GW4 Director's Update
January 2020

Welcome to the GW4 Newsletter: your regular digest of GW4 news, funding and development opportunities.

It’s hard to believe it’s the end of January. While it may have been a long and wet month, we have so many new opportunities to brighten your day, I hardly know where to begin!

We continue in earnest to build our research communities with our new GW4 Generator Award and we are starting to build on our  strategic research areas of Climate and Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR). I’m excited to attend this year’s GW4 Crucible which is themed around ‘Interdisciplinary Approaches to Tackling AMR’. I look forward to meeting our 30 competitively selected research leaders of the future and finding out more about their research ideas and projects. 

This month we launched our new Early Career Symposia Scheme inviting PGRs and ECRs to develop a symposium focused on one of three themes - the Creative Economy, Climate or Antimicrobial Resistance. In support of our institutions’ pledge to the Technicians Commitment, we are currently inviting applications to our new GW4 Technical Staff Travel Bursary scheme, to support and facilitate the career development of technical staff across the Alliance. (More on all these opportunities below). 

Finally, I’m pleased to say our new strategic partnership with the National Trust kicked off this week with GW4 academics and National Trust curators focusing on the theme Colonial Connections. We’ll provide more updates about this partnership over the coming months. 

GW4 £20K Funding Call for Collaborative Research
There is still time for researchers from across GW4 to apply for up to £20K with our new GW4 Building Communities Generator Award. This open funding call is designed to support new communities and develop existing collaborative communities to tackle global and social challenges. 

Application guidance and forms available on the GW4 website. Deadline for applications: 10 February.

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GW4 launches new Early Career Symposia Scheme 

We are offering up to £2,500 in a new initiative to bring together Postgraduate Researchers (PGRs) and Early Career Researchers (ECRs) to deliver a series of flagship PGR- and ECR-led symposia. This year the GW4 symposia will focus on three themes: Creative Economy, Climate, and Antimicrobial Resistance.
Deadline: Wednesday, 12 February.

GW4 Technical Staff Travel Bursary Scheme

To facilitate the career development of technical staff across the Alliance, we are inviting applications to the new GW4 Technical Staff Travel Bursary scheme. The aim is to enable technical staff at GW4 universities to visit other GW4 institutions to share best practice, gain experience with equipment or resources, or to develop technical skills through work shadowing.
Deadline: Monday, 24 February.

Research leaders of the future

GW4 Crucible 2020 kicked off this week, with Lab 1 focusing on communication strategies and how policy and research impact each other. 30 researchers from across the Alliance were selected to take part in the programme, which this year looks at Interdisciplinary Approaches to Tackling Antimicrobial Resistance. Follow the latest news on twitter #GW4Crucible 

Collaborating to tackle global challenges

In our latest GW4 Opinion piece, Professor Hugh Brady, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bristol, reflects on his two-year term as Chair of the GW4 Council, including the dynamic developments the Alliance has made and our future opportunities.

Unique regional creative culture  

In a boost to our GW4 region, the BBC and Channel 4 are investing in Wales and the South West in order to tap into the diverse talent and rich creative culture.

Join our team 

We are currently seeking an experienced research and innovation development specialist to join our dynamic team. This post is full time and permanent. Closing date for applications:  3rd February

Join GW4 on Twitter and LinkedIn 

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GW4 Funding and Development Opportunities
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