The Worldwide Universities Network is a world leading research university network, tackling global challenges through international collaboration. The RDF provides grants of up to £10,000 to foster research collaborations among academic staff members at WUN partner universities.
The RDF supports work within the four WUN Global Challenges:
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.
The WUN prioritises proposals that align with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and almost a third of the WUN’s member universities are in ODA-compliant countries. A successful RDF project can help establish productive partnerships and networks that could form the basis of a proposal to a larger funding opportunity, such as the Global Challenges Research Fund.
Full information, including details of the Global Challenges Group's priority areas, can be found on the full WUN RDF Guidelines: 2018 RDF Guidelines (PDF , 569kb).WUN Research Development Fund Guide 2018/19 (PDF , 568kb)
The RDF is open only to academic staff at WUN member universities.
There 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. To be eligible for this internal review, applications must be submitted to the Global Engagement one month in advance of the WUN deadline. Applications that pass the internal review are then submitted to the WUN for further review by a central selection committee.