WUN Central Research Development Fund

How to apply to to the WUN Central Research Development Fund 2017

The WUN Central Research Development Fund (RDF) offers grants of up to £10,000 to support research collaborations in the following WUN Global Challenges:

Download descriptions of these WUN Global Challenges 2017 (PDF, 444kB). In addition, proposals must also align with one or more relevant United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

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, Bristol's research proposals must be aligned with the priorities of the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) and therefore 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; National Cheng Kung University of Taiwan; Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil and Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico). 

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 27 October 2017. 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 2017 (Office document, 74kB)
    Internal deadline (Bristol): Friday 22 September 2017
  2. WUN Central deadline for submission of finalised online applications: Noon, Friday 27 October 2017 

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 22 September 2017.

Bristol RDF 2017 Guidelines (PDF, 227kB)

Link to WUN RDF Application Portal

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