February 3, 2017

GW4 has announced awards for seven new research communities which will tackle global challenges from water security to brain injury.

This brings GW4’s total investment in its Building Communities programme to £2 million across 66 communities which combine the complementary research strengths of each GW4 institution.

GW4 research communities have produced pioneering findings to date, including producing biofuels from algae, improving Alzheimer’s diagnosis and harnessing quantum technology to secure personal finances.

The GW4 Alliance’s new projects will explore topics including antimicrobial resistance, energy, healthcare, data intensive research, water security, STEM education, brain injury and photonic biomimetics. The projects bring together world-leading scholarship across STEM, Arts and Humanities and Social Sciences disciplines.

The latest call for the GW4 Alliance’s Initiator fund required applicants to focus their efforts on Official Development Assistance (ODA) compliant work, in line with the Global Challenges Research Fund.

Professor Nick Talbot, Chair of the GW4 Board and Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Exeter (Research and Impact), said: “We are delighted to announce seven new GW4 research communities funded by the GW4 Building Communities programme. In the latest round of the programme we have supported our existing communities whilst establishing new communities to address the Global Challenges Research Fund priorities.

Each of the seven research communities launched today will develop pioneering solutions to vital challenges in health, societal and environmental fields. By working together, we can carry out world-leading research at scale that would be impossible for a single institution operating on its own.”

The next funding call for the GW4 Alliance’s Building Communities programme will be announced soon.