Research Development Fund
The 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 challenges.
- RDF projects must address one of four WUN Global Challenges:
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 ~ $25,000 for the 2014-2015 round.
- New projects must involve at least 3 WUN member universities from two different countries. Proposals that include other universities, research institutes, corporations, non-governmental organizations, 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 ~$16,000, 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 Friday, October 3, 2014 to Scott Steele, WUN Coordinator. RDF proposals approved by the University of Rochester will be submitted to the WUN by October 31, 2014. Successful WUN proposals will be awarded no later than January 12, 2015.
Faculty intending to submit a proposal as principal investigator or as co-investigator on another WUN member's proposal should contact Scott Steele prior to the October 3 deadline for more information and assistance.