2018 Newton Prize announced

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The annual £1 million Newton Prize recognises pioneering research and innovations that come from international partnerships between the UK and Newton Fund partner countries around the world, with each project helping to solve global development challenges. The Newton Fund aims to build true collaborations between researchers in the UK and partner countries, by making sure that any UK investments are matched by matched resources by the partner countries, making it a truly equitable partnership. This year the Newton Prize focused on partnerships between the UK and Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Mexico.  

The winning projects are:

  • Improving the lives of the Guarani people by saving the Atlantic Forest (collaboration between University College London and the Indigenous Work Centre in Brazil)  
  • Strengthening energy infrastructure to withstand extreme weather and natural disasters (collaboration between the University of Manchester and University of Chile)  
  • Turning environmentally damaging coffee waste into electricity (collaboration between the University of Surrey and University of Antioquia in Colombia)  
  • New drought resistant beans for sustainable food supply in Mexico (collaboration between University of Sheffield and the Institute of Biotechnology at the National Autonomous University of Mexico) 
  • Documenting the past for a more peaceful future: the final Newton Prize, the Chair’s Award (collaboration between Goldsmiths University of London and the Alberto Hurtado University, in Chile)

Further information on the winning projects and the Newton prize is available on the Newton Fund website.

Liesbet Lieben

Senior Publishing Manager, Scientific Reports & BMC series, Nature Research

Senior Publishing Manager for Scientific Reports & BMC series. Joined Nature Research in 2015 as one of the Nature Reviews Disease Primers launch editors, followed by a one year secondment in the Nature publishing team where I managed the launch of the first global Nature Research Award and Grand Challenges programme.

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