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Newton Mobility Research Grants at Royal Society in UK, 2018-2019

Newton Mobility Research Grants at Royal Society in UK, 2019

The Royal Society is pleased to offer Newton Mobility Grants to provide international researchers with funding towards travel, subsistence and research expenses for either a one-off short visit to explore opportunities for building lasting networks or for bilateral visits to strengthen emerging collaborations.

This scheme aims to help strengthen the research and innovation capacity of researchers from partner countries by assisting them in visiting or sending staff and students to the UK and developing networks, research projects and partnerships with their UK hosts/counterparts and the wider UK research and innovation community.

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A good opportunity for International researchers in the UK.

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The Newton Fund is part of the UK’s official development assistance. Its aim is to develop science and innovation partnerships that promote the economic development and welfare of partner countries.

Brief Description

University or Organization: The Newton Fund
Department: NA
Course Level:
Award: Varies
Access Mode: Online
Number of Awards: NA
Nationality: International researchers
The program can be taken in the UK
Application Deadline: This scheme is expected to open in 2020.


The following criteria must be met in order for applicants to be eligible for the scholarship:

  • The Overseas-based scientist and/or project leader (the applicant) and the UK based scientist and/or project leader (the co-applicant) must have completed a Ph.D. or have extensive experience at an equivalent level at the time of application.
  • The UK applicant and overseas applicant must hold a permanent or fixed-term contract for the duration of the award in an eligible organization in their respective countries. Ineligible organizations include industrial, private and commercial organizations, university spin-out companies and governmental bodies.
  • The UK applicant and overseas applicant must be based in their respective countries/ institutions at the time of application
  • Applications must be started by the overseas applicant on behalf of the UK applicant and the respective teams i.e. the application must be initiated in the overseas applicant’s Flexi-grant account
  • Applicants and co-applicants are not permitted to submit more than one application per round (deadline) although may also apply for a Newton International Fellowship or Newton Advanced Fellowship
  • UK award holders of a current Newton Mobility Grants award with the same overseas country as the (proposed) application may not apply until the project has ended and the final report has been submitted.
  • Retired scientists, who are still active in science, must submit their application through an eligible UK Institute. If this is not possible please contact us for further advice at least two weeks before the deadline.

Nationality: Scientists from Brazil, Mexico, and South Africa are eligible to apply for this grant.

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How to Apply

How to Apply: Applications should be submitted through the Royal Society’s grants and awards management system (Flexi-Grant®). Applications are initially reviewed by members of the International Exchanges Scheme panel with the most appropriate scientific expertise.


The funding available is dependent upon the length of the visit and the partner country.  Applicants may request:

  • Up to £3,000 for one-off travel lasting up to 3 months
  • Up to £6,000 for multiple visits to be completed within 1 year (including a maximum of £1,000 for research expenses)
  • Up to £12,000 for multiple visits to be completed within 2 years (including a maximum of £2,000 for research expenses)

In the case of applications with China (NSFC) only, a maximum of £12,000 for multiple visits to be completed within 2 years is available from the Royal Society as a contribution to the following costs:

  • The overseas applicant’s and/or overseas team’s airfare to the UK
  • The overseas applicant’s and/or overseas team’s subsistence whilst in the UK

For partnerships with China, an additional grant is available from NSFC on a cost-share basis, to contribute the costs of the collaboration.   For further information on the cost-share please contact NSFC. Up to £2,000 of the total amount requested from the Royal Society can be spent on research expenses and consumables.

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