The GW4 Alliance has invested over £2.65m in 77 collaborative research communities, which are addressing major global and industrial challenges. Explore these communities by keyword or theme.

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Resilience, Environment and Sustainability

Bio and Biomimetic Materials


This project has been awarded Accelerator funding for the Biomimetic Assemblies of Complex Functional Materials in Hierarchical Structures community.

Project period: May – July 2014


University of Bath: Paul Raithby
University of Bristol: Dek Woolfson, Simon Hall
Cardiff University: Niklaas Buurma
University of Exeter: Saverio Russo


This project has brought together communities from across the South-West to establish how they develop new materials with biological and/or chemical function in order to transform the way that chemistry and biology can be combined to make devices for healthcare technologies.

Child Injury Research Community (CIRC)


Project period: October 2014 – January 2015

GW4 community leads

University of Bristol: Alan Emond
Cardiff University: Alison Kemp, Michael Jones
University of Exeter: Philippe.G.Young

Project overview

  • New imaging modalities have been identified to inform engineering head form design
  • New prospects for tissue material properties have been identified
  • Methodological links with national cohort studies (ALSPAC)
  • Structures to underpin research programme design (Haddon matrix analytical framework)
  • Additional international collaborators have been identified in Rotterdam, Singapore
  • A future research agenda and direction
  • Baseline datasets were identified within the CHIRC institutions to potentiate more baseline analysis to inform research application
  • Group to apply for GW4 Accelerator funding

Collective Human-Information Interaction (CHI2)


Project period: May – July 2014

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Peter Johnson
University of Bristol: Alex Bentley
Cardiff University: Alun Preece
University of Exeter: Roger Maull

Project overview

Advances in information and communication technologies – including human-computer interaction, intelligent information processing, “big data” and social media – have led to new possibilities for how people and machines can live and work collectively: making best cumulative use of each other’s strengths and ameliorating each other’s weaknesses.

Data Intensive Research

Initiator fund

Project period: January 2017 – June 2017

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Professor Jonathan Dawes, Professor Mike Tipping
University of Bristol: Professor William Browne, Professor Dave Cliff
Cardiff University: Professor Stephen Fairhurst, Dr Jonathan Gillard
University of Exeter: Professor Susan Banducci, Professor Richard Everson

Project overview

Developing capacity for research and development in data science is a major national priority. The clearest evidence for this was the announcement in the March 2014 UK Budget speech of £42M funding for the establishment of the national Alan Turing Institute (ATI). Despite none of GW4 universities becoming part of ATI, each has well-established research strengths in many aspects of data science and is in the process of establishing their own research institute in data science and related topics.

GW4 Coding


Project period: February – May 2016

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: James Davenport
University of Bristol: Ian Holyer, Nick Wu
Cardiff University: 
Pete Burnap
University of Exeter: Richard Everson, Mike Baldwin

Project overview

The Prime Minister has stated that he wants to make the UK the best place in the world to do internet business. To do this we need the best-trained staff. The new National Curriculum in England, and similar initiatives in Wales, are a partial response to this staffing need.

GW4 Consortium Analysis of Intensively Collected Health Data


Project period: September 2015 – January 2016

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Dr Nicole Augustin
University of Bristol: Professor Kate Tilling
Cardiff University: Professor Kerry Hood
University of Exeter: Professor William Henley

Project overview

We will build a GW4 community of statisticians, mathematicians, data scientists and epidemiologists who are developing and applying methods for analysing intensively collected data.

GW4 Software-Intensive Research

Accelerator Fund

Project period: September 2017 – December 2018

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Professor James Davenport
University of Bristol: Professor Simon McIntosh-Smith
Cardiff University: Professor Peter Knowles
University of Exeter: Dr David Acreman

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Project overview

GW4 have been awarded £3M of EPSRC capital funding to purchase Isambard, an innovative high-performance computer (HPC) for use by the GW4 universities, the Met Office (where the machine is housed) and the wider UK Community to explore innovative HPC, in particular the use of HPC based on UK-designed ARM processors rather than Intel processors, which power the overwhelming majority of HPCs currently.