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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Global Challenges ‘Low Carbon Energy Access’ Hub

Accelerator Fund

Project period: July – December 2017

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Dr Philippe Blondel
University of Bristol: Dr Sam Williamson
Cardiff University: Dr Kersty Hobson
University of Exeter: Dr Philipp Thies

Project overview

The forthcoming RCUK GCRF Collective Fund call will invite applications for large-scale interdisciplinary research hubs. Our objective is to prepare an international team in the field of low-carbon energy and energy access, aligned with the ‘Grand Challenge’ of ‘Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy‘.

The Impact of Offshore Windfarms on Marine Organisms


Project period: May – July 2014

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Phillipe Blondeli
University of Bristol: Andy Radford, Daniel Robert
Cardiff University: Roger Falconer
University of Exeter: Rick Bruintjes, Steve Simpson, Darren Croft, Matt Witt, Phillipp Thies

Project overview

​This project has allowed testing of new ideas in the real world which will lead to high impact interdisciplinary publications. A valuable research network of world-known scientists has been created and two research grant proposals were produced and submitted to the Catapult Environmental Programme. There are plans to submit future NERC large grants applications and for GW4 studentships.