Funding brief: WUN re-invests a significant proportion of its membership subscriptions to foster international collaborative research. The Research Development Fund (RDF) is an annual competitive fund aimed at bringing together researchers to undertake innovative, high quality, sustainable research that addresses global challenges.
To date, the RDF has invested over £1.7 million into fostering international, interdisciplinary research collaboration.
The RDF provides grants of up to £10,0001, for one year, to augment institutional funds in fostering research collaborations among academic staff (faculty members) at partner universities. The RDF supports work within the four WUN Global Challenges that lie at the heart of our mission: Responding to Climate Change, Public Health (non-communicable diseases), Global Higher Education and Research, and Understanding Cultures.
Research on the Global Challenges is supported by four Global Challenge Steering Groups, whose priorities are informed by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The RDF provides a mechanism for the Steering Groups to stimulate research initiatives.
Grants from the RDF are intended to help launch larger projects that will strengthen WUN. Funds may be used to support such things as exploratory research initiatives, planning workshops, faculty exchanges and the formation of collaborative networks.
1.Projects should be academically rigorous, and address problems of consequence within the Global Challenges. Projects that address one or more 2018-19 priority areas identified by the Global Challenge Steering Groups are particularly encouraged.
2. Projects should establish or strengthen the collaborative linkages among member universities, and should engage at least three member universities in at least two countries. Projects that engage newer members of WUN, and those that engage early career researchers, are especially encouraged.
3. Projects should help enlarge the impact and recognition of WUN. Projects that have the following attributes are especially encouraged:
● They have significant public policy implications and outcomes that are likely to attract broad public interest.
● They address problems that are aligned with major international funding initiatives from national governments and/or international agencies.
4. Projects should be aimed at problems that the partnership can pursue with distinctive advantage. WUN is likely to have special advantage when the research problem:
● Requires distinctive constellations of talent that are best assembled (or can only be assembled) by drawing on multiple partners.
● Presents opportunities for comparative analysis, stemming from member universities’ locations in different geographical and cultural contexts.
● Requires access to unique environments/resources possessed by one or more partners.
RDF support is intended to match that provided by the applicants’ home universities. Institutions participating in an application must collectively commit cash support that, in total, equals or exceeds the sum requested from the RDF.
Priority Areas for 2018-19: For the 2018 application cycle, the Global Challenge Steering Groups have identified the following priority areas in which applications are particularly encouraged:
● Global Higher Education and Research|
Higher Education curriculum for the 21st century.
Legitimacy/authority of university in a changing world.
Global/local mobilities and Higher Education.
● Public Health (non-communicable diseases)
Welcomes applications in any topic of Public Health
Align with SDG #3 and/or other global priorities
● Responding to Climate Change
Food security (including marine foods) under increasing resource scarcity/risk, especially to address aspects of nutrition, supply chains, and pollution.
Renewable energy from wind, tidal/wave, and biofuels and the importance of micro/smartgrids
Plastic production and plastic waste, especially microplastics, for addressing environmental and health concerns.
The blue economy for supporting marine livelihoods, ocean biodiversity, and communities along coasts and rivers.
Advancing system approaches for smart climate services through big data, and mapping, particularly for disaster risk management.
Indigenous knowledge for building cultures of climate resiliency within climate-smart landscapes.
● Understanding Cultures
o Identify gaps in policy data, bringing scholarship to capacity development
o Borders and boundaries, securitisation and rights
o Using the reach of WUN to map the consequences of migration policies
o Heritage through the lens of mobility, identity and sustainability
Merging Migration and Heritage
o Memorials for the last rights
o UNESCO White Paper on Migration, Culture, and Heritage
Donor Name: Worldwide Universities Network (WUN)
Funding name: Research Development Fund
Deadline: Deadline for receipt of applications is Friday, 26th, October, 2018 at 5pm GMT.
Funding details link: Click to view
Funding limit: The RDF provides grants of up to £10,0001, for one year, to augment institutional funds in fostering research collaborations among academic staff (faculty members) at partner universities.
Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.
Project start date: N//A
Project duration: One Year
Eligible organization: As below
● The RDF is open only to researchers at WUN member institutions.
● Applications are accepted from WUN member universities only.
Eligible Country: Projects should establish or strengthen the collaborative linkages among member universities, and should engage at least three member universities in at least two countries.
Submission mail: Not found
How to apply: Interested applicant may apply through the website (Click to view).
● Note that all applicants must consult their university’s Coordinator before starting the application process.
● The RDF is open to academic staff (faculty members) at WUN member universities. Applications must first be approved for submission through an internal review at the principal investigator’s university and submitted to WUN with the sign-off of the local WUN Coordinator. Each member university may submit up to two applications on which its academic staff (faculty) are principal investigators. There is no limit on the number of applications on which an individual can be a coinvestigator.
● Applications must be accompanied by:
Program budget outlining key areas of expenditure (a common template will be provided).
CV of the principal investigator (1 page maximum) with URL links to partner investigators.
Letters of support from WUN partner universities confirming matching support, using the template provided as a download from the online application portal.
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