Research Development

Research Development Fund

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 £858,000 into fostering international, interdisciplinary research collaboration.

The RDF is open only to researchers at WUN member institutions. For further information on the RDF, contact the WUN Program Officer, Megan O'Callaghan or your local WUN Coordinator.

 2014 Reseach Development Fund

WUN is pleased to announce the launch of the 2014 Research Development Fund. Now in its sixth year, the RDF offers grants to researchers at WUN universities to foster research collaboration across the network. Seed grants of up to a maximum of £15,000 (average award £10,000) are offered to support research projects in the four WUN Global Challenges. View a media release on the 2014 WUN RDF launch from WUN Executive Director, Professor John Hearn.

If you wish to apply, please download the WUN RDF Application Form and WUN RDF Guidelines document. Applications along with all accompanying documents must be submitted by the WUN institutional Coordinator via email to mocallaghan@wun.ac.uk no later than 5pm GMT on Friday 31 October 2014.

 2013 Research Development Fund

The results of the 2013 round of the RDF were announced on 2 December 2013. A total of £166,786 was invested across 16 projects. 

List of 2013 WUN RDF Grants  

 2012 Research Development Fund

The results of the 2012 round of the RDF were announced on 18 December 2012. A total of  £239,000 was invested across 25 projects. 

List of 2012 WUN RDF Grants  

 2011 Research Development Fund

The results of the 2011 round of the RDF were announced on 12 December 2011. A total of £198,534 was invested across 17 projects. 

List of 2011 WUN RDF Grants  

 2010 Research Development Fund

The results of the 2010 round of the RDF were announced on 18 January 2011. A total of £216,659 was invested across 17 projects. 

List of 2010 WUN RDF Grants  

 2009 Research Development Fund

The results of the 2009 round of the RDF were announced on 16 February 2010. A total of £204,416 was invested across 21 projects. 

List of 2009 WUN RDF Grants  

Local WUN funding schemes

Most WUN member universities offer seed funding to support the development of WUN research programs. These programs are open only to researchers at the home university and are made available at different times throughout the year. Contact your local WUN Coordinator for further information.

UniversityFunding SchemeContact
The University of Alberta WUN Research Mobility Fund Tamara Day
The University of Auckland International Central Networks Fund Usha Bhatia
The University of Bergen Strategic Program for International Research & Education (SPIRE) Bjorn Erik Andersen
The University of Bristol WUN Symposium Awards Susie Jim
The University of Bristol IAS/WUN Research Workshop Scheme Susie Jim
The University of Cape Town WUN Research Mobility Program Lara Dunwell
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Global Scholarship Programme for Research Excellence
PhD Student Exchange Programme

Short-term Faculty Exchange Programme

Yvonne Heung
The University of Leeds Fund for International Research Collaboration Louise Heery
The University of Rochester Researcher Mobility Travel Grants Scott Steele
The University of Southampton

Research Mobility Programme

Global Partnerships Award

Elisa Lawson
The University of Sydney International Program Development Fund (IPDF) Amanda Sayan
The University of Western Australia Research Collaboration Awards Judy Berman
The University of York WUN RDF Awards Anna Wishart