Newton Researcher Links

Calls for applications to Researcher Links opportunities are now open. More information below under each activity strand.

Newton Researcher Links gives early career researchers from the UK and the Philippines the opportunity to form international connections through fully funded workshops and travel grants. 

The programme has run in around 19 other countries globally, and since the launch in 2013, thousands of researchers have benefited from Researcher Links. New international collaborations, networks and projects have already been formed directly from the earlier rounds of workshops.

Researcher Links will be running in the Philippines under the Newton Agham Programme to enable knowledge exchange, as well as skills and career development – areas that are important for sustainable development. This forms part of the UK’s official development assistance programme, to develop science and innovation partnerships that promote the economic development and social welfare of developing countries. In the Philippines, Researcher Links is co-funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

Researcher Links Workshops

Researcher Links Workshops bring together early-career researchers from the UK and the Philippines to allow them to make international connections that can improve the quality of their research and open doors to new international opportunities. 

Researcher Links Workshops in the Philippines are open to ERDT and ASTHRDP consortia member universities, and should target researchers from the same universities as participants to the workshops. Only specific priority areas will be eligible for this year’s call for applications, namely:

  1. Improving environmental resilience: Improving understanding and mitigating the human and economic impacts of natural hazards; 
  2. Agritech: Increasing agricultural productivity and addressing food security issues as production is likely to be hindered by the impacts of climate change;
  3. Health and life sciences: Reducing the dual burden of infectious and lifestyle diseases on the fragile health system of the region including addressing the increasing threat of anti-microbial resistance and neglected tropical diseases; research on diagnostics, e-health systems, and biomedical device development; and
  4. Digital, innovation and creativity: The use of web technology, data analytics, big data, and creative industries as drivers of disruptive innovations that can deliver benefits to social and economic development. Similarly, facilitating development of policies and approaches to enable creation of effective innovation systems and long term planning will be essential to encourage sustainable development.

ODA requirement: All applications must meet the required relevance to economic development or social welfare (see guidelines for further information) of the Philippines.

OPPORTUNITIES

Calls are now open for Researcher Links Workshops. Please click the link to apply online.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA 

  • Leading Researchers as defined by the EC here can apply to be workshop coordinators.
  • Each proposal must have one workshop coordinator from the UK, as well as a workshop coordinator from the Philippines.
  • Only Leading Researchers from ERDT and ASTHRDP consortia universities can apply as workshop coordinators from the Philippines. 

DEADLINE

19 September 2017, 16:00 UK time 

 

Researcher Links Travel Grants

Researcher Links Travel Grants provide financial support for early-career researchers in the Philippines to undertake an international research placement in the UK to strengthen links for future collaboration, build research capacity and enhance the researcher's career opportunities. 

ODA requirement: All applications must meet the required relevance to economic development or social welfare (see guidelines for further information) of the Philippines. All in country priority areas apply.

OPPORTUNITIES

Calls are now open for Researcher Links Travel Grants. Please click the link to apply online.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

  • Early-career researchers (as defined by the European Commission here) from ERDT and ASTHRDP consortia universities, and/or 
  • Researchers who have a Master’s degree and a publication track record, specifically three refereed publications, from the same consortia universities above

DEADLINE

19 September 2017, 16:00 UK time 

 

Contact

If you need help finding a UK partner, the University UK International is running a bespoke support service for British Council Newton Fund applicants. Please click here.

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