WUN today announced the 2016 round of the Research Development Fund (RDF).
Now in its eighth year, the RDF offers grants to researchers in WUN universities to foster research collaboration across the network. Seed grants of up to a maximum of £12,000 (average award £10,000) are offered to support research projects in the four WUN Global Challenges.
“The WUN RDF facilitates innovative research and strengthens partnerships within the Network”, said John Hearn, Executive Director of WUN. “Catalytic funding ignites innovative approaches to the world’s greatest challenges to be developed by leading minds across the globe. Since 2009 the RDF has contributed to WUN’s mission of fostering high-quality, relevant and sustainable research.”
Priority areas for 2016:
- Responding to Climate Change: focusing in the 2016 round on global research platforms; and resilience of human systems; related to food and environment security.
- Public Health: focusing in the 2016 round on life course approach to healthy ageing; health of migrants across the life course; 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: focusing in the 2016 round on access; mobility; and investment in higher education.
- Understanding Cultures: focusing in the 2016 round on migration and population; two-way understanding of China; transdisciplinary approaches to indigenous research; global digital cultures; and heritage.
In last year’s round, WUN dispensed £156,213 across 15 grants. Each year, the overall amount awarded is subject to the availability of funds. The 2015 fund supported a diverse range of research projects spanning migration and big data, public health and air pollution, African higher education, aged care in China, and climate change in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia.
The RDF is open only to faculty at WUN member institutions and proposals must be endorsed by the local WUN Academic Advisory Group member. Applications close on Friday 28 October 2016.
For more information visit the Research Development Fund page.
Dr Mike Hasenmueller
Worldwide Universities Network
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