The Leaders in Innovation Fellowship (LIF)  Programme aims to build the entrepreneurship capacity of researchers to help them commercialise innovations that address development challenges.
A select cohort of Filipino researchers benefits from a focused period of training and coaching in the UK, masterclasses from the UK’s Royal Academy of Engineering Fellows, and opportunities for international networking. The programme creates international networks of innovators, expert mentors, and technology entrepreneurs. Upon return to the Philippines, the cohort continues to benefit from on-going training and support in taking their commercialisation plan forward.
The Leaders in Innovation Fellowship Programme forms part of the Newton Agham Programme, a collaboration between the UK government and the Philippine government in science, research and innovation. The LIF programme is delivered by the UK’s Royal Academy of Engineering in partnership with the Philippine Department of Science and Technology and the Asian Institute of Management.


The Newton Agham (Science) Programme is collaboration between the UK and the Philippines in science, research and innovation. The UK Government through its embassies works with local institutions such as the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and with UK delivery partners, including the British Council, Medical Research Council (MRC), Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), Research Councils UK (RCUK) and the Royal Academy of Engineering.

In 2014, the UK government launched the Newton Fund, a £735 million fund to support science and innovation partnerships with emerging knowledge economies. The Fund helps promote the economic development and social welfare of partner countries, recognising that science, technology, and innovation capability are essential to drive long-term sustainable growth and to develop new technologies that would benefit the most vulnerable in society.

The Fund covers three broad categories of activity:

People: science and innovation capacity building activities, exchanges, and fellowships.
Programmes:  research collaborations on development topics.
Translation: creating solutions to development challenges and strengthening innovation systems.

The priority areas in the Philippines are: health and life sciences, improving environmental resilience, energy security, future cites, agritech, and digital, innovation and creativity.

The Fund is part of the UK’s Official Development Assistance. For more information visit: www.newtonfund.ac.uk


Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Asian Institute of Management (AIM)
As the UK’s national academy for engineering, the Royal Academy of Engineering brings together the most successful and talented engineers from across the engineering sectors to advance and promote excellence in engineering.
The Academy has four strategic challenges: make the UK the leading nation for engineering innovation; address the engineering skills crisis; position engineering at the heart of society; and lead the profession.
The Academy provides analysis and policy support to promote the UK’s role as a great place to do business. They take a lead on engineering education and invest in the UK’s world-class research base to underpin innovation. They also work to improve public awareness and understanding of engineering.
The Royal Academy of Engineering is a national academy with a global outlook, and they use their international partnerships to ensure that the UK benefits from international networks, expertise, and investment.
The Department of Science and Technology is the premiere science and technology body in the country charged with the twin mandate of providing central direction, leadership and coordination of all scientific and technological activities, and of formulating policies, programs and projects to support national development.

Originally established as the National Science and Development Board (NSDB) on 13 June 1958, it was reconstituted as the National Science and Technology Authority (NSTA) on 17 March 1981 with the vision of "A competent and competitive science and technology community with a social conscience."
With the agency's elevation to full cabinet stature by virtue of Executive Order 128 signed on 30 January 1987, the functions and responsibilities of DOST expanded correspondingly to include the following:
  • Pursue the declared state policy of supporting local scientific and technological effort
  • Develop local capability to achieve technological self-reliance
  • Encourage greater private sector participation in research and development  
The Asian Institute of Management is the Asian pioneer in management education. Since it was founded in 1968 by the Harvard Business School and academics as well as prominent business leaders of the Philippines, AIM has been committed to contributing to sustaining the growth of Asian businesses and societies through developing professional, entrepreneurial, and socially responsible managers and leaders.
AIM’s 41,000-strong alumni, who have profited from its proven strength in practitioner-based education offered through Washington SyCip Graduate School of Business and its unique development management education provided by Zuellig School of Development Management, all under one roof, are well recognized for their ability to navigate complex and dynamic spaces, and occupy key positions in business, state and development corporations all over the world.
AIM’s education and training meet the global accreditation standards of the US-based Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). AIM offers five degree programs: Master in Business Administration (both full time and executive), Master of Science in Innovation and Business, Master in Entrepreneurship, and Master in Development Management. The Institute is also highly recognized for open enrollment and custom executive programs for business as well as non-business organizations.