WUN Research Development Fund 2020

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:

This year's theme is Sustainable Development/Recovery post-COVID19. Please download the ‌‌‌‌WUN RDF 2020 Guidelines (PDF, 1,405kB).

Proposals must also align with one or more of six relevant United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs):

Grants from the RDF are intended to help launch larger projects that will strengthen research partnerships across the network and enhance WUN's research profile. For more on how the funds can be spent, see the guidance here.

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. 

Timeline for online application (n.b. 2020 scheme, for reference)

The deadline for online submission of finalised applications to WUN Central is 5pm GMT, Thursday 23 October 2020. Key dates for Bristol:
  1. August: Bristol open call for Expressions of Interest. PIs to complete the Draft WUN RDF Application Form 2020 (Office document, 81kB)
  2. Fri 18 Sep: Deadline for submission of draft proposals to the WUN International Research Partnerships Officer (robert.crowe@bristol.ac.uk)
  3. Fri 25 Sep: Announcement of 2 RDF projects invited for full proposal and call for Co-Is
  4. Fri 9 Oct: Deadline for nominations of Co-Is (short biography to include motivations for joining the project)
  5. Fri 23 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 Development Manager/Perivoli Africa Research Centre Manager, 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: