Last year, CRDF Global , a nonprofit that supports international research collaboration, and the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) launched Newton’s List, an online clearinghouse of active funding opportunities for researchers, students, and educators.
Newton’s List is designed to help funders attract a broader, more diverse range of quality proposals from a broader international community of researchers—of particular value to smaller, lesser-known organizations. It also provides grant seekers with a free, user-based platform to find opportunities in the natural sciences, engineering, education, the social sciences, and STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).
All opportunities posted to Newton’s List must involve research and promote international collaboration. However, the site is not limited to research grants alone—organizations also can list travel grants, fellowships, scholarships, and workshop grants.
Recent funding opportunities have included grants from the Food & Business Applied Research Fund to support applied research that addresses food security issues, the French National Research Agency to fund projects involving at least one French team and one German team, and the NSF to help researchers at eligible U.S. institutions pay for the travel required to establish international collaborations. Other grants involve global issues such as climate change, water conservation, and sustainable food production.
Newton’s List is designed to promote a robust international network of research collaboration that “generates new knowledge and fosters mutually beneficial relationships across borders,” says Cathy Campbell, CRDF global president. “There is also great value for young and early-career researchers in areas with limited resources, and for universities seeking to expand their international research capacities.”
Eventually CRDF Global and NSF hope to incorporate other features to the site, such as message boards, news feeds, and features on individual funding agencies. To view or post opportunities on Newton’s List or to provide feedback on the site by completing a user survey, visit www.newtonslist.org.