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WUN Research Development Fund

The Research Development Fund is a catalytic fund bringing together WUN researchers from around the world to undertake innovative, high quality, sustainable research that addresses one of the four WUN Global Challenges.

WUN is fostering four global challenges
Global Challenge

The Research Development Fund (RDF) offers grants of up to £10,000 (to be matched by the institution). As an indication, in last year’s round WUN dispensed £120,076 across 12 research projects.

As a WUN (Worldwide Universities Network) member university, we may submit a maximum of two proposals. Proposals must demonstrate quality and leadership and must outline a realistic, well-considered plan to achieve on-going sustainability and financial support outside of WUN and be related to one of the WUN Global Challenges:


Responding to Climate Change


Public Health


Global Higher Education and Research


Understanding Cultures


The development of research on the Global Challenges is supported by four Steering Groups, and by four cross-cutting groups that support, promote and enable a focus on Africa and China and underpinning investigations on big data and economics. The RDF provides an important mechanism for these groups to stimulate new research initiatives on the Global Challenges.

As part of the WUN Strategic Plan 2017-2020, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals will inform research priorities within the WUN Global Challenge framework.  Therefore, a clear articulation of how the proposal aligns with one or more relevant United Nations Sustainable Development Goals within the context of the WUN Global Challenge(s) will be seen as a distinct advantage.


The official Call for Proposals has been released and the final deadline is 27 October 2017. Proposals associated with multiple faculties or Institute are particularly encouraged. For more information email Eleonora Gandolfi or visit the WUN website.



For more information about our internal deadline and template forms, please visit our website.

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