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).
This is an open call and applications in all areas of research are invited to both the Initiator and Accelerator Funding streams.
Existing GW4 research communities aiming to scale up to significant external bids are particularly welcomed. Projects with a focus on the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) or Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) are also encouraged.
Early Career Fellowships
The Elizabeth Blackwell Institute at the University of Bristol is seeking to support excellent early career researchers who wish to develop towards independent research careers. Specifically, to conduct research and to apply for externally-funded fellowships (or similar) to be held at Bristol.
This scheme is open for applications. Further information including details of the two stage application process is available on the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute website.
Clinical Primer Scheme
Clinical primers are aimed at medical, veterinary and dental graduates. They are designed to give outstanding early career clinicians the chance to experience a world-class research environment for the first time.
Applications from suitably qualified medical, veterinary & dental graduates will be invited for biomedical/health research “primer” projects to be undertaken at either the University of Bristol, Cardiff University or University of Exeter. These are supported by a Wellcome Trust ‘Institutional Strategic Support Fund’. The projects will commence in 2019 and the funding will cover clinical salary and associated project costs.
This opportunity is aimed at exceptionally motivated clinically qualified medical, veterinary and dental trainees who are at an early stage of their career, but who can demonstrate a capability and a drive to undertake a period of research with a view to developing a career in academic medicine.
This scheme is open for applications. Further information, eligibility criteria and application forms are available from the participating institutions:
University of Bristol: Clinical Primer Scheme
Cardiff University: Clinical Primer Award
University of Exeter: Clinical Primers
GW4 Crucible brings together talented and innovative researchers from the GW4 institutions and develops each of them as a researcher, leader and collaborator.
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.
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
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.
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.
To discuss Tailored Workshops further, contact Pam or Claudia, GW4 Developing People Officers, on email@example.com 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
Contact: Jeanette Mueller
For enquiries/bookings, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
University of Bristol
Contact: Katie Manktelow
For enquiries/bookings, please email: email@example.com
Contact: Christian Gillard
For enquiries/bookings, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
University of Exeter
Contact: Juliet White
For enquiries/bookings, please email ResearcherDevelopment@exeter.ac.uk
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.