WUN Central Research Development Fund

How to apply to to the WUN Central Research Development Fund 2016

The WUN Central Research Development Fund (RDF) offers grants of up £12,000 to support research collaborations in the following WUN Global Challenges:

Download descriptions of these WUN Global Challenges 2016 (PDF, 369kB).

RDF funds may support exploratory research initiatives, targeted workshops, faculty exchanges and the formation of collaborative networks, among other activities. Applications that incorporate a research mobility component for early career researchers and postgraduate students are encouraged.

Please note: during this year's round of awards, research proposals must also be aligned with the priorities of the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) and therefore involve WUN partners in ODA countries (i.e. University of Ghana, University of Cape Town, Renmin University of China, Zhejiang University) as key collaborators.

The GCRF Priority Areas are:

  1. Secure and resilient food systems supported by sustainable agriculture
  2. Sustainable health and well being
  3. Inclusive and equitable quality education
  4. Clean air, water and sanitation
  5. Renewable energy and materials
  6. Sustainable livelihoods supported by strong foundations for inclusive economic growth and innovation
  7. Resilience and action on short-term environmental shocks and long-term environmental change
  8. Sustainable cities and communities
  9. Understand and effectively respond to forced displacement and multiple refugee crises
  10. Reduce conflict and promote peace, justice and humanitarian action
  11. Reduce poverty and inequality, including gender inequalities

For partnering and leading proposals which fall outside of 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. 


WUN Central has a deadline for submission of finalised applications on Friday 28 October 2016. The timeline below shows the key dates for staff who are planning to submit an application to the scheme this year:

  1. Bristol call for Expressions of Interest [Draft WUN RDF App Form 2016 (Office document, 72kB)]: Friday 30 September 2016
  2. Internal deadline (Bristol): Friday 14 October 2016
  3. WUN Central deadline for submission of finalised online applications: Noon, Friday 28 October 2016 

Staff who are interested in submitting an application this year 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 application form for Expressions of Interest and submit to Dr Susan Jim by Friday 14 October 2016

Bristol RDF 2016 Guidelines (PDF, 90kB)

Link to WUN RDF Application Portal

Link to UoB GCRF pages (University of bristol staff sign-in required)