WUN Funding Opportunities

Research Development Fund

The Research Development Fund (RDF) provides seed support to undertake globally-collaborative, innovative, high-quality, research that addresses selected global challenges. The RDF is open only to researchers at WUN member institutions. 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.

A maximum of £10,000 (approx. $13,000 USD) is available from WUN to support early-stage collaborative projects aimed at launching sustainable collaborative research programs involving multiple WUN member institutions as well as other collaborators. Participating institutions provide 1:1 matching funds to augment WUN RDF support. Our campus will provide up to $10,000 per proposal in matching funds for up to 2 UMA-led RDF proposals in 2018.

In addition to leading an RDF-supported project, UMass Amherst faculty are eligible to participate as collaborators on RDF projects led by faculty at other WUN institutions. Opportunities are anticipated throughout the RDF proposal cycle. We will also provide required matching funds (up to $5000) for up to three proposals for which UMA is not the lead.

Please note: The WUN Research Development Fund does not cover management fees (overhead costs or indirect costs), faculty or student salaries or salary supplementation, purchase of capital assets, equipment depreciation, scholarships, course fees and bench fees. Where funds are to be used for air travel, only economy class fares are permissible.

Information on the 2017 RDF Competition

  • July 15, 2017: Open
  • August 17, 2017: Required, not binding—deadline for Letter of Intent
  • October 2, 2017: Required - deadline for Full Proposal Internal Deadline to ORD
    • Send proposal to Michelle Wonsey (mwonsey@research.umass.edu)
  • October 3 - 13, 2017: UMA Review Process
  • October 16, 2017: UMA support pledged
  • October 27, 2017: Full Proposals Due to WUN (5pm GMT)
  • December 15, 2017: RDF Awards Made
  • February 2018: Projects Start

For more information please contact Loren Walker at loren@research.umass.edu or 413-577-3725.