World Universities Network (WUN)

Research Development Fund (RDF)

WUN re-invests a significant proportion of its membership subscriptions to foster international collaborative research. The RDF is an annual competitive fund aimed at bringing together researchers to undertake innovative, high quality, sustainable research that addresses global challenges. The funding creates new multilateral opportunities for international collaboration in research and postgraduate education.

The 2017 call for RDF applications has not yet been issued.

In the cycle ending in 2017, RDF granted seed funding of amounts typically up to £15,000 (average £10,000), to launch longer-term research collaborations within the current WUN Global Challenges. The following conditions applied:

  • The amount requested in a proposal from WUN will have to be matched by all universities partnering on a proposed project.
  • There is a firm expectation that funded projects will result in academic publications, policy impact and on-going sustainability through securing funding from external sources.
  • RDF funds may cover the costs of 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. We therefore encourage postdoctoral fellows to work with eligible staff to put in a joint proposal.

The project should engage at least three WUN member universities from at least three different countries. The collaboration can include non-WUN universities and external partners but it must have an active core of WUN member universities.

For more information, please contact UCT’s WUN coordinator Wilna Venter at the Research Office.