The Newton Fund is a £735 million fund which, through science and innovation partnerships, promotes the economic development and social welfare of partnering countries. It aims to strengthen science and innovation capacity and unlock further funding through which the UK and partner countries will build strong, sustainable and systemic relationships.

In Turkey, the Newton Fund is being implemented as the Newton-Katip Çelebi Fund. It is supported by the UK and Turkish governments who have agreed to contribute £8 million a year for seven years. The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) is the main delivery partner in Turkey and the British Council is one of the delivery partners of the programme in the UK. The Katip Çelebi- Newton Fund aims to bring together the scientific research and innovation sectors in both countries to find joint solutions to the challenges of economic development and social welfare.

Please visit the Newton Fund web page for more detailed information.

Please also visit the Katip Çelebi-Newton Fund TÜBİTAK web page for more information.

If you would like to conntect with academics and institutions in the UK you can visit our Application Support Page where you will find a number of resources that are available for potential Newton Fund applicants. 

The key objectives

  • support the research and innovation capacity in Turkey for its long term sustainable economic development and social welfare. 
  • expand and maximise cooperation in research and innovation between policy makers, government agencies, research organisations, universities, companies and enterprises.
  • promote research and collaboration that support long term sustainable partnerships between the UK and Turkey.

For guidance on the UK's official development assistance (ODA) please follow the link. 

NEWTON- KATIP ÇELEBİ FUND PRIORITY AREAS

AGRICULTURE AND FOOD SECURITY

  • seed and crop improvement
  • plant and animal diseases
  • food and water security,
  • women’s labour market participation, 
  • animal breeding
  • organic production system
  • fisheries, aquaculture, marine sciences
  • food & biotechnology
  • horticultural breeding 
  • medicinal and aromatic plants

LIFELONG HEALTH AND WELLBEING

  • antimicrobial resistance
  • production of domestic drugs and vaccines
  • improved health education
  • diagnostic kits
  • antibiotic resistance & new antibiotics

DISASTERS AND RISK MANAGEMENT

  • earthquakes,
  • earth observation,
  • early warning,
  • geographical information systems

ENERGY AND CLIMATE CHANGE

  • renewable energy (solar, wind, water etc.)
  • clean coal technologies, 
  • energy efficiency, 
  • smart grids, 
  • green transportation and buildings
  • energy efficiency
  • climate change 
  • hydrogene & fuel cells

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