U21's Researcher Resilience Fund aims to support the development of the network’s PhD and early career researchers. This fund is specifically designed to develop researchers' capability and capacity to work digitally or virtually in order to adapt to life as a researcher post-COVID-19.
U21 is offering awards of US$5000 (with a total of US$100,000 available) to enable researchers in the U21 network to collaborate and build their digital capacity with the aim of developing global perspectives on problem-solving, cross-cultural and interdisciplinary working practices. Building resilience will enable U21 researchers to anticipate and adapt to imminent social, economic and environmental change, allowing them to plan for a more sustainable future without forfeiting the integrity of their research.
It is expected that researchers will work together to find innovative ways of transforming their existing skills in order to adapt to working in a virtual (alternative) domain. Partnerships of researchers from two or more U21 member universities, across at least 2 countries, can apply for this fund. Project outputs will be shared within the U21 network as examples of best practice.