Dec 16 2022 | Posted by WUN

Research Development Fund (RDF) 2022 Awards Announcement

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WUN is pleased to announce the results of the Research Development Fund (RDF) 2022.  These awards mark a direct investment of £220,000 in international collaborative research among WUN member universities. 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.

These newly awarded projects join 93 existing WUN research projects. Now in its 14th year, the WUN Research Development Fund has directly invested over £2.8 million to date in establishing research projects on problems of global significance, and on which member universities, working together, can make real progress.

Peter Lennie, Executive Director of WUN, said “We received a record number of applications this year, reflecting the scale and richness of the collaborations that are being formed across the network. The applications were also unusually strong, and we are very pleased to have been able to support 22 of them—more than at any time in the last 10 years.”

Further information on WUN research programs can be found here.

Research projects awarded funds in the 2022 round include (lead university in bold): 

  • Building capacity to understand and improve urban resilience to blast threats: A comparative analysis of the 2020 Beirut explosion

Research Team: University of Cape Town; University of Sheffield; University of Southampton; University of Technology Sydney

  • Climate Change and RMNCAH (Reproductive Maternal, Newborn, Child, and Adolescent Health): An Evidence Gap Map Exercise

Research Team: University of Alberta; University of Ghana; Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais; The University of Sheffield

  • Climate Justice by Design

Research Team: The University of Auckland; University of Ghana; University of Leeds; Tecnologico de Monterrey; University of Rochester

  • Development and investigation of the feasibility and efficacy of an intervention program for behaviour change and self-management in the stroke secondary prevention

Research Team: University College Dublin; Makerere University; Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais

  • Development of Home-based Augmented Reality Social Story Training Modules for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in South Africa, Thailand, and Taiwan

Research Team: University of Cape Town; Mahidol University; National Cheng Kung University; University of Pretoria

  • Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications of Wastewater Surveillance: A social science research agenda for COVID-19 and beyond

Research Team: University of Cape Town; Makerere University; University of Rochester; University of York

  • Examining the contribution of protected area-based tourism to Sustainable Development Goals in the sub-Saharan Africa

Research Team: Makerere University; University of Pretoria; University of Technology Sydney

  • Gender Trouble: Glocalization of gender politics and challenges for public health and democracy

Research Team: University of Bergen; University of Lausanne; Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais; University of Pretoria

  • Green hydrogen production from regional resources in Low and Middle-Income Countries

Research Team: University of Leeds; Makerere University; Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais; University of York

  • Health System Resilience for Extreme Weather Emergencies

Research Team: University of Alberta; University of Ghana; University of Leeds; Mahidol University; National Cheng Kung University; The University of Sheffield; University of Technology Sydney

  • Identifying a global health/public health research agenda for self-care in chronic disease: A transdisciplinary, multi-sectoral global summit

Research Team: University of Alberta; The Chinese University of Hong Kong; Mahidol University, University of Southampton; University of Technology Sydney

  • Improving management of post-traumatic stress in orphans and vulnerable children

Research Team: University of Ghana; Makerere University; University of Southampton

  • Industrial Policy for the Green Hydrogen Economy

Research Team: University of Cape Town; Maastricht University; Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais

  • Maternal Mental Health: global chronic stress and preterm birth risk prediction

Research Team: University of Alberta; The University of Auckland; The Chinese University of Hong Kong; University of Ghana; Tecnologico de Monterrey; University of Southampton

  • Novel robust computer vision methods and synthetic datasets for minimally invasive surgery

Research Team: University of Leeds; Tecnologico de Monterrey; University of Southampton

  • Participatory Water Quality Monitoring for Sustainable Development

Research Team: Maastricht University; Mahidol University; University of York

  • Sustainable, affordable, and robust 3D (Bio)printing solutions to enable the access to advanced therapies, diagnostic systems, and biomedical education within disadvantaged communities

Research Team: University of Cape Town; Maastricht University; Makerere University; Tecnologico de Monterrey; University of Technology Sydney

  • Sustainable impact on the acute and subacute recovery-stress state based on long COVID

Research Team: University of Alberta; University of Pretoria; Rur University Bochum; University of Technology Sydney

  • Sustainable Production of Hydrogen through Photoreforming of Organic Waste

Research Team: University of Alberta; University of Cape Town; Rur University Bochum; The University of Sheffield; University of Technology Sydney

  • Teachers’ conceptions of learning science in primary school and its predictive impact on students’ learning of and self-efficacy in science

Research Team: University of Alberta; University of Bristol; University of Cape Town; University of Ghana; Mahidol University; Makerere University; Tecnologico de Monterrey; University of Pretoria; University of Technology Sydney

  • Towards Net Zero and Sustainable Cities with Resource Optimisation, Circular Economy and Research Network (NZS CITIES)

Research Team: University of Alberta; The University of Auckland; The Chinese University of Hong Kong; University College Dublin; Maastricht University; Mahidol University; Makerere University; The University of Sheffield; University of York

  • Understanding Levels & Transformation of Toxic Mercury in Mangrove Ecosystems in Different Continents

Research Team: The Chinese University of Hong Kong; University of Ghana; Mahidol University; University of Technology Sydney