Worldwide Universities Network

Research Development Fund

World Universities Network (WUN) reinvests a significant proportion of its membership subscriptions in a fund to foster international collaborative research. This Research Development Fund (RDF) is an annual competitive fund aimed at bringing together researchers to undertake innovative, sustainable research that addresses global challenges. The funding creates new multilateral opportunities for international collaboration in research and postgraduate education.

In the cycle ending in 2017, the RDF granted seed funding (of amounts averaging £10 000) to launch longer-term research collaborations that tackle the WUN Global Challenges. The following conditions applied:

  • The amount requested in a proposal from WUN will have to be matched by all universities that are part of the proposed project.
  • There is a firm expectation that funded projects will result in academic publications, policy impact and ongoing sustainability.
  • 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. Postdoctoral fellows are encouraged to work with eligible staff to put in a joint proposal.

The project should engage at least 3 WUN member universities from at least 3 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.