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Malaysia is a Newton Fund partner country. Established in 2014, the Newton-Ungku Omar Fund (NUOF) is a science and innovation partnership between the UK and Malaysia aimed at promoting the prosperity and wellbeing of the Malaysian people through fundamental and translational research, as well as capacity building activities. 

In the past 30 years, Malaysia has successfully curtailed high poverty rates and reduced income inequalities. Its goal is to attain high income status while ensuring that prosperity is shared.

With less than 1 percent of Malaysian households living in extreme poverty, the government’s focus has shifted toward addressing the well-being of the poorest 40 percent of the population. To fully realise its human potential and fulfil the country’s aspiration of achieving the high-income and developed country status, Malaysia will need to advance further in education, health and nutrition, and social protection outcomes. (World Bank, 2020).

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Priorities for Malaysia

These are mutually identified priorities between the UK and Malaysia. Priorities may not cover everything we currently fund and may evolve over time to ensure they continue to meet our shared objectives.
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Digital innovation
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Environment and climate change
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Food security
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Health and life sciences
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Weather and climate science
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Cross-cutting: innovation and capacity building
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Contact the Malaysia team

If you are interested in learning more about Newton-Ungku Fund please get in touch with our local team.

Maithili Vasudevan

Strategic Manager, Newton-Ungku Omar Fund

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In the past 30 years, Malaysia has successfully curtailed high poverty rates and reduced income inequalities. Its goal is to attain high income status while ensuring that prosperity is shared.

With less than 1% of Malaysian households living in extreme poverty, the government’s focus has shifted toward addressing the well-being of the poorest 40 percent of the population. To fully realise its human potential and fulfil the country’s aspiration of achieving the high-income and developed country status, Malaysia will need to advance further in education, health and nutrition, and social protection outcomes. (World Bank, 2020).

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OPPORTUNITIES

Funding opportunities

Information about our schemes, funding guidance, what's on offer and our partner matching service.

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