Research Environment Links 

Capacity building grants to support the research environment in Turkey through collaborations between UK and Turkish institutions.

The Newton Fund aims to build UK-partner country collaborations centred on shared research and innovation challenges which have direct relevance to Newton partner countries’ social welfare and economic development. The Professional Development and Engagement Programme  (PDE) supports the research environment and enables optimal impact from research, shaped by the demands and development priorities of the partner country. 

Under PDE, The Research Environment Links (REL) programme in Turkey aims to support the research and academic environment by international collaboration; training programmes; the exchange of knowledge and best practice and the development and implementation of pilot activities to promote capacity building collaboration shaped by the demands and priorities of Turkey and the UK. 

REL grants are designed to provide financial support for capacity building activities proposed by applicant institutions in Turkey working with partner organisations in the UK.  The proposed activities are designed by the Lead Applicant in Turkey with the support of a UK partner organisation. 

REL can be funded in any discipline or cross-discipline and there are no limits in terms of the type of activities that can be delivered, as long as these respond to country needs. Please see the guidelines for applicants document in the downloads section for further details. 

  • Size of grant: up to £40,000
  • Duration of the grant: up to 12 months
  • ODA requirement: All applications must meet the required relevance to economic development or social welfare (see guidelines for further information) 

Eligibility criteria 

Each proposal must have one Lead Applicant from Turkey and one Lead Applicant from the UK. 

All Principal Applicants must be Leading Researchers or Established Researchers as defined by the European Commission here.

Other eligibility criteria apply. Please refer to the guidelines document available from the downloads section below for full eligibility criteria.


12 August 2019, 16.00 UK time (18.00 Turkish time). 

How to apply

Download and read fully the guidelines document from the downloads section. Complete the online application form. A pdf version of the application form is available from the downloads section. This is intended to give applicants knowledge of the questions in the online application form only, and cannot be used to submit an application.

If you are experiencing issues with downloading the budget spreadsheet, please try using a different browser (Google Chrome) or email to receive a copy.


All queries or comments about this call should be addressed to the Research Environment Links email address

Interested parties wishing to enquire about potential UK collaborators please contact Universities UK International via the partner request form