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Newton Mobility Grants

Providing international researchers with funding towards travel, subsistence and research expenses to explore opportunities for build lasting networks and strengthen emerging collaborations.

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This scheme aims to:

  • Strengthen research capacity of the partner countries - by facilitating training and skill transfer from the UK to partner countries
  • Support excellent research - by linking the best researchers in the UK with the best researchers and their groups in partner countries and providing support for initial exploratory research
  • Establish long term research links - between both partners to ensure sustainable research capacity in partner countries and benefit to the UK research community in the longer term

Research must be within the Royal Society’s remit of natural sciences, which includes but is not limited to biological research, chemistry, engineering, mathematics and physics. For a full list, please see the breakdown of subject groups and areas supported by the Royal Society. 

Am I eligible to apply?

Awards are currently only available for scientists in the following countries:

Before applying, please ensure that you meet all the eligibility requirements, which are explained in the scheme notes.

What is the scheme’s value and tenure?

The funding available is dependent upon the length of the visit. You can request:

  • up to of £3,000 for one-off travel lasting up to three months
  • up to £6,000 for multiple visits to be completed within one year
  • up to £12,000 for multiple visits to be completed within two years and cost share projects fixed at two years

This scheme is funded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills as part of the Newton Fund.

What is the application process?

Applications should be submitted through the Society’s grant management system Flexi-Grant®.

Your application will go through the process detailed on the Making a grant application page overseen by the International Exchanges Panel.

You will be notified of the result of the application process four months after the closing date of the round you have applied for.

The Royal Society recognises that diversity is essential for delivering excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The Society wants to encourage applications from the widest range of backgrounds, perspectives and experiences to maximise innovation and creativity in science for the benefit of humanity. We regularly review and revise processes to help ensure that all talented applicants have an equitable chance to succeed as per the assessment criteria. This includes ensuring all panel members are briefed on unconscious bias in decision making as part of our assessment process.

Support for applicants with disabilities

The Royal Society welcomes applications from scientists with disabilities and provides adjustments to ensure that they can participate fully in the selection process. If you need an adjustment when accessing the application form, attending interviews, or for any other part of the application process, please contact the Grants team on newtoninternationalexchanges@royalsociety.org or +44 20 7451 2666. Adjustments can include, but are not limited to:

  • extension of the deadline
  • additional support to complete the application form

Opportunities for successful applicants

Successful candidates may wish to consider subsequently applying for a Newton International Fellowship or Newton Advanced Fellowship to consolidate partnerships.

Read further guidance about the Newton Fund.

For more information regarding the scheme, please contact the Grants team on newtoninternationalexchanges@royalsociety.org or call us on +44 20 7451 2666.

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