To date (June 2021) the GW4 Alliance has invested over £3.1m in 112 collaborative research communities, which have generated nearly £50m in research income. This means that for every £1 GW4 spends on collaborative research communities, GW4 captures an impressive £16 in external research awards.

The GW4 Alliance has adopted the Russell Group Research Integrity Statement of cooperation in cross-institutional research misconduct allegations, which aims to support the efforts of researcher communities to foster research integrity (also known as good practice in research or the responsible conduct of research).

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GW4 TURING NETWORK: ENHANCED INTERDISCIPLINARY COLLABORATIONS TO BUILD CAPACITY AND CAPABILITY IN DATA SCIENCE AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IN THE REGION

ACCELERATOR FUND 

Project period: September 2019 – June 2019

GW4 community leads 
University of Bath: Andreas Kyprianou
University of Bristol:  Kate Robson Brown (PI)
Cardiff University: Paul Harper, Irena Spasic, Jonathan Gillard
University of Exeter: Richard Everson

Project overview 
This activity aims to support the data science and AI collaborations in the GW4 region and extend the successful interactions with the Turing Institute.


Using realistic review methodology to investigate digital health interventions for managing long-term conditions

INITIATOR FUND 

Project period: February – June 2019 

GW4 community leads
University of Bath: Matthew Jones, Charlotte Dack
University of Bristol:  Sabrina Grant
Cardiff University: Judith Carrier (PI), Emma Lane, Valerie Sparkes, Roser BeneitoMontagut 

Project overview 

Digital health interventions to support people with long-term conditions, what works, for whom, in what circumstances? 


GW4 Software-Intensive Research

Accelerator Fund

Project period: September 2017 – December 2018 

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: James Davenport (PI) 
University of Bristol: Simon McIntosh-Smith
Cardiff University: Peter Knowles
University of Exeter: David Acreman 

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. 


Data Intensive Research

INITIATOR FUND 

Project period: January 2017 – June 2017 

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Jonathan Dawes, Mike Tipping
University of Bristol: William Browne (PI), Dave Cliff
Cardiff University: Stephen Fairhurst, Jonathan Gillard
University of Exeter: Susan Banducci, 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 at the time of this award, 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. 


Release the Hypotheses! Tools & Techniques for Experimental Studies ‘in the Wild’

INITIATOR FUND 

Project period: July – November 2016 

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Danaë Stanton Fraser, Tim Ibell
University of Bristol: Andy Skinner, Mike Fraser (PI) 
Cardiff University: Roger Whitaker, David Linden
University of Exeter: Mark Levine 

Project overview

We propose to bring together a GW4 consortium to explore the human world beyond the laboratory in order to improve the resolution, significance, validity and robustness of studies. 


Remediating the Archive

INITIATOR FUND 

Project period: July – November 2016 

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Nina Parish
University of Bristol: Leah Tether, James Freeman
Cardiff University: Anthony Mandal (PI), Jenny Kidd
University of Exeter: Gabriella Giannachi, Gary Stringer 

Project overview

‘Remediating the Network’ proposes to build a research community based in the intersection of two key areas of strength within GW4: archives/special collections and the digital humanities. 


GW4 Coding

INITIATOR FUND 

Project period: February – May 2016 

GW4 community leads

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

Project overview

The vision of this initiator is to bring together the coding experts of GW4 and others in the region (e.g. Crick at Cardiff Metropolitan, BCS), harness our excellent connections in the cyber security user and policy base to form a powerful research team to be in a position to bid for significant funds. 


GWA GREAT WESTERN ASTROPHYSICS COMMUNITY

INITIATOR FUND 

Project period: February – May 2016 

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Carole Mundell
University of Bristol: Malcolm Bremer
Cardiff University: Jonathan Davies
University of Exeter: Tim Naylor (PI) 

Project overview

This project aims to build closer collaboration between the GW4 astrophysics groups. The primary aim is to enhance our impact in the large partnerships that are building the next generation of astronomical observatories, in addition to improving our efficiency by working together.