The Philippines included among UK’s Newton Fund beneficiaries

The Philippines is one of 15 countries selected by the UK Government to receive funding from The Newton Fund. The Newton Fund aims to nurture the UK’s partnerships with developing countries on the advancement of science and technology through collaboration on science and technology projects.

This exciting five-year partnership between the UK and the Philippines will begin in July 2014 and is estimated at the cost of two million pounds (equivalent to 146.7 million Philippine pesos). The fund covers three extensive categories – people, programmes, and translation. All these tackle the required facets of scientific progress that involve skilled human participation, achievable and sustainable schemes, and result-oriented ventures emerging from established connections between both parties.

The UK’s Ambassador to the Philippines Asif Ahmad acknowledged the significance of upholding Philippine-UK relations through cooperation in the realm of science and technology. According to news portal Interakyson, the Ambassador remarked that “Science and technology are key drivers to economic development. The Newton Fund will engage British and Filipino scientists as partners to increase their research and innovation capacity.”

In teaming up with the Philippines, the UK recognises the potential of Filipino scientists in contributing to a fast-growing global science and technology community. This opportunity could not be timelier as the Philippine Government’s Department of Science and Technology increases its targets in developing its capacity in these sectors. The UK’s Newton Fund will add value to strengthening ties between the UK and the Philippines, and will help to foster mutual development through science and technology.

The link to the full article is: http://www.interaksyon.com/article/89655/attention-pinoy-scientists–you-are-invited-to-vie-for-uks-p27-5-billion-newton-fund

Sectors: Technology
Countries: Philippines and United Kingdom
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