Newton Fund

The Newton Fund builds research and innovation partnerships with 17 active partner countries to support their economic development and social welfare, and to develop their research and innovation capacity for long-term sustainable growth. It has a total UK Government investment of £735 million up until 2021, with matched resources from the partner countries. 

The Newton Fund is managed by the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), and delivered through 7 UK delivery partners, which includes UK Research and Innovation (comprising the 7 research councils and Innovate UK), the UK Academies, the British Council and the Met Office. 

For further information visit the Newton Fund website ( and follow via Twitter: @NewtonFund

Newton-Khalidi Fund

The Newton Fund in Jordan is called the Newton-Khalidi Fund to celebrate the Jordanian scientist Dr Usama al-Khalidi, a biochemist who dedicated his life to teaching generations of scientists and medical students across the Arab world. He believed that only through the promotion of science and technology would the countries of the Arab world have a chance for sustainable development.

Our work

The British Council and the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, singed a collaboration Agreement for Newton-Khalidi Fund (Researcher Links programme) on Sunday 23 September 2018. The Newton-Khalidi Fund in Jordan marks a step-change in the bilateral science relationship and will provide a platform to develop new knowledge partnerships in science, technology and innovation. It will enable UK and Jordanian scientists to work together to achieve greater outcomes for both countries and for people around the world. 

The Newton Khalid Fund - Researcher Links Workshops aims to bring together early-career researchers from the UK and Jordan to allow them to make international connections that can improve the quality of their research.

The “Researcher Links Workshops” will be focusing on building links for future collaboration and enhancing the researchers’ career opportunities, support international development and research, contribute to capacity building of early career researchers and establish new and strengthen existing research links.


  1. Energy
  2. Water management
  3. Agri-tech and food security
  4. Cultural heritage 
  5. Bio-technology and bio-security 
  6. Nanotechnology
  • Proposals can have an educational research development element for any of the above themes
  • The interface with health in themes 5 & 6 can be considered.

The Call for Proposals – which includes several participating countries, was launched on 10 June 2019 and deadline was on 9 August 2019.

Our activities:

  • We held the first info session for this year on 19 February 2019
  • Second info session will be held on 18 June 2019 at Hyatt Amman – 09:30 and will be delivered by UUKi (Universities UK International) for the Academics, Researchers and Scientific Research Organisations.

Universities UK International (UUKi) is offering match-making service to help connect Jordanian universities/researchers to potential UK partners, under the Newton-Khalidi fund. 

If you are looking for a UK partner for “The Researcher Links Workshops” please apply here.

  • We will announce the call for participation for “the awarded Researcher Links Proposals - 2nd round Of Researchers Links Workshops 2020.

Please refer to our downloads section for key documents and guidelines.

If you have any questions, please contact In your email, please specify that you are enquiring about the Newton Fund Researcher Links Workshops call.

For more information please visit our global British Council site.