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 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:
- Climate Science for Service Partnership China (CSSP China)
- Weather and Climate Science for Service Partnership South Africa (WCSSP South Africa)
- Climate Science for Service Partnership Brazil (CSSP Brazil)
- Weather and Climate Science for Service Partnership Southeast Asia (WCSSP Southeast Asia)
The WCSSP Programme draws on expertise across the breadth of the UK research community. We 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. There are currently open research grant opportunities for UK researchers under the CSSP China and WCSSP Southeast Asia projects.
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.