The GW4 Alliance has invested over £2.3m in 68 collaborative research communities, which are addressing major global and industrial challenges. Explore these communities by keyword or theme.

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Cognitive Bias Modification (CBM)

Inititator Fund

Project period: May – July 2014

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Sally Adams
University of Bristol: Ian Penton-Voak
Cardiff University: Chris Chambers
University of Exeter:  Anna Adlam

Project overview

This project has established a GW4 CBM community that was able to share knowledge, understand existing links and the extent of complementary expertise.


Collective Human-Information Interaction (CHI2)

Inititator Fund

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.


Composites for Enhanced Lightning Performance

Inititator Fund

Project period: May – July 2014

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Richard Butler
University of Bristol: Fabrizio Scarpa
Cardiff University: Manu Haddad
University of Exeter: Chris Smith

Project overview

This project addresses the ‘Advanced Materials’ grand challenge through the development of innovative lightweight materials and coatings with improved mechanical and electrical properties under lightning strike for the aerospace sector.


Controlling Nucleation & Growth to Deliver Novel Materials Functionality

nititator Fund

This project has been developed from the Initiator funded Functional Materials Far from Equilibrium community.

Project period: May to November 2015

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Professor Johannes Zimmer
University of Bristol: Dr Isaac Chenchiah
Cardiff University: Dr Stefano Leoni
University of Exeter: Professor David Wright

Project overview

In materials, nucleation is the formation of a new stable phase or structure via self-organisation. It manifests in many everyday phenomena, and a classic example is the formation of ice crystals in water.


Data Intensive Research

Inititator 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.


Developing a Novel Biological Imaging Technology for Biomedical Applications

Inititator Fund

Project period: February – May 2016

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Christopher R Pudney, Ventsi Valev
University of Bristol: Dafydd Jones
University of Exeter: Christian Soeller

Project overview

We aim to tackle the most fundamental challenge in modern protein science by developing a way to see changes in protein structure and flexibility inside cells.


Developing STEM education for marginalised groups in low-income communities

Inititator Fund

Project period: January 2017 – May 2017

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Professor Catherine Montgomery
University of Bristol: Professor Justin Dillon
Cardiff University: Dr Jamie Lewis
University of Exeter: Dr Nasser Mansour

Project overview

The aim of this project is to build a research community that will share knowledge, expertise and resources in research and engagement with STEM education in low income countries, particularly for girls and women and indigenous or rural populations in developing countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Americas.


Dying Well After a Long Life

Inititator Fund

This project has been awarded Accelerator funding for the Dying with Reduced Agency: People, Places, Principles and Policies community.

Project period: October 2014 – January 2015

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Tony Walter
University of Bristol: Liz Lloyd
Cardiff University: Jenny Kitzinger
University of Exeter: Kerry Jones

Project overview

Created a GW4 network of social science researchers keen to work together in this area