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How the Newton Fund works

The partnership with India is the Newton-Bhabha Fund

The Fund is being delivered by 7 UK delivery partners in collaboration with funders in 17 active partnering countries. They develop and run calls, allocate and manage the money they receive as part of the Newton Fund. All opportunities for organisations, institutions and individuals interested in applying are listed on our funding page.

Priorities for India

The Newton-Bhabha Fund have identified a number of priority areas:

  • Sustainable cities and urbanisation
  • Public health and wellbeing
  • Energy-water-food nexus 
  • Understanding oceans 

with two underpinning capabilities:

  • High value manufacturing
  • Big data.

Key Programmes under Newton-Bhabha

The joint programmes within Newton-Bhabha cover a wide spectrum from capacity building programmes to funding research projects through to the translation of research into innovation. These include:

  • Newton International Fellowships: support early stage post-doctoral researchers for two years at a UK research institution.
  • PhD Placements: provide opportunity for the UK and Indian PhD scholars to spend a period of their study (2 to 6 months) in Indian and UK higher education institutions.
  • Newton Researcher Links Workshops: provide a platform to stimulate initial links between, and support capacity building among, early career researchers in India and the UK.
  • Joint research calls and joint virtual centres: provide an opportunity for Indian and UK experts to work together on research projects to address key global challenges. Partnerships exist in the areas including anti-microbial resistance, air pollution and human health, sustainable cities and urbanization, clean energy, and women and child health. 
  • Research and Innovation Bridges: facilitate collaborations between UK and Indian businesses and research organisations proposing novel commercially-focussed solutions to particular socio-economic challenge.
  • Joint Industrial R&D calls: support collaborative industrial R&D projects up to two years in duration, aimed at tackling grand societal challenges with a route to future commercial success.
  • Leaders in Innovation Fellowships: offer intensive commercialisation and entrepreneurship training and coaching for innovative researchers.
  • Industry Academia Partnerships Programme: is forging partnership between higher education institutions and industry to build technology links and enhances quality and relevance of engineering education.


Newton Prize 
The Newton Prize demonstrates how partnerships between the UK and Newton partner countries are offering solutions to global challenges.The prize countries in 2017 were India, Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam. India received two awards of £200,000 each. 


Indian funding partners

The main Indian funding partners to date are:


Further support and guidance

For further information on the Newton-Bhabha Fund opportunities please get in touch with the Newton Fund team in India


About the India Newton Team

The Country team is based in the HIgh Commission in New Dehli. It is responsible for: 

  • Overall programme coordination for Newton-Bhabha Programme for India.
  • Coordinating the in-country elements of the Newton-Bhabha Fund; promoting the fund widely in India; engaging with Indian and UK stakeholders to ensure innovative and results-driven programmes that deliver mutual benefits and value for money.
  • Representing UK delivery partners including Royal Society, British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering, Academy of Medical Sciences, the Met Office and Innovate UK. 


Rita Sharma
Head, Newton Fund India

Tamil Chandru
Senior Advisor, Newton Fund India

Aakanksha Upadhyay
Advisor, Newton Fund India

The Newton-Bhabha team can be reached at