More support to help researchers in Newton Fund partner countries find UK collaborators

Researchers pose for photo

Universities UK International (UUKi) has expanded its partner matching service, which helps researchers in Newton Fund partner countries to find a potential UK collaborator for their application. The service is now available to Newton Fund partner country researchers who would like assistance in finding a collaborator for any open Newton Fund call, having previously been limited to only those calls delivered by the British Council.

Prospective applicants to an open Newton Fund call, who would like help with finding a UK collaborator for their application, should complete UUKi’s Partner Request Form, ideally as soon as possible after the launch of the call.

UUKi is then able to suggest UK researchers or research groups which have similar research interests and expertise, and may therefore be interested in collaborating. Partnership requests will also be included on UUKi’s Opportunities for Collaboration webpage. Those interested in applying to an open Newton Fund PhD call, and who would like assistance in finding a UK supervisor, should complete the Host Request Form on the UUKi website.

Universities UK International has already supported several hundred Newton Fund country researchers to connect with UK academics for the purposes of a Newton Fund collaboration since 2015. One of the matches UUKi made last year was between researchers at Manado State University and the Catholic University of De La Salle Manado in Indonesia and the University of Nottingham, who went on to secure a British Council Institutional Links grant to carry out joint research in food security.

Photo caption: Newton Fund researchers Jantje, Emma and Dino from Indonesia with UUKi’s Victoria Bennett. (L-R)

Universities UK International also produces the Newton Funding bulletin, which promotes all open calls every 2-3 weeks.