GW4 Opportunities

GW4 offers a range of funding and development opportunities for staff across our four universities. You can also meet the Funding and Development team and find the correct contact for your query.



The Building Communities programme is designed to build new, high-quality GW4 research communities or help existing collaborations to build on their work and secure long term sustainable funding. We offer two funds: Initiator Fund for new communities (applications up to £20K), and Accelerator Fund to strengthen existing communities (applications between £20K and £75K).

The latest call has been approved for both Initiator and Accelerator funding, and application forms will be available to download shortly.

Existing GW4 research communities (i.e. communities which have received Initiator funding or have otherwise been established) are especially encouraged to apply. Applications with a focus on the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) or Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) are also encouraged.

To apply, download the GW4 Building Communities Fund Guidance and the Initiator Fund Application Form or Accelerator Fund Form (available soon).

If you have any queries, contact the GW4 Building Communities team by emailing or


GW4 Crucible

GW4 Crucible brings together talented and innovative researchers from the GW4 institutions and develops each of them as a researcher, leader and collaborator.


Guide to Research Collaboration

Discover GW4’s expert guide to help you plan and manage your research collaboration. It contains advice and experiences from a range of academics from the GW4 Alliance and beyond. Based upon real experiences, this guide features the benefits, challenges and processes of collaboration. This expert guide can be found on the GW4 Portal – find out more and sign up.


Tailored Workshops

Develop your research community through a series of bespoke events and facilitated workshops.

Developing your GW4 research community

These GW4-funded workshops are designed to develop and progress your GW4 research community. Whether your research collaboration is just starting, is flourishing or has lost its momentum, these workshops are designed to flex to your needs and support you to realise the scale of your ambition.

Tailored Workshops are available to existing Initiator or Accelerator GW4-funded project groups and any other GW4 researchers who are working with cross-institutional colleagues in new and collaborative ways.

We will work with you to create a bespoke and facilitated workshop for your group, focused on anything from formulating shared research ideas, working with external partners, agreeing concrete project plans and writing collaborative grant proposals.

We will provide your community with a expert facilitator who will work closely with you from the beginning to design a workshop to best develop your practices and processes, helping your group and your research to reach its potential.

How to apply

GW4 communities must first complete an Application Form to take part. Please read the accompanying application guidelines.

Applications are accepted and considered at any time during the academic year but it is worth remembering that there is a finite amount of funding for each academic year (Aug-July).

We aim to turn around applications within 4 weeks and would expect the event to take place at least 6 weeks after confirmation. Applications approved by 1 April should take place within the current academic year; applications approved between April and July should take place by the end of the following academic year.

Do-it-yourself workshops

Want to facilitate your own tailored workshop for your research community? GW4 can help with that too.

With the help of an expert facilitator, we have put together guidelines for self-run DIY workshops. There are three suggested workshop templates to choose from, helping you deliver the right workshop for your research group’s needs.

Got questions?

To discuss Tailored Workshops further, contact Pam or Claudia, GW4 Developing People Officers, on or call 0117 33 17815.


Shared Research Staff Development

Want to do a workshop or course at another GW4 institution? The GW4 Alliance agreement makes selected development opportunities and resources from across the four universities available to all GW4 research staff. For more information go to:


University of Bath

Academic Staff Development

Contact: Jeanette Mueller

For enquiries/bookings, please email:


University of Bristol

Academic Staff Development

Contact: Katie Manktelow

For enquiries/bookings, please email:


Cardiff University

The Cardiff Researcher

Contact: Christian Gillard

For enquiries/bookings, please email:


University of Exeter

Researcher Development Courses

Contact: Juliet White

in Exeter

in Cornwall

For enquiries/bookings, please email


You can access these development opportunities in two ways. 1) You will receive e-mails detailing opportunities at other institutions through the year. 2) If you spot a development opportunity at another institution that is not offered at your institution, you may contact the GW4 Developing People rep at that institution to enquire about availability. Please note that GW4 spaces will (usually) be released about 2 weeks prior to the date of the workshop to allow institutions to give priority to their own researchers.