Fund newsletter here.


For further enquiries, please contact:

Nguyen Thu Giang
Higher Education Manager (Science and Innovation)
British Council
20 Thuy Khue | Hanoi | 10000 | Vietnam
T +84 (0)4 3728 1920 ext 1926
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F +84 (0)4 3843 4962