Research Development Fund
Research Development Fund (RDF) is an annual competitive fund exclusive to partner
institutions in the Worldwide
Universities Network (WUN) of which the University of Rochester is a member. The RDF aims to bring together researchers to undertake
innovative, high quality, sustainable research that addresses global
- RDF projects must address one of four WUN
Further information on the research priorities within each of the four Global Challenges is listed in the Guidelines document in the "Submissions" section.
- The RDF provides matching seed funding of up to $23,500 from a pool of $225,000 for the 2013-2014 round.
- New projects must involve at least 3 WUN member universities
from two different continents. Proposals that include other universities, research institutes, corporations, NGOs, and government agencies are welcome but not required.
- WUN awarded 25 projects last year, representing an 81% success rate.
- The average matching award from WUN is $15,000, with each of the
participating WUN universities collectively committing
financial resources equal to the amount requested from the WUN. The University of Rochester has internal funding to support the involvement of Rochester faculty.
The annual call for proposals is now open. Internal University of Rochester submissions are due by September 23, 2013 to Todd St. Vrain, Manager for International Initiatives and WUN Coordinator. RDF proposals approved by the University of Rochester will be submitted to the WUN by November 1, 2013. Successful WUN proposals will be awarded no later than January 10, 2014.
Faculty intending to submit a proposal as principal investigator or as co-investigator on another WUN member's proposal should contact Todd St. Vrain prior to the September 15 deadline for more information and assistance.