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WUN Central Development Fund - call for applications

The WUN Research Development Fund offers grants of up £15,000 (average £10,000) from an overall fund in 2009 of up to £200,000 to support research collaborations in the following WUN Global Challenges:

  • Adapting to Climate Change
  • Furthering the Frontiers of Cultural Understanding
  • Opportunities and Challenges of Globalisation

Grants are also offered to support research collaborations addressing the following emerging Global Challenges:

  • Global Health – (Public Health – non-communicable disease)
  • New Frontiers in Information and Communications Technology

Programmes may include 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.

The WUN Research Development Fund will not cover salaries or salary supplementation; equipment depreciation; scholarships; course fees and bench fees. The fund is designed to catalyse and augment the investment by WUN member universities in international research initiatives. Consequently an award from WUN should be matched by cash funding of equal or greater value, using the sum total investment of the program partners.

Assessment Criteria

Applications will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • Quality – programmes are of high research quality and impact, innovative, inter-disciplinary, and international in scope. The programme should preferably engage at least three WUN member universities in at least three countries. The collaboration can include non-WUN universities and external partners but must have an active core of WUN members.
  • Leadership – programmes are led by recognised academics with a demonstrated track record of research excellence and include early career researchers and PhD students. Programmes should involve a team of researchers across a range of relevant disciplines and regions.
  • Sustainability – programmes will build longer term international relationships based on genuine commitment by the research partners, demonstrated matching cash and in kind support by the partner institutions and the potential to attract external funding.

Application process in Bristol

Application forms must first be submitted to the WUN Development Manger in Bristol no later than Friday 13 November 2009. Applications that are incomplete or received after the closing date will not be considered.

Please contact the WUN Development Manager in Bristol if you are interested in submitting an application.