WUN Research Development Fund 2019

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 2019 RDF Guidelines (PDF, 135kB). 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. For proposals which fall outside the 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 (2019 scheme)

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

  1. August: Bristol open call for Expressions of Interest. PIs to complete the Draft WUN RDF Application Form 2019 (Office document, 79kB)
  2. Fri 20 Sep: Deadline for submission of draft proposals to the WUN International Research Partnerships Officer (robert.crowe@bristol.ac.uk).
  3. Fri 27 Sep: Announcement of 2 RDF projects invited for full proposal and call for Co-Is
  4. Fri 11 Oct: Deadline for nominations of Co-Is (short biography to include motivations for joining the project)
  5. Fri 18 Oct: Deadline for institutional Letters of Support pledging 'matched funds' for Co-Is
  6. Thu 31 Oct (5pm GMT): WUN Central deadline for online submission of applications

Staff who are interested in submitting an application should discuss with the Bristol WUN Coordinator, Dr Susan Jim (susan.jim@bris.ac.uk) t: (+44) 07989 227536.

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