British Council Kenya Newton Fund

British Council

The Newton Fund is a UK government £375 million five-year initiative to fund co-operation between the UK and 17 active partner countries: Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Egypt, India. Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, Philippines, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam.

Kenya is one of the three countries in Africa to have the Newton Fund. The fund is known as Newton-Utafiti (Utafiti is the Swahili word for Research)

The funding promotes the long-term economic development and welfare of people in partner countries and unlocks new opportunities for higher education institutions to develop partnerships in research, science and innovation

 Newton- Utafiti

The Newton-Utafiti Partnership Programme is a joint programme launched in 2016 by the UK Government and the Government of the Republic of Kenya.  Each side will provide equal funding on what is referred to as Matched Funding.

The programme forms part of the Newton Fund, a £735 million fund administered by the UK’s Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The Newton Fund is part of the UK’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment. Through the Fund, the UK will use its strength in research and innovation to promote the economic development and social welfare of partner countries.

By working together on bilateral and multilateral programmes the UK and Kenya hope to develop existing contacts and build strong, sustainable, systemic relationships in research and innovation. The Newton-Utafiti Partnership Programme is delivered by the Ministry of Education through the National Research Fund, for Kenya, and the British Council, for the UK.

The programme will initially support innovative research partnerships between institutions and capacity building and networking with a focus on key priority areas:

  • Food Security 
  • Health and health systems
  • Sustainable and Renewable Energy 
  • Environment and Climate Change 
  • Manufacturing for SMEs 
  • Governance and Conflict resolution related to development 
  • Cross Cutting issues such as gender mainstreaming, big data, social science interface, Innovation & Entrepreneurship skills, technical skills, education, basic sciences


For more information about the Newton Fund, please visit the Newton Fund webpage. The British Council website has information about calls being launched across all partner countries. For more information on the Newton-Utafiti Partnership Programme, please email