The WUN network launches a call to support the initation of collaborative projects
UNIL is a member of the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN). The network runs the Research Development Fund (RDF) which supports the initiation of collaborative research under the network’s principal research theme of sustainable development.
The theme of the RDF 2021 call is "Mobilising for a Sustainable Future". As the world invests to overcome and move beyond the COVID-19 pandemic, there are major opportunities for research to inform national and international priorities in building a sustainable future. WUN member universities' capacity to assemble diverse teams of researchers gives it distinctive advantage in tackling some of the major emergent challenges in research areas where comparative analysis is important.
With the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as points of reference, WUN encourages proposals that address sustainable recovery in one or more of the following SDGs:
The Research Development Fund provides grants of up to GBP 10,000 for one year to foster research collaborations among academic staff at WUN member universities (a supplementary funding from the partners involved is possible). Grants from the RDF are intended to help stimulate larger collaborative projects that will strengthen WUN and make the collaborating partners competitive for major awards.
The project should engage at least three WUN member universities across at least two regions (North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Oceania). Non-WUN universities and external partners may be included, but the project must have an active core of WUN member universities. Projects led by or including early career researchers are encouraged.
UNIL professors, MER 1 and MA may submit a project. Please note that UNIL academic staff can apply as principal investigator or as co-investigator. The application must be submitted by the principal investigator to its university.
Proposals led by a UNIL principal investigator must be submitted to the UNIL International Relations Office via a pre-application form. The UNIL deadline to submit a project is 15 September 2021.
Two projects will be selected by a UNIL internal scientific committee, as WUN will support maximum two projects from each member university. There is no limit in the number of projects with UNIL co-investigators eligible for funding, though.
The results of the UNIL evaluation will be communicated to the applicants by 24 September 2021. Successful applicants will be required to expand their project description and to submit it via the WUN online application platform by 22 October 2021. WUN will then evaluate the projects.
Awards will be announced by WUN on 17 December 2021.
More details about the call are available in the call text. If you have any question, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Marc Pilloud at the UNIL International Relations Office (T. 021 629 20 23, except Thursday afternoon).