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Research Development Fund

The Research Development Fund (RDF) offers grants for selected international research collaborations which demonstrate potential to become self-sustaining by securing external funding.

The WUN Research Development Fund (RDF) 2020 round is now open. Please carefully review the RDF 2020 Guidelines for full information.

The WUN RDF provides grants of up to £10,000 for one year to foster research collaborations among academic staff (faculty) at WUN member universities. Grants are intended to help stimulate larger collaborative projects that will strengthen WUN and make the collaborating partners competitive for major awards.

At the University of Sheffield, priority will be given to RDF applications including the following institutions: Renmin University of China, The University of Alberta, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (Brazil) and The University of Ghana.

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RDF Application Process

The University of Sheffield operates an internal shortlisting process before inviting successful candidates to submit full proposals. To apply to lead on a WUN RDF project you must firstly complete and submit a Letter of Intent to  Danielle.bertrand@sheffield.ac.uk by Monday 14 September 2020For LOI guidelines, application forms and other relevant documents, please see the downloads menu.

Each WUN partner university can submit a maximum of two proposals to WUN as PI.  Letters of Intent will be scored and shortlisted by the Sheffield WUN Steering Committee and a maximum of two applicants will be asked to complete a full proposal for submission to WUN by Monday 20 October 2020.

PLEASE NOTE: Whether you are applying to lead a project as PI or participate in another WUN partner's bid as Co-I, please contact the WUN Coordinator Danielle Bertrand to discuss the application in advance. Colleagues are required to submit all funding support requests to the Global Engagement prior to the internal deadline. Failure to do so may mean that financial support cannot be provided.

2020 key dates and deadlines:

Closing date for academics to submit LOI proposals to International Partnerships for review by Steering Committee Monday 14 September 2020
Successful applicants (maximum of two) invited to submit full RDF proposal Wednesday 23 September 2020
Full RDF proposal to be submitted by academics to International Partnerships Monday 19 October 2020
WUN Central deadline Friday 23 October 2020