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 £1.9 million into fostering international, interdisciplinary research collaboration.
The RDF provides grants of up to £10,000 , for one year, to augment institutional funds in fostering research collaborations among academic staff (faculty members) at partner universities. The RDF supports work across 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.
Four Global Challenge Steering Groups identify priorities that 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 stimulate larger collaborative projects that will strengthen WUN and make the collaborating partners competitive for major awards. Funds may be used to support such things as exploratory research initiatives, planning workshops, faculty exchanges and the formation of collaborative networks.
Attributes of a strong project:
Projects should be academically rigorous, and address problems of consequence within the broad research domain covered by the Global Challenges. Projects that address one or more 2019-20 priority areas identified by the Global Challenge Steering Groups, and/or involve collaboration across two or more Global Challenges, are particularly encouraged. More information about priority areas can be found at the bottom of this document.
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 are especially encouraged.
Projects should help enlarge the impact and global recognition of WUN. Projects that have the following attributes are especially encouraged: They have significant 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.
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: 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.
Note: Salaries of existing research staff are not acceptable as matching cash support. RDF support is not intended to replace other sources of funds for which a project might be eligible.
The RDF is intended as launch support. Funds may cover the costs of such activities as exploratory research initiatives, planning workshops, faculty exchanges and the formation of collaborative networks, and engagement with students via guest lectures or master classes.
The RDF does not support management fees, salaries or salary supplementation, purchase of capital assets, equipment depreciation, scholarships, course fees and bench fees. Where funds are to be used for air travel, only economy class fares are permissible.
Priority areas for 2019-2020
Projects that address one or more 2019-20 priority areas identified by the Global Challenge Steering Groups, and/or involve collaboration across two or more Global Challenges, are particularly encouraged.
● Global Higher Education and Research
Transforming the higher education curriculum for the 21st century
Strengthening the legitimacy and authority of the university in a changing world
Critically examining/enabling global and local mobilities of people, ideas, programmes, knowledges in higher education
● Responding to Climate Change
Affordable and clean energy
Climate-resilient food systems
Responsible production, consumption, and disposal of plastics
● Public Health (non-communicable diseases)
Life course approach to health
Health systems, policies, and frameworks
Inequalities within and across countries
Evidence based interventions for disease prevention and health promotion
● Understanding Cultures
Heritage and Climate Change
Threat to Humanities
Donor Name: Worldwide Universities Network (WUN):
Funding name: Research Development Fund
Deadline: The 2019 Research Development Fund (RDF) call for applications is open from 31st, July. Applications close on 31st, October, 2019 at 5pm GMT
Funding details link: Click to view
Funding limit: The RDF provides grants of up to £10,000, for one year.
Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.
Project start date: Not Found
Project duration: Awarded funds should be expended within 12 months. Funds unspent at the conclusion of the 12-month award period may be recalled by WUN.
Eligible organization: As below
Eligibility: 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 co-investigator.
Eligible Country: As above
Submission mail: Not found
How to apply: Interested applicant may apply through the website (Click to view).
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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