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Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) Research Development Fund (RDF) 2017/2018 will open in June 2017. 

What is WUN RDF?

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 :

  • Responding to Climate Change - global research platforms; resilience of human systems; food and environment security. 
  • Public Health (non-communicable disease) - lifecourse approach to healthy ageing; health of migrants; the resilience of adolescents and health workers in different cultural contexts; and schools as a setting for reducing risk factors associated with NCDs.
  • Global Higher Education and Research - access and equity in higher education: economic and social outcomes of diversity and globalisation. 
  • Understanding Cultures - migration and population; two-way understanding of China; global digital cultures; and indigenous peoples and societies.

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. 

Are you eligible?

The RDF is open only to academic staff at WUN member universities

Application Process

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)

Further information will be released nearer the time, please keep an eye on this website for updates.

Contact details

Andrew Brown
WUN Coordinator
International Relations