The GW4 Alliance has invested over £2.9m in 93 collaborative research communities, which have generated over £46m in research income. This means that for every £1 GW4 spends on collaborative research communities, GW4 captures over £15 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).

Explore our GW4 research communities by keyword or theme. (All communities are also listed below in alphabetical order).

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Aerospace and Advanced Engineering

Creative and Cultural Economy

Digital Innovation

Living Well

New Energy Systems

Next Generation Microelectronics

Resilience, Environment and Sustainability

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‘.

GW4 Synthetic Biology Showcase


Project period: May – July 2014

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: David Leak
University of Bristol: Paul Race
Cardiff University: Dafydd Jones
University of Exeter: Thomas Howard

Project overview

Synthetic biology is the application of engineering principles to the understanding and design of biological systems. It is an inherently multidisciplinary research area covering a broad range of challenges including biofuels and bioenergy, the transition towards a bioeconomy, medical and health-care advances, food security and advanced materials manufacture.

Global Challenges in Energy and Healthcare


Project period: February – May 2017


University of Bath: Dr Janet L. Scott (PI)
University of Bristol:
Dr Paul Harper
Cardiff University:
Dr Kersty Hobson
University of Exeter: 
Professor Stephen J Eichhorn


The primary goal of the Building Communities activity proposed here is to develop GW4 capacity, particularly within the “Sustainability” and “Healthy Living” themes identified in the GW4 5-year Strategy (2015), to respond quickly and effectively to anticipated RCUK Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF)2calls in 2017.