Delivery partner

UK Research and Innovation

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) supports challenge-led research across different disciplines and borders, bringing together consortiums to tackle complex challenges affecting developing countries. UKRI brings together the seven research councils, Innovate UK and Research England.

Research grants support bilateral or multilateral research collaborations between UK and partner countries. Funding may include research costs, staff costs, post docs, institutional overheads, travel, subsistence and knowledge exchange activities.

Pump-priming Grants initiate and support studies that underpin the development of larger research applications. 

Virtual Joint Centres support bilateral centres of excellence focussed on addressing a specific challenge or research area. 

Capacity Strengthening activities. UKRI have a range of capacity strengthening activities which include training and mentorship in innovation policy, training in research skills and facilitating access to UK facilities. 

Collaborative Research and Development grants are awards that bring together businesses, and often research organisations, to use commercial solutions to address socio-economic challenges in the partner countries.  

Networks and workshops are engagement and networking opportunities to enable universities and innovation and research institutes to form partnerships with other stakeholders. They also bring researchers together to encourage learning and promote internal support.

Newton Fund Impact Scheme (NFIS) is delivered by the British Council in partnership with UKRI. The scheme is designed to provide previous and current Newton award holders with the opportunity to unlock further impact from their work in a way that strengthens the profile of the Fund. The intention is that Newton Fund Impact Scheme grants add tangible value to the investment already made by partner funders and the UK. The collaboration between UK and partner countries can build upon the original partnership or form a new partnership.

Newton Fund

We build research and innovation partnerships with countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America to support social and economic welfare, tackle global challenges and develop talent and careers.

Global Challenges Research Fund

We help UK and international researchers and innovators address the key issues affecting developing countries.