Worldwide Universities Network

The University of Massachusetts Amherst has been an active member of the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) since 2015. The WUN is a global higher education and research network of 23 universities engaged in 88 active research initiatives, and involving more than 2,000 researchers and students on a diverse range of collaborative projects which address some of the world’s most urgent challenges. WUN supports collaborative research that is innovative and makes a difference, provides opportunities for established and emerging talent, attracts resources to sustain its world-class teams, and creates access and advantage for its members. 

WUN is strategically focused on four Global Challenge Areas: Responding to Climate Change, Understanding Cultures, Public Health: Non-Communicable Diseases, and Global Higher Education and Research. In addition, many WUN projects aim to address cross-cutting themes such as Big Data, Macroeconomics, China, and Africa. Visit the WUN website to learn more.

The Research Development Fund (RDF) is an annual competitive fund aimed at bringing together researchers to undertake innovative, high quality, sustainable research that addresses the global challenges listed above. 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. Projects that incorporate a research mobility component for early career researchers and graduate students are encouraged. In addition, matching funds are available to UMass Amherst faculty who would like to participate in a WUN proposal led by another WUN institution. Four UMass Amherst faculty have received WUN awards and three have been collaborators on other WUN projects.

Visit the WUN 2018 RDF webpage to learn more.

UMass Amherst Representatives in the WUN

  • WUN Partnership Board: Katherine Newman, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs 
  • WUN Academic Advisory Group: Martina Nieswandt, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement
  • WUN Coordinator Group: Loren Walker, Director, Research Development
  • Global Higher Education and Research Steering Group: TBD
  • Understanding Cultures Steering Group: TBD
  • Responding to Climate Change Steering Group: Om Parkash, Associate Professor, Stockbridge School of Agriculture
  • WUN Global Africa Group: Léonce Ndikumana, Professor, Department of Economics
  • WUN Economics Group: Gerald Friedman, Professor, Department of Economics 

WUN Links

For more information

You may sign up for an Office of Research and Development On Demand Workshop on the WUN, or contact:

Loren Walker, WUN Coordinator for UMass Amherst
+1-413-577-3725 (ofc)

Mary K. Green, Research Development Associate
+1-413-545-8641 (ofc)