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Research Development Fund

The Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) offers a framework of project support through its small central secretariat and network of local WUN coordinators. WUN does not fund research projects directly, but offers development or 'seed funding' for selected collaborations which demonstrate potential in the longer term to become self-sustaining and deliver benefits to the WUN partners.


How to apply to to the WUN Central Research Development Fund
WUN sets aside funds each year to conduct the WUN Research Development Fund (WUN RDF). The WUN RDF offers seed grants of up to £10,000 to support research collaborations among WUN members. To be eligible, a research collaboration must include a minimum of three WUN members in a minimum of two countries.


Applications are assessed on a number of criteria including objectives, relevance to WUN goals, sustainability, teamwork and outcomes.


Download descriptions of these WUN Global Challenges 2016 (PDF).
WUN Research Development Fund 2016 - Guidelines(PDF)  2017尚未公布


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.


Each WUN member can submit a maximum of 3 applications (as lead university) per year.

The WUN RDF is announced annually, usually in early August, with a deadline of early November. Funding is dispensed in January of each year. Awardees have 12-months to expend their funding.


WUN Call for proposal in June, and deadline for submission of finalised applications in October. Result of RDF will be announced in December.


Applications from staff and students at the National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) are welcome from all academic areas. To discuss support for working with our WUN partners, please contact the NCKU WUN Coordinator.
Dr. Joy Lin (
Ms. Doris Huang (