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Research.. Innovation.. Prosperity!

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 2018-2019 PhD applications round, the theme of archaeology and cultural heritage won’t be accepted. 

Funding opportunities under Newton-Mosharafa Fund

PhD Programme - New call is open now until 8 August 2019

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 years), as well as joint supervisions (for students to do research for a year at a UK university as part of their Egyptian PhD).

Apply Here

For a full list of requirements, eligibility criteria and instructions on applying, please see the detailed guidelines in English and in Arabic and consult the links below:

Prospective applicants from participating countries currently without UK collaborators should note that Universities UK International (UUKi) is offering match-making service to help connect Newton partner country researchers to potential UK partners. Applicants wishing to use this service should complete UUKi’s Partner Request Form. Their partnership request will also be included in UUKi’s Opportunities for Collaboration webpage.

Institutional Links - Call is now open until 9 August 2019

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

For a full list of requirements, eligibility criteria and instructions on applying, please see the detailed guidelines and a full list of Eligible UK Research Organisations.

This round, two different applications need to be submitted, one on behalf of UK partner on the British Council website and one on behalf of the Egyptian partner on STDF’s website.

  • UK PI shall submit the British Council Application form here. A preview is available for consultation here,
  • Egyptian PI shall submit the STDF Application form here. A preview is available for consultation here.

Prospective applicants from participating countries currently without UK collaborators should note that Universities UK International (UUKi) is offering match-making service to help connect Newton partner country researchers to potential UK partners. Applicants wishing to use this service should complete UUKi’s Partner Request Form. Their partnership request will also be included in UUKi’s Opportunities for Collaboration webpage.

Leaders in Innovation Fellowships

Call will be announced in 2018

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

Read more about this opportunity.

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.

Get more information

Read more about the Newton Fund or contact us at: Newton.mosharafa@britishcouncil.org

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