The Newton – Al-Farabi Partnership Programme is a five-year, £20 million joint programme launched in 2014 by the UK Government and the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Each side will provide equal 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 bi-lateral and multi-lateral programmes the UK and Kazakhstan hope to develop existing contacts and build strong, sustainable, systemic relationships in research and innovation. The Newton – Al-Farabi Partnership Programme is coordinated by JSC Science Fund, for Kazakhstan, and the British Council, for the UK.

The programme will initially support capacity building, people exchange and joint centres, with a focus on six priority areas:

  • Energy
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Agri-technology
  • Resilience and natural disasters
  • Ecology and the environment
  • Food and water

In future years it is intended that the Programme will increasingly support UK-Kazakhstan research collaborations in these areas and the translation of innovation into commercial and social value.

Find out more

For more information about the Newton Fund, please visit the Newton Fund webpage.

The Universities UK International website has information about calls being launched across all partner countries.

For more information on the Newton – Al-Farabi Partnership Programme, please email

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