WUN Research Development Fund 2018

What is the WUN Research Development Fund (RDF)?

The Worldwide Universities Network Research Development Fund (WUN RDF) offers grants of up to £10,000, for one year, to augment institutional funds in fostering research collaborations among academic staff at partner universities in the following WUN Global Challenges (GC):

Please download the WUN 2018 RDF Guidelines (PDF, 157kB) and WUN GC Priority Areas 2018 (PDF, 66kB). In addition, proposals must also align with one or more relevant United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). 

Grants from the RDF are intended to help launch larger projects that will strengthen WUN. Funds can be used to support exploratory research initiatives, planning workshops, staff exchanges and the formation of collaborative networks. Applications that incorporate research mobility for PhD students are encouraged.

Requirements for Bristol PIs and Co-Is

Research proposals involving Bristol academics as PIs or Co-Is must be aligned with the priorities of UKRI's Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) and involve WUN partners in ODA countries as key collaborators (i.e. the African Universities of Cape Town, Ghana and Nairobi; Chinese Universities of Renmin and Zhejiang; Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil, and Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico). 

The UKRI GCRF's research agenda for global development centres on the formation of multidisciplinary teams to develop original and transformative solutions-focused research and approaches to multidimensional challenges which are core to the SDGs.

Equitable access to sustainable development

Sustainable economies and societies

Human rights, good governance and social justice

For proposals which fall outside of these GCRF priorities, matched funding must be sought from the applicant's home School or Department - please approach your Head of Department/School in the first instance. 

Timeline for online application (2018 scheme)

WUN Central has a deadline for online submission of finalised applications. The timeline below shows the key dates for Bristol:

  1. August: Bristol call for Expressions of Interest. PIs to complete the Draft WUN RDF Application Form 2018 (Office document, 76kB)
  2. Fri 21 Sep: Deadline for submission of draft proposals to ias-admin@bristol.ac.uk
  3. Fri 28 Sep: Announcement of 2 RDF projects invited for full proposal and call for Co-Is
  4. Fri 12 Oct: Deadline for nominations of Co-Is (short biography to include motivations for joining the project)
  5. Fri 19 Oct: Deadline for institutional Letters of Support pledging 'matched funds' for Co-Is
  6. Fri 26 Oct (5pm GMT): WUN Central deadline for online submission of applications

Staff who are interested in submitting an application should discuss with the Bristol IAS/WUN Development Manager, Dr Susan Jim (susan.jim@bris.ac.uk) t: +44 (0)117 928 9172 (ext: 89172).

Staff should then complete the Draft WUN RDF Application Form 2018 (Office document, 76kB) and submit to Ms Sam Barlow / Mr Barry Dolan (ias-admin@bristol.ac.uk). Further information:

For further UKRI GCRF information and other UoB pump-priming opportunities for ODA compliant or international research, please visit: