Grant Applications

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1. WUN Research Development Fund

WUN Research Development Fund 

Are you doing research on one of the WUN Global Challenges?

Are you interested in collaborating with an institution that is also a member of the WUN?

Then think about applying for a grant from the WUN Research Development Fund (RDF)!

In January 2013, Maastricht University became an official member of the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN). WUN comprises 18 research-intensive institutions spanning 5 continents. In short, WUN aims to create multilateral opportunities for international collaboration in research and graduate education. WUN is an important pillar in Maastricht University’s internationalization strategy.

The RDF is an annual competitive fund aimed at bringing together researchers to undertake innovative, high quality, sustainable research that addresses global challenges.

The RDF offers grants of up to £12,000 (average £10,000) to foster innovative, international collaborative research and mobility programs. 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. RDF funds may cover the costs of among other explorative research initiatives, targeted workshops, faculty exchanges and the formation of collaborative networks. Applications that incorporate a research mobility component for early career researchers and postgraduate students are encouraged.

The WUN Research Development Fund will not cover management fees, salaries or salary supplementation, purchase of capital assets, equipment depreciation, scholarships, course fees and bench fees.


The WUN Global Challenges (see for a more information) that need to be addressed are:

- Responding to Climate Change – focusing in the 2016 round on global research platforms; and resilience of human systems; related to food and environment security.

- Public Health (non-communicable disease (NCD)) – focusing in the 2016 round on life course approach to healthy ageing; health of migrants across the life course; the resilience of adolescents and health workers in different cultural contexts; and schools as a setting for reducing risk factors associated with NCDs.

- Global Higher Education and Research – focusing in the 2016 round on access; mobility; and investment in higher education.

- Understanding Cultures – focusing in the 2016 round on migration and population; two-way understanding of China; transdisciplinary approaches to indigenous research; global digital cultures; and heritage.

Proposals are particularly encouraged that address one or more of these Global Challenges as well as one of WUN’s developing cross-cutting themes in economics, big data, and regional programs of the Global China Group and the Global Africa Group.

2016 round

The 2016 WUN Research Development Fund (RDF) has been opened: the deadline for receipt of applications is Friday 28 October 2016 at 5pm GMT. Maastricht University can only apply with three proposals, so an internal selection process will take place. The internal deadline for proposals is September 13, 2016.

Please note that Maastricht University researchers may NOT apply directly to WUN; all applications will be handled by Maastricht University’s WUN Coordinator, Ms. Alexandra Rosenbach. Please indicate your interest by contacting her:, 043 – 38 82 752. You may also get in touch with her in case of any questions.

For more information have a look at the attached WUN RDF Guidelines 2016 and on the WUN RDF website.


Procedure for approval of grant applications within GROW

Within GROW it has been decided to introduce an internal review procedure for grant applications. The purpose is to improve the success rate and the quality of such applications.


If you intend to submit a grant application, please report this to the GROW secretariat at an early stage, by mentioning the type of grant, deadline and title of the grant.

Two weeks before the external deadline submit a full grant application to GROW.
For the review of your application please choose two (internal) reviewers and include their comments with the application.
Managing director Judith Doomen should be contacted at an early stage. She has to give her approval on the budget.
Prof. Dr. F.C.S. Ramaekers, scientific director GROW, should be mentioned in the grant proposal as legal representative. The Head of the Department cannot act as such.

After submission send the final application to Judith Doomen.  In case a signature of Prof. Dr. Ramaekers is needed please contact the secretary to make an appointment or mention the deadline for the digital signature (only for online approvals)

Grant proposals that have not been approved by GROW will not be supported.


Maastricht University - Contract Research Centre pools the expertise within Maastricht University to provide tailor made services towards researchers raising funds and valorising knowledge: 

Faculty of Health Medicine and Life Sciences:
Willem Wolters
T+31 6 46705520


As you may know, the MUMC+/ FHML’s Research Office is currently working on its new website. When completed, this website will amongst others contain information on current projects and strategic initiatives. In addition, the website will host a section on grant opportunities and services provided by the Grants Office. While we wait for the launch of the new website, the Grants Office would like to already share an overview of upcoming grant deadlines and potentially relevant meetings with you (please see overviews below).

Should you have any questions or remarks concerning this overview, please do not hesitate to contact the Grants Office (through or one of us directly.

Best regards,
Marco Berndes, Eva Rijkers and Willem Wolters

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