The Weather and Climate Science for Service Partnership Programme comprises projects to develop partnerships harnessing UK scientific expertise to build the basis for strengthening the resilience of vulnerable communities to weather and climate variability, supported by the UK government's Newton Fund.
The Newton Fund aims to promote the economic development and welfare of 16 partner countries to address the problems of people in developing countries around the world. It aims to develop science and innovation partnerships that promote economic development and social welfare as well as unlocking further funding to support poverty alleviation.
The Met Office is a Newton Fund delivery partner on behalf of UK government. We are administering the Newton Fund through the Weather and Climate Science for Service Partnership (WCSSP) programme. The WCSSP Programme currently includes the following projects: the Climate Science for Service Partnership China (CSSP China), the Weather and Climate Science for Service Partnership South Africa (WCSSP South Africa) and Climate Science for Service Partnership Brazil (CSSP Brazil).
The WCSSP Programme draws on expertise across the breadth of the UK research community. We will allocate funding for WCSSP Programme projects through open competition.
Information about research opportunities under the WCSSP Programme and guidance on how to apply for WCSSP Programme research opportunities can be found on the Newton Fund Weather and Climate Science for Service Partnership Programme opportunities page. We are establishing a Weather and Climate Science for Service Partnership for South East Asia and are currently inviting UK researchers to register their interest or make applications for a number of research grant opportunities.
The projects aim to develop strong, sustainable partnerships between UK and local research organisations to help enhance the scientific foundation for services to strengthen the resilience of vulnerable communities to weather and climate variability, and prepare for a changing climate.
Learn more about the Met Office's global weather and climate partnerships in the video below.