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 Network on Family, Regulation and Society

Accelerator Fund

Project period: February – August 2016 

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: James Davenport, Ian Butler
University of Bristol: Emma Hitchings
Cardiff University: Gillian Douglas, Leanne Smith
University of Exeter: Anne Barlow (PI) 

Project overview

The GW4 Network on Family, Regulation and Society aims to find appropriate methods to investigate the new and unexplored ‘delegalised space’ in which disputes on relationship breakdown are now attempted in England and Wales following the withdrawal of legal aid and the encouragement of private settlement. 


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. 


New Paradigms of Social Protection- Policies, Impacts and Outcomes

INITIATOR FUND 

Project period: February – May 2016 

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Rana Jawad
University of Bristol: Patricia Kennett
Cardiff University: Rod Hick 

Project overview

This project aims to build an interdisciplinary GW4 community around the international and comparative study of social protection in regions of the world that are often left under-explored in academic research: the Middle East and North Africa, East and South East Asia, Latin America and Africa. 


Pre-clinical Translational Biomedical Research Network

INITIATOR FUND 

Project period: February – May 2016 

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Tony Perry, Richard Gill
University of Bristol: Raimondo Ascione (PI) 
Cardiff University: Chris Marshall, Derek Jones
University of Exeter: John Terry 

Project overview

We offer a unique pipeline of pre-clinical research models highly relevant to human disease and anatomy and state-of-the-art research equipment, with more than 150 biomedical scientists and experts. 


THE GW4 PAY EQUALITY RESEARCH CONSORTIUM (PERC)

ACCELERATOR FUND

Project period: February – August 2016

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Susan Milner (PI after CW)
University of Bristol: Gregory Schwartz
Cardiff University: Alison Parken, Rhys Davies
University of Exeter: Carol Woodhams (initial PI), Emma Jeanes

Project overview

PERC will undertake a feasibility study for the development and operation of a secure sustainable pay data collection platform, which would facilitate multi-level research.


The Incentives for Conflict and Cooperation

INITIATOR FUND 

Project period: February – May 2016 

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Peter Postl
University of Bristol: Francesco Giovannoni (PI) 
Cardiff University: Indrajit Ray
University of Exeter: Rajiv Sarin 

Project overview

Our GW4 community aims to tackle both the methodological challenges in bringing game theory to bear on economic and political issues where there can be conflict or cooperation, and applying the lessons learned to relevant policy debates. 


BeDMaSH Behavioural and Decision Making Sciences in Healthcare GW4 Network

INITIATOR Fund

Project period: September 2015 – January 2016

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Dr Christos Vasilakis
University of Bristol: Professor Iain Gilchrist
Cardiff University: Professor Paul Harper
University of Exeter: 
Professor Martin Pitt

Project overview

This multidisciplinary network has the potential to be globally at the forefront of research developments in this emerging interdisciplinary field by harnessing the existing complementary, internationally recognized research within GW4. A step-change in scholarly activity is anticipated by bringing together expertise from across Operational Research, Decision Sciences, Mathematics, Psychology, Sociology, Implementation Science, Organisational Studies and Public Health.


Centre for media and criminal justice studies

INITIATOR FUND 

Project period: September 2015 – January 2016

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Sarah Moore (PI) 
University of Bristol: Alex Clayton, Eleanor Rycroft
Cardiff University: Inaki Garcia-Blanco

University of Exeter: Sarah Cooper 

Project overview

Our research community brings together academics from the social sciences, arts, and humanities to understand the production, distribution, and reception of as-live courtroom footage. From this we aim to identify how courtroom broadcasting might influence public confidence, trust, and knowledge about criminal justice.