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The Newton-Mosharafa Fund is £50 million, seven-year science and innovation partnership between the UK and Egypt. 

The Fund brings together the British and Egyptian scientific research and innovation sectors to find joint solutions to the challenges facing Egypt in economic development and social welfare. Read the Newton Mosharafa Fund brief.

Through Newton-Mosharafa, we will:

  • build the skills and knowledge of British and Egyptian scientists through training and researcher mobility schemes; 
  • support British and Egyptian researchers to develop new innovations and partnerships in development areas; 
  • facilitate collaboration between universities and industry to ensure that new research can benefit all in society.

We support projects in five priority areas:

  • Sustainable water management 
  • Renewable energy
  • Sustainable food production
  • Archaeology and cultural heritage
  • Affordable and inclusive healthcare

Please note that for the 2017-2018 PhD applications round, the theme of archaeology and cultural heritage won’t be accepted. 

Funding opportunities under Newton-Mosharafa Fund

Leaders in Innovation Fellowships - Open now

Call is now open until 30 December 2017

Funding to support Egyptian researchers learn how to commercialise their research outputs/ideas. 

It’s an opportunity for 15 innovation driven researchers to participate in the “Leaders in Innovation Programme”. The two week residential programme in London is specifically targeted at researchers keen to gain first hand expertise in developing a business proposition for their innovation.

Deadline : 30 December 2017, at 11:59 pm / 23:59

All applications must be submitted to the STDF website

Read more about this opportunity.

Institutional Links - call will open April 2018

Grants to create joint research projects between UK and Egyptian institutions for up £300,000 per partnership. 

New call will open April 2018.

Read more about this opportunity.

PhD Programme - call will open in 2018

The PhD Programme supports Egyptian researchers to do their PhD at UK Higher Education institutions. The programme covers all fees and living/travel expenses. The programme will support both general missions (full degree scholarships 3 - 4 years), as well as joint supervisions (for students to do research for a year at a UK university as part of their Egyptian PhD). Read more about this opportunity.

For a full list of requirements, eligibility criteria and instructions on applying, please see the detailed guide lines in English and in Arabic.

Please note that the eligibility criteria may be subject to change before the launch of new call.

Advanced Fellowships

Grants to partnerships for capacity building and research projects in social sciences and humanities.


The Newton-Mosharafa Fund is subject to Official Development Assistance (ODA) criteria – Find out if you are eligible for ODA.

Newton-Mosharafa is part of the UK’s £735 million Newton Fund running in 15 countries , for more information about the global fund , please visit Newton’s Fund website .

The Fund was launched in 2014 and originally consisted of £75 million each year for 5 years. In the 2015 UK Spending Review it was agreed to extend and expand the Fund. The Newton Fund was extended from 2019 to 2021 and expanded by doubling the £75 million investment to £150 million by 2021, leading to a £735 million UK investment to 2021, with partner countries providing matched resources within the Fund. 

 In Egypt It funded jointly by the UK and Egyptian Governments. The separate activities are managed by several partners including the British Council, British Academy and Royal Academy of Engineers in the UK, and the Science and Technology Development Fund and Cultural Affairs and Missions Department in Egypt.

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