The Newton Fund  builds research and innovation partnerships with partner countries to support their economic development and social welfare, and to develop their research and innovation capacity for long-term sustainable growth. The fund is managed by the UK’s Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and delivered through 7 UK delivery partners . It has a total UK government investment of £735 million up until 2021, with matched resources from partner countries, including China. 


The Newton Fund is known in China as the UK-China Research and Innovation Partnership Fund, which is a £200 million fund between UK and China, covering three broad categories of activities:

  • People: improving science and innovation expertise, student and researcher fellowships, mobility schemes and joint centres
  • Programmes: researcher collaborations on development topics
  • Translation: innovation partnerships and challenge funds to develop innovative solutions on development topics


  • Health/Life sciences
  • Environmental technologies
  • Food and water security
  • Energy
  • Urbanisation
  • Education and creative economy

The programmes implemented by the British Council China, which operates as the Cultural and Education Section of the British Embassy, fall under the “People” category, and include: