The GW4 Alliance has invested over £2.8m in 87 collaborative research communities, which are addressing major global and industrial challenges and have generated £35.8m in research income. This means that for every £1 GW4 spends on collaborative research communities, we capture £13 in external research awards.

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Risk in Contemporary Security Discourse

INITIATOR Fund

Project period: May – July 2014

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: David Galbreath
University of Bristol: Tim Edmunds
Cardiff University: Christian Bueger
University of Exeter: Doug Stokes, Sir Paul Newton

Project overview

This project has helped to foster and further concretise this GW4 community. The aim of the workshop was to bring together policymakers, academics and other stakeholders to examine contemporary security and risk dynamics within international relations.


South West Quantum Technologies Project

Accelerator Fund

This project has been developed from the Initiator funded Southwest Quantum Technologies Group (SWQT) community.

Project period: September 2015 – April 2016

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Dr Peter Moseley
University of Bristol: Dr Ruth Oulton
Cardiff University: Professor Wolfgang Langbein
University of Exeter: Dr Janet Anders

Project overview

We aim to establish a focused research group on the theme of QD quantum technologies, using the expertise of the GW4 institutions to explore enabling solutions. As a short term goal within the present project lifetime we will focus on practical solutions for QD technology.


Southwest Quantum Technologies Group (SWQT)

INITIATOR Fund

Project period: October 2014 – January 2015

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Peter Mosley
University of Bristol: Peter Turner
Cardiff University: Wolfgang Langbein
University of Exeter: Janet Anders


The Evidence Information Service Promoting GW4 Research on Evidence-Based Policy

Initiator and Accelerator Fund

Project period: September 2015 – January 2016, July 2016 – March 2017

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Dr Hannah Durrant, Professor Julie Barnett
University of Bristol: Dr Deborah Wilson, Georgina Brereton, Alexia MacDonald
Cardiff University: Dr Andrew Kythreotis

Project overview

The overarching aim of this research is to determine the utility and feasibility of establishing a new UK Evidence Information Service (EIS). The primary goal of EIS would be to act as a rapid matchmaker to connect the UK academic community and policy makers (including parliamentarians) in the service of evidence-based public policy.


The GW4 Aging and Dementia (GW4AD) Consortium

INITIATOR Fund

This project has been awarded Accelerator funding for the Harnessing Technology to Develop New Models of Alzheimer’s Disease community.

Project period: October 2014 – January 2015

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Roy Jones, Robert Williams
University of Bristol: Patrick Kehoe, Seth Love
Cardiff University: Mike Owen, Julie Williams, Nigel Williams, John Gallacher
University of Exeter: Katie Lunnon, Jonathan Mill, David Llewellyn, Iain Lang


The GW4 Domestic Energy Consumption Group

INITIATOR Fund

Project period: July – November 2016

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Dr Ian Walker
University of Bristol: Chris Preist
Cardiff University: Wouter Poortinga
University of Exeter: Aleksander Pavic

Project overview

Energy networks are scaled for a short window of peak demand in the early evening. This is costly for operators, whose infrastructure is essentially over specified most of the time.


The GW4 Pay Equality Research Consortium (PERC)

Initiator and Accelerator Fund

Project period: May to August 2015 (Initiator) February – August 2016 (Accelerator)

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Dr Susan Milner
University of Bristol: Professor Harriet Bradley, Dr Gregory Schwartz
Cardiff University: Dr Alison Parken, Rhys Davies
University of Exeter: Professor Carol Woodhams, Dr Emma Jeanes

Project overview

By way of background to the project, the UK Government has a stated objective to close the pay gap between men and women to nil by 2035. On 14 July 2015, they launched a consultation on regulations that will make it mandatory for companies with 250 or more employees to and publish their gender pay gap.


The Impact of Offshore Windfarms on Marine Organisms

INITIATOR Fund

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.