The Worldwide Universities Network is a world leading research university network, tackling global challenges through international collaboration. The WUN Research Development Fund fosters innovative, international collaborative research and mobility programs.
The RDF provides grants (average £10,000) with the firm expectation that projects will result in academic publications, policy impact and sustainability through securing funding from external sources.
Proposals are particularly encouraged that address one or more of the following Global Challenges as well as one of WUN’s developing cross-cutting themes in economics, big data, and regional programs of the Global China Group and the Global Africa Group :
Projects are assessed on the basis of research and leadership quality, and a clear ability to become self-sustaining. Examples of activities include faculty exchanges, formation of collaborative networks or jointly sponsored workshops which contribute to the development of a wider WUN partnership.
The RDF is open only to academic staff at WUN member universities.
This is a 2-stage assessment process for the WUN RDF applications. They are assessed and prioritised initially by a York panel chaired by the PVC for Research. The applications submitted by York are then assessed by a central WUN selection committee.
Whether you are applying to lead a project or participating in another WUN partner's bid, please contact Andrew Brown, University of York's WUN Coordinator, to discuss the application in advance of this deadline (see contact details below)
Please read the full WUN RDF Guidelines: RDF Guidelines 2016 (PDF , 603kb)
Please submit your application via WUN's online application form.