Jul 28 2021 | Posted by WUN

WUN Research Development Fund 2021

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WUN is pleased to announce that the Research Development Fund (RDF) 2021 round is now open. In its thirteenth year, the RDF provides researchers at member universities with grants of up to £10,000 to foster research collaborations across the network.

WUN Research Development Fund 2021: Mobilising for a Sustainable Future

As the world invests to overcome and move beyond the COVID-19 pandemic, there are major opportunities for research to inform national and international priorities in building a sustainable future. WUN’s capacity to assemble diverse teams of researchers gives it distinctive advantage in tackling some of the major emergent challenges in research areas where comparative analysis is important.

The RDF 2021 theme of Mobilising for a Sustainable Future reinforces WUN’s commitment to supporting research that addresses sustainable development.  The RDF 2021 Guidelines have been developed following consultation with the Global Challenge Steering Group Chairs Committee and the Academic Advisory Group.

“The RDF helps investigators establish collaborative projects that tap distinctive research strengths within the network,” said Peter Lennie, Executive Director of WUN. “The diversity of WUN enables it to bring powerful constellations of talent to bear on problems of real significance.”

In the 2020 Round WUN awarded over £170,000 to support 17 projects that began early this year. Notably, 20 WUN member universities were represented on awarded projects research teams.

Since 2009 the WUN Research Development Fund (RDF) has directly invested over £2.2 million to establish research projects on problems of global significance, and on which member universities, working together, can make real progress.

The RDF is open only to researchers at WUN member universities, and proposals must be endorsed by the local WUN Academic Advisory Group member.

Applications must be completed on our online application portal by Friday, 22 October 2021 at 21.00 UK time.  Please note, however, that each university has its own internal deadlines.  If you are considering submitting a proposal you should first contact your local WUN Coordinator.

For more information visit the Research Development page.