GW4 Funding Opportunities

GW4 offers a range of funding and development opportunities across our four universities, available to both staff and doctoral students to support the research endeavour (including collaborative research networks, expert training opportunities and shared resources e.g. GW4 Treasures and shared equipment).

Benefits for staff and doctoral students

Benefits for staff

GW4 Early Career Symposia scheme

Online Collaboration Guides

GW4 Shared Training Scheme

 

GW4 Building Communities Development Awards 

BRitish academy ECR Network SOuth West Hub

GW4WARD coLLaboration fund

GW4 Building communities Programme 

GW4 Crucible

Technical staff professional registration scheme

DIY tailored Workshops


Latest opportunitY:

GW4 Building communities development awards 

BENEFITS FOR STAFF 

NEW These small awards (<£5K) will support the development and progression of collaborations by funding a single activity or resource. The aim is that communities will use the small awards as a step towards applying for external funding. Applications can come from new or existing GW4 communities.

The awards can be used for a variety of purposes, such as enhancing collaborative relationships (academic, industry or other stakeholders), seminars, community workshops, or public engagement activities. 

Projects which include external partners are encouraged, although not required. There is no closing date for applications, with awards set to be made throughout the year.

Read the GW4 Building Communities Development Award Guidance here, and apply via this form

British Academy ECR Network South West Hub

Benefits for staff

The British Academy has expanded its Early-Career Researcher (ECR) Network – a two-year pilot programme aimed at UK-based postdoctoral researchers in the humanities and social sciences – into the South West region .

GW4 Alliance is acting as the hub and will facilitate networking events and activities for ECRs in the South West together with a consortium of nine universities located in the region – Bath, Bath Spa, Bristol, Bournemouth, Cardiff, Exeter, Gloucestershire, Plymouth and UWE.

Find out more.

BRITISH ACADEMY ECRN SOUTH WEST HUB SEED FUNDING AWARD SCHEME

The aim of this scheme will be to create and support new cross-sector research partnerships and offer the funding to support ECR career development. These small awards (of up to £3K) will support the direct costs associated with activities that support new research, the development of new stakeholder relationships, broadening knowledge of a sector, future career options or accessing resources and facilities.

Applicants must be a member of the BA ECRN and associated with the South West Hub.

Please note applications to this scheme are now closed.

GW4WARD COLLABORATION FUND 

BENEFITS FOR STAFF 

The GW4WARD Collaboration Fund aims to support the development of technical staff across the partnership, offering small awards up to £500 which are designed to enable collaborative professional development activities across the Alliance.

Find out more.


Other opportunities:

GW4 BUILDING COMMUNITIES PROGRAMME

Benefits for staff

The third round of the Generator Fund closed in February 2022. Applications for the fourth round of the Generator Fund will open again in late 2022. For more information, or to be informed about when applications open again, please contact the GW4 Building Communities Manager (Harriet Mills) at communities@gw4.ac.uk.

GW4 Crucible

Benefits for staff

GW4 Crucible brings together talented and innovative researchers from the GW4 institutions and develops each of them as a researcher, leader and collaborator. Applications for GW4 Crucible 2023 will open in late 2022.

Find out more.

GW4 Technical Staff Professional Registration Scheme

Benefits for staff

GW4 is offering a competitive professional registration scheme for technical staff at GW4 Universities to become members of professional bodies and learned societies. Our aim is to enhance the visibility of technical staff by enabling them to gain recognition of their knowledge, experience and leadership skills within and across the partner institutions.

Please note applications to this scheme are now closed.

Find out more.

GW4 early career symposia scheme 

Benefits for staff and doctoral students

The purpose of this award is to create a space for postgraduate researchers and early career researchers to showcase their research, develop their management skills, and raise their profile by leading a Climate or AMR online symposium.

Please note applications to this scheme are now closed.

Find out more.

Online Collaboration Guides

Benefits for staff and doctoral students

GW4 PGRs

This resource includes presentations, advice and activities around research collaboration for postgraduate research students. This expert guide can be found on the GW4 Portal – find out more and sign up.

GW4 Staff

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.

GW4 Shared Training Scheme

Benefits for staff and doctoral students

Want to do a workshop or course at another GW4 institution? Staff and postgraduate research students can benefit from access to training and resources from across the four institutions.

Follow the links to view the available options and contact the relevant office for more details.

Institution  PGR Staff
Bath Researcher development programme
Email: doctoralskills@bath.ac.uk
Academic Staff Development
Contact: Amy Birch.
Email: ab3508@bath.ac.uk
Bristol

Personal and Professional Development Programme
Email: doctoral-college@bristol.ac.uk

Academic Staff Development

Email: sd-course@bristol.ac.uk

Cardiff

Training and development
Email: doctoral-academy@cardiff.ac.uk

The Cardiff Researcher
Email: researcherdevelopment@cardiff.ac.uk
Exeter Researcher Development & Research Culture
PGR – Researcher development courses

ECR – Researcher Development Courses

Email: researcherdevelopment@exeter.ac.uk

Researcher Development Courses
Email: ResearcherDevelopment@exeter.ac.uk

 

DIY Tailored Workshops

Benefits for staff

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.

The DIY Tailored Workshops Guide is available on the GW4 Portal.