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).

Explore our GW4 research communities by keyword or theme. (All communities are also listed below in order of award date with newest first).

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GW4 Centre of Excellence in the Built Environment

INITIATOR Fund

Project period: September 2015 – January 2016

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Dr Mike Lawrence, Professor Pete Walker
University of Bristol: Dr Wendel Sebastian
Cardiff University: Professor Chris Tweed, Professor Yacine Rezgui
University of Exeter: Dr Matthew Eames

Project overview

We will focus on embodied carbon, predicted to account for more than 95% of total construction related emissions by the 2020s. CO2 emissions are generated at all stages of a building’s life cycle.


GW4 Consortium Analysis of Intensively Collected Health Data

INITIATOR Fund

Project period: September 2015 – January 2016

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Dr Nicole Augustin
University of Bristol: Professor Kate Tilling
Cardiff University: Professor Kerry Hood
University of Exeter: Professor William Henley

Project overview

We will build a GW4 community of statisticians, mathematicians, data scientists and epidemiologists who are developing and applying methods for analysing intensively collected data.


Reconceptualising Conflict and Peacebuilding- New Ideas and Actors in a Changing World

INITIATOR Fund

Project period: September 2015 – January 2016

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Dr Oliver Walton, Dr Althea Rivas
University of Bristol: Dr Ryerson Christie
Cardiff University: Dr Elisa Wynne-Hughes
University of Exeter: Dr John Heathershaw

Project overview

This project responds to evolving global challenges relating to insecurity, inequality and shifting global power relations. Peace building is becoming increasingly central to global development policy, as demonstrated by its inclusion on the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals.


Reconceptualising Participation and Inclusion in Higher Education

INITIATOR Fund

Project period: September 2015 – January 2016

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Dr Andrea Abbas
University of Bristol: Dr Sue Timmis
Cardiff University: Professor David James
University of Exeter: Dr Deborah Osberg

Project overview

Our specific research focus is disadvantaged students and higher education (HE). The aim is to consolidate a network of researcher and practitioner capacity.


SOUTH WEST QUANTUM DOT QUANTUM TECHNOLOGIES PROJECT

Accelerator Fund

Project period: September 2015 – April 2016 

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Peter Moseley
University of Bristol: Ruth Oulton (PI) 
Cardiff University: Wolfgang Langbein
University of Exeter: 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. 


THE EVIDENCE INFORMATION SERVICE PROMOTING GW4 RESEARCH ON EVIDENCE-BASED POLICY

INITIATOR FUND 

Project period: September 2015 – January 2016

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Hannah Durrant, Julie Barnett
University of Bristol: Deborah Wilson, Georgina Brereton, Alexia MacDonald
Cardiff University: Andrew Kythreotis (PI), Chris Chambers, Gerard O’Grady 

University of Exeter: Natalia Lawrence 

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. 


URL – Understanding Religion and Law

INITIATOR FUND

Project period: September 2015 – January 2016

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Scott Thomas
University of Bristol: Julian Rivers
Cardiff University: Norman Doe
University of Exeter: Robert Gleave (PI) 

Project overview

URL will examine the past interaction of religion and law, exploring how they have inspired modern legal systems, and how debates around their relationship might be better informed.


Building a GW4 Clinical Academic Training Community

INITIATOR Fund

Project period: May to August 2015  

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Stephen Ward
University of Bristol: Jeremy Tavaré (PI)
Cardiff University: Paul Morgan
University of Exeter: Angela Shore

Project overview

By creating a vibrant cohort of young talented clinical academics across GW4 we will significantly enhance our collective abilities to translate our basic biomedical and population health research into an impact on patient care.