Funding Opportunity : South Africa, Malaysia, Mexico

Newton advanced fellowships – Mexico, South Africa, Malaysia

British Academy, GB.  These enable international researchers based in a country covered by the Newton Fund to establish and develop collaborations with the UK having the intention of transferring knowledge and research capabilities. Fellowships are worth up to £37,000 per year for three years for researchers in Mexico and South Africa, and are worth up to £37,000 per year for two years for researchers in Malaysia.  Maximum award: £111,000  Closing date: 14 Sep 16.

Funding Opportunity: Newton Fund and Royal Academy of Engineering

 Newton Research Collaboration Programme.

The aim of the Newton Research Collaboration Programme is to support international exchanges between UK engineering researchers and their peers in Newton Fund partner countries. The scheme provides funding to support the travel, accommodation and subsistence costs of the participating researchers at a rate of up to £2,000 per month of exchange visit. Exchanges can last 3-12 months, be either one or two way in direction, and must form part of a collaborative research project. Participating partner countries in this call: Brazil, Mexico, South Africa, Turkey, and Vietnam.   Deadline for applications: 14

 Industry Academia Partnership Programme – Thailand

The Industry Academia Partnership Programme supports bilateral industry-academia mobility between  to enhance engineering education, innovation and research outcomes in Newton Fund partner countriesThe scheme provides funding of up to £50,000 to support the travel, subsistence and salary support costs related to conducting collaborative activities between industry and academic partners. The programme supports collaborative projects of up to 24 months within any field of engineering. Participating partner countries in this call: Thailand.  Deadline for applications: 1 August 2016





Friday Funding #3: Transport and Living Environment

Welcome to the 3rd edition of Friday Funding. This week’s theme is broadly Transport and Living Environment but touches on several wider themes. The calls listed are broad in nature which should present suitable opportunities for many of our researchers.

Call Title: Big data in Transport: Research opportunities, challenges and limitations Funder: EU H2020           Funding Available: 2 million budget (Euros)           Deadline: Call opens 20th Sept 16 and closes  01 February 2017
Summary: Projects should aim to identify; areas and contexts in which ICT investments and exploitation of data should be implemented, methodological issues and the development of necessary tools in order to allow for effective data mining and data exploitation, analysis of the barriers and limitations of the transportation system to exploit big data opportunities, examine the institutional and governmental issues and barriers concerning the application of big data in transport providing policy recommendations towards “data openness” and sharing.
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Call Title: Public Health Research commissioned funding opportunities Funder: National Institute of Health Research (NIHR)        Funding Available: Not fixed       Deadline: 15th August 16 or 5th December 16
Summary: Multiple interesting funding opportunities covering a wide variety of public health issues. Particularly relevant to this topic are ‘Preventing road injuries’ and ‘Interventions to reduce negative health effects associated with noise in the living environment’
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Call Title: Low-Carbon Energy Future: Efficient Management of Resources and Energy Workshop Funder: British Council   Funding Available: Travel Expenses          Deadline: 15th July 16
Summary: Cranfield University, Nazarbayev University and the National Laboratory Astana are holding a workshop entitled “Low-Carbon Energy Future: Efficient Management of Resources and Energy”. Opportunities and challenges in Kazakhstan will be covered in this workshop. A contribution to travel and accommodation expenses is available to selected participants under the Newton – Al-Farabi Partnership programme. Costs for the visa will be covered too; however participants will be responsible for making all the necessary arrangements.
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Call Title: Institutional Links grants
Funder: Newton Fund                    Funding Available: £50k-300k     Deadline: 27th June 16 Summary: Aims to build UK-partner country research and innovation collaborations centred on shared research and innovation challenges which have direct relevance to social welfare and economic development. Applications can be submitted for collaborations between the UK and Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Philippines, Thailand. Mexico are also due to join the call shortly, and confirmation will be announced here towards the end of April.
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If you are interested in any of these opportunities please contact

The next theme will be Environment/Marine Environment


Funding Award: Investigation of a role for hypoxia inducible factor type 1 in non alcoholic liver disease

Awarded to: Dr Rachel Knott (School of Pharmacy & Life Sciences, RGU) and Dr. Sheikh Tasduq Abdullah (CSIR-Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine, Jammu, India).

The funder:  Newton Bhabha PhD placements programme operates with the British Council in collaboration with the Department of Biotechnology. The Newton Fund is part of UK’s official development assistance with the aim to develop science and innovation partnerships that promote economic development and social welfare of partner countries. The fund linked with India is the Newton-Bhabha fund and this successful application is one of only 35 funded projects.

Both of our institutions have a common interest in the identification of the cellular and molecular mechanism of tissue damage in conditions of diabetes and related co-morbidities. The underlying specific research questions have a different focus although there is significant overlap and it is hoped that this funding will facilitate further collaboration.

Successful applicant: Mr Love Sharma (PhD candidate at CSIR-Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine)

The research topic: This is an important area of research as it addresses key issues aligned with the development of the vascular complication of diabetes mellitus (DM) (both Type 1 and Type 2). There is a significant and growing global burden of DM but it is particularly high across Asia, including India where it is recognised that the most significant clinical burden arises from the complications that are associated with DM. This includes coronary artery disease, peripheral vascular disease, liver disease, atherosclerosis, and microvascular disease, for example retinopathy, neuropathy, and nephropathy.

The funding that has been received will allow Mr Sharma to spend 6 months in the School of Pharmacy & Life Sciences at RGU on this project to look at a particular aspect of the vascular network of the liver in conditions of non-alcohol fatty liver disease (NAFLD). In India, Mr Sharma is conducting his PhD on the molecular mechanisms associated with NAFLD and in particular the communication within liver cells when exposed to high levels of lipid. While at RGU, Mr Sharma will be looking specifically at the response of the blood vessels within the liver and at the communication networks within the vascular endothelial cells.


Funding Opportunity: Fellowships in South Africa

DST / NRF Fellowships for early career researchers 2017. Deadline Thursday, 30 June, 2016.

The National Research Foundation (NRF) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST) in partnership with the United Kingdom Academies (under the United Kingdom-South Africa Newton Fund) are inviting applications for 2017 Fellowships.  Find out more

Funding Opportunity: Newton fund researcher links

Newton researcher links travel grants – Colombia, Egypt, Indonesia and Turkey, closing date 27th June 2016.  These aim to provide financial support for early-careeer researchers across selected partner countries by giving them the opportunity to form international connections through fully funded travel grants. The Fund aims to promote the economic development and welfare of either the partner countries or, through working with the partner country, to address the problems of low-income and vulnerable populations. Proposals are invited for travel to or from the UK and Colombia, Egypt, Indonesia, Kazakhstan and Turkey. Multidisciplinary proposals are welcome and may include social sciences and arts and humanities. Find out more

Funding Award: Integrated Renewable Energy for a Resilient Aceh (Indonesia)

Funded by : NEWTON FUND Institutional Links Award: 100K GBP Awarded from UK – Match Funded by Indonesia

UK Lead Partner: Dr. Leuserina Garniati & Dr. Alan Owen from Robert Gordon University (RGU)

Indonesia Partners: Prof. Muhammad Dirhamsyah & Muhammad Tadjuddin from Syiah Kuala University (UNSYIAH); Yakob Ishadamy from Strategic Resources Initiative (SRI); Abdus Syakur from Aceh Marine & Fisheries Agency (Aceh DKP)

In addressing energy & food security improving maritime productivity is the main goal for Aceh and addressing energy & food security. On-site observations & intensive stakeholder engagement by the project partners shows that low productivity is largely due to low engagement with, and low aptitude for using appropriate, sustainable energy technology as locally driven business practices.

Aceh 2a

Prawn hatchery freshwater supply

In line with the UK – Indonesia bilateral maritime focal programmes, this project contributes to the economic development &social welfare of communities in wider Indonesia by creating a step change towards appropriately designed & managed sustainable energy systems for maritime productivity. This action research moves through 4 linked stages; demonstrate integration of renewable energy systems; apply appropriate technology; embed training programme to meet community’s aspirations; and initiate business models that can create wider benefits.

The action research will lead to positive impacts on livelihood of low income people through applying Integrated Renewable Energy (IRE) systems to existing & aspirational economic sectors.

  •  Aquaculture & salt production home industries
  • Quayside services storage, processing, packaging providing added value to products
  • Sustainable tourism
  • Local business unit incubation


Aceh 3

Prawn aquaculture ponds

Aceh 4a

Stakeholder Focus Group Discussion (Marine & Fisheries, Energy & Mineral Resources, Universities & Polytechnics; Community Groups, NGOs and other third sectors)

The expected outputs include showcase of operational IRE sites, policy recommendations to relevant Ministries, and strategic briefs to Planning Agencies