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Cambridge Global Challenges


The Research Environment Links (REL) programme in Turkey aims to support the research and academic environment by international collaboration; training programmes; knowledge exchange and best practice to promote capacity building collaboration shaped by the demands and priorities of Turkey and the UK.

The Newton Fund aims to build UK-partner country collaborations centred on shared research and innovation challenges which have direct relevance to Newton partner countries’ social welfare and economic development. The Professional Development and Engagement Programme (PDE) supports the research environment and enables optimal impact from research, shaped by the demands and development priorities of the partner country. 

REL grants under the PDE programme are designed to provide financial support for capacity building activities proposed by applicant institutions in Turkey working with partner organisations in the UK.  The proposed activities are designed by the Lead Applicant in Turkey with the support of a UK partner organisation


REL can be funded in any discipline or cross-discipline and there are no limits in terms of the type of activities that can be delivered, as long as these respond to country needs. 

Level of funding

  • Size of grant: up to £40,000
  • Duration of the grant: up to 12 months
  • ODA requirement: All applications must meet the required relevance to economic development or social welfare.


For full details please download the guidelines for applicants from the British Council website.

Cambridge Global Challenges is a Strategic Research Initiative of the University of Cambridge that aims to enhance the contribution of its research towards addressing global challenges and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

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