||<p>BEIS has two research and innovation Official Development Funds: the Newton Fund
and Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). The funds are distributed through the
UK’s main public bodies for the allocation of government research funds including
UK Research and Innovation and the four National Academies.</p><p> </p><p>BEIS does
not hold a record of the number of individuals supported across all funding bodies.
However, since 2014, UK Research and Innovation (and its predecessor bodies) has supported
over 2000 researchers based outside of the EU through Global Challenges Research Fund
and Newton Fund programmes.</p><p> </p><p>A Newton funded research collaboration between
experts from Fundação Oswaldo Cruz Recife (Fiocruz) and the MRC-University of Glasgow
Centre for Virus Research played a major role in Brazil’s response to the Zika epidemic.
The first in the world to focus on Zika virus epidemiology, the project informed policy
and resulted in basic understanding of the virus, paving the way for more advanced
research to take place.</p><p> </p>