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2016 Research Development Funding (RDF) Awards

5 January 2017

The Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) has announced the results of the 2016 round of the annual Research Development Fund, marking a direct investment in international, interdisciplinary research collaboration among WUN member universities in the amount of £111,473.

A total of 12 projects have been awarded funding for projects to begin in early 2017, joining the almost 100 existing collaborative research programs engaging over 2,300 researchers and students in the Network.  Applications overall were of such quality that an impressive 40% of proposals were funded.

The WUN Research Development Fund (RDF) started in 2009 with the specific aim of investing directly in collaborative research that catalyses innovation and builds our partnership. It provides seed grants to support the establishment of global research projects, enabling them to lay the groundwork for later approaches to national and international funding bodies.

Over seven years the RDF has invested more than £1.6 million across 140 research programs. This is in addition to the £60,000 we invest each year through our Global Challenge Fund and through our investments in mature research programs through the Sustainability Fund.

A list of the Research programs that have been awarded funding in the 2016 round can be viewed here

Further information

The University of Bristol's WUN Co-ordinator is Dr Susan Jim

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