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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

Newton-Ungku Omar Fund programmes are shaped by development priorities identified by Malaysia.
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Health and life sciences
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Environmental resilience and energy security
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Future cities
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Agri-technology
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Digital innovation and creativity
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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

Ekaterina Edham

Programme Officer, 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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