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 £1.7 million 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 General Manager, Mike Hasenmueller, or your local WUN Coordinator.

2018 Research Development Fund

The 2018 WUN Research Development Fund (RDF) application process is now open.  Applications are accepted from WUN member universities only.

Please take careful note of the RDF Guidelines before submitting via the WUN online application portal

Note that all applicants must consult their university's Coordinator before starting the application process.  After completing that step, applicants may simply go to the portal, create an account, and click 'Apply' to access the application form.

Deadline for receipt of applications is Friday, 26 October 2018 at 5pm GMT.  Note that most universities have internal deadlines well in advance of this date. Check with your Coordinator for more details.

 2017 Research Development Fund

Results of the 2017 WUN RDF were announced on 15 December 2017. A total of over £130,000 was invested across 14 projects.

List of 2017 WUN RDF grants

 2016 Research Development Fund

Reference document:  WUN RDF 2016 Guidelines.

Results of the 2016 WUN Research Development Fund were announced on 15 December 2016, please find the media release here. A total of £111,473 was invested across 12 projects.

 2015 Research Development Fund

The results of the 2015 WUN Research Development Fund were announced on 11 December 2015. A total of £156,213 was invested across 15 projects. 

List of 2015 WUN RDF Grants.

Reference documents

 2014 Research Development Fund

The results of the 2014 round of the RDF were announced on 12 December 2014. A total of £189,671 was invested across 19 projects.

List of 2014 WUN RDF Grants

Reference documents

 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 John Bell
The University of Auckland International Central Networks Fund Deborah McAllister
The University of Bergen Strategic Program for International Research & Education (SPIRE) Bjorn Erik Andersen
The University of Bristol

University of Bristol Funding Opportunities 

University of Bristol WUN RDF Page 

Susie Jim
The University of Cape Town WUN Research Mobility Program Wilna Venter
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Global Scholarship Programme for Research Excellence

PhD Student Exchange Programme

Schemes for Faculty Members

Yvonne Heung
The University of Leeds Fund for International Research Collaboration Anna Lewandowska
The University of Massachusetts Amherst Investigator Initiated Workshops Fund Loren Walker
The University of Rochester Researcher Mobility Travel Grants Ruth Levenkron
The University of Sheffield

Research Mobility Programme

Danielle Bertrand

The University of Southampton

Research Mobility Programme

Global Partnerships Award

Research Development Fund

Keith Johnstone

The University of Sydney

Flexible Initiative Fund (FIF)  

Rebecca Whitcomb
The University of Western Australia Research Collaboration Awards Judy Berman
The University of York WUN RDF Awards Andrew Brown