Two University of Nottingham professors have been shortlisted for the 2017 Newton Prize; an annual fund awarded for research or innovation that supports the economic development and social welfare of developing countries.
Professor Michèle Clarke and Professor Malcolm Bennett are in with the chance of winning up to £200,000 from the Prize to be used to advance or further develop work in these areas:
Commenting on the shortlisting, Professor Dame Jessica Comer, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Exchange, said:
“To have the two of the University’s researchers shortlisted for the 2017 Newton Prize is hugely exciting and rewarding. Professors Michèle Clarke and Malcolm Bennett are not only world leaders in their respective fields; their collaborations with our partners in India show how the University of Nottingham’s international partnerships increase the impact of our research, and influence the development of societies facing key challenges – in this case building resilient cities and sustainably feeding growing populations.”
The Newton Prize — which provides a total of £1m in funding annually — is part of the broader Newton Fund, which builds research and innovation partnerships with 18 partner countries to support their economic development and social welfare, and to develop their research and innovation capacity for long-term sustainable growth. It has a total UK Government investment of £735 million up until 2021, and each partner country provides matched funding and resources for every programme, making it an equitable partnership.
More than 150 Newton funded projects, fellowships or other awards applied for the Newton Prize from the eligible countries for this year — India, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. There are 25 shortlisted applications in total and five Prizes of up to £200,000 will be awarded to each winner to be used to advance or develop existing Newton funded work. There will be two winners in India and one in Malaysia, Thailand and in Vietnam.
All of the Newton Prize winners for 2017 will be announced in November. The prize winners for India will be announced on Wednesday 1 November.
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