WUN Research Development Fund

A focus on research of an international quality and the fostering of an outstanding research culture have positioned UWA as one of the best universities in Australia and in the top 150 in the world.

WUN Research Development Fund grants provide up to £12,000 (approximately A$20,000) to support international collaborations that address WUN's Global Challenges.


All RDF applications must involve the participation of at least three partner universities, from two geographical regions.  Applications must address a Global Challenge - strategic research areas, requiring the sharing of knowledge across institutions and disciplines:

• Responding to Climate Change • Global Higher Education and Research
• Understanding Cultures • Public Health (Non-communicable disease)

Proposals are particularly encouraged that address one or more of these Global Challenges as well as one of WUN’s cross-cutting themes in economics, big data, and regional programs of the Global China Group and the Global Africa Group. The RDF provides one year of seed funding with the firm expectation that projects will result in academic publications, policy impact and sustainability through securing funding from external sources.

Each member may submit a maximum of three RDF proposals.  UWA Applications will be shortlisted internally prior to submission.

Applications for WUN Research Development Funds are now made online. The Application form and Guidelines are available from

UWA Researcher Lead Application Process

  1. Complete the WUN Research Development Fund application online
  2. Once all sections are complete save and download a copy of the application form as pdf
  3. Submit the pdf copy to the Research Grants office, via email to [email protected]

To be considered for UWA shortlisting, applications must be submitted by 5.00 pm, 07 October, 2016.

Matched Funding

The RDF requires all WUN partners listed on an application to match the total funding requested. Lead applicants will typically provide most of the matched funding (approx. 30-40% of total requested amount). 

As such, priority will be given to eligible applicants who have received internal funding via the Research Collaboration Awards, or those who can commit funds from other sources.

To facilitate participation on externally-led RDF applications, a limited amount of funding is available via the WUN Matching Fund (see Application Form below).  Please contact A/Prof. Judith Berman for details.