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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Centre for Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility (CGSR)

INITIATOR Fund

Project period: May to August 2015

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Ian Tonks
University of Bristol: Paula Hill
Cardiff University: Jason Xiao
University of Exeter: Rajesh Tharyan

Project overview

Our aim is to establish a world-leading multi-disciplinary research centre, The Centre for Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility (CGSR) across the Alliance.


Controlling Nucleation & Growth to Deliver Novel Materials Functionality

ACCELERATOR FUND

Project period: May to November 2015 

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Johannes Zimmer (PI) 
University of Bristol: Isaac Chenchiah
Cardiff University: Stefano Leoni
University of Exeter: David Wright 

Project overview

The aim of our interdisciplinary community is to take an integrative approach combining theoretical modelling, experiments and simulations to advance the state of the art in nucleation and crystallization theory. 


Dying with Reduced Agency- People, Places, Principles and Policies

Accelerator Fund

Project period: May to November 2015 

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Jeremy Dixon
University of Bristol: Richard Huxtable
Cardiff University: Jenny Kitzinger (PI) 
University of Exeter: Linda Clare 

Project overview

Demographic, technological, organisational, political and social changes create new challenges at the end of life. This GW4 community is focused on understanding and improving the end of life for the growing number of people with reduced agency (e.g. linked to dementia, disorders of consciousness or frailty/chronic conditions in advanced old age). 


GW4 Bio-X

INITIATOR Fund

Project period: May to August 2015 

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Christopher R Pudney (PI) 
University of Bristol: Adrian Mulholland
Cardiff University: Rudolf Allemann
University of Exeter: Christian Soeller 

Project overview

GW4 Bio-X exists to identify, frame and address the ‘unanswerable’ biological questions using ‘breaking’ and ‘in development’ methods, models and tools from the physical sciences. Our community is in place to make GW4 the national powerhouse in innovative, molecular bioscience and to develop novel capacity and capability. 


GW4 Musculoskeletal Research Consortium

INITIATOR Fund

Project period: May to August 2015

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Richie Gill
University of Bristol: Ashley Blom, Jon Tarlton
Cardiff University: Bruce Caterson
University of Exeter: Andrew Toms

Project overview

Key objectives of the consortium include identifying areas of commonality and complementarity, exploring potential shared research infrastructure and facilities, recognising strengths and gaps in our combined research portfolio and exploring potential programmes of research.


Harnessing Technology to Develop New Models of Alzheimer’s Disease

Accelerator Fund

Project period: May 2015 – January 2015 

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Vasanta Subramanian
University of Bristol: James Hodge, Caroline Relton
Cardiff University: Nick Allen
University of Exeter: Katie Lunnon (PI), Jonathan Mill, Jonathan Brown 

Project overview

As a team we have identified some early changes that occur to control how genes are regulated in the brains of Alzheimer’s disease patients. We will investigate how these gene changes might lead to Alzheimer’s disease. 


Large Scale Brain Networks in Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders

Accelerator Fund

Project period: May to November 2015 

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Roland Jones
University of Bristol: Richard Apps, Nina Kazanina
Cardiff University: Vincenzo Crunelli
University of Exeter: Marc Goodfellow (PI), Jon Brown 

Project overview

This project will be cross-disciplinary, combining theory, clinical data and experiments. A broad aim of our network is to stimulate research collaborations that integrate experimental and clinical approaches with mathematical and computational modelling of brain networks. 


Modern British Politics and Political History

Accelerator Fund

Project period: May to November 2015 

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: David Moon
University of Bristol: Mark Wickham-Jones, Hugh Pemberton
Cardiff University: Stephen Thornton
University of Exeter: David Thackeray (PI), Richard Toye 

Project overview

Our aim is to develop and strengthen our scholarly activities as a research cluster offering innovative and significant projects, with a distinct commitment to a cross-disciplinary approach.