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.
GW4 RESEARCH COMMUNITIES
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).
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com
University of Bristol
Contact: Katie Manktelow
For enquiries/bookings, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact: Christian Gillard
For enquiries/bookings, please email: email@example.com
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.