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 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

Circular economy for affordable, low-carbon secondary raw materials

INITIATOR FUND 

Project period: February – June 2019 

GW4 community leads
University of Bath: Pete Walker, Stephen Allen 
University of Bristol:  Steve Eichhorn, Rinat Nigmatullin
Cardiff University: Eshrar Latif, Marianna Marchesi
University of Exeter: Raffaele Vinai (PI), Matt Eames, Peter Hopkinson  

Project overview 

The project will focus on materials, processes, technologies and systems to enable up-cycling of industrial waste and agricultural co-products into valuable components, fostering circular economic solutions for sustainable building products. 


South West regional centre for secrecy, security and society research

INITIATOR FUND 

Project period: February – June 2019 

GW4 community leads
University of Bath: Brett Edwards
University of Bristol: Elspeth Van Veeren (PI) 
Cardiff University: Claudia Hillebrand
University of Exeter: Brian Rappert 

Project overview 

The GW4 community aims to establish a regional, national and international centre of excellence in the innovative research area of secrecy and ignorance.   


Global Challenges in Energy and Healthcare

INITIATOR FUND 

Project period: February – May 2017 

GW4 community leads

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

Project overview

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) 2 calls in 2017. 


Political, Social, Institutional and Cultural Dimensions of Risk and Security

INITIATOR FUND

Project period: November 2014 – May 2015

GW4 COMMUNITY LEADS

University of Bath: David Galbreath
University of Bristol: Tim Edmunds
Cardiff University: Christian Bueger
University of Exeter: Doug Stokes (PI), Sir Paul Newton

PROJECT OVERVIEW

This Initiator Fundapplication focuses on building a GW4 research community in the area of security and risk. Themes of risk permeate security discourse and practice in the UK and internationally, and across a wide variety of different security fields -from strategy and geopolitics, to climate change, development, food security and technology.


GW4 NanoEvade: Smart design of nanoparticle-drugs to evade the immune response

INITIATOR FUND 

Project period: February – June 2019 

GW4 community leads 

University of Bath: Karen Edler
University of Bristol: Ash Toye
Cardiff University: Mark Young, Riccardo Bonsignore, Andreia De Almeida
University of Exeter: Charlie Jeynes (PI), David Richards

Project overview 

This GW4 initiator grant will bring together experts from different disciplines, ranging from nanoparticle chemistry & toxicity to mathematical modelling & immune system biology to address this complex problem.  


The Imaging Arthritis Consortium

INITIATOR FUND 

Project period: February – July 2019 

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Elise Pegg, Richie Gill
University of Bristol: Flossie Carpenter, Mike Whitehouse
Cardiff University: David Williams, Cathy Holt
University of Exeter: Ben Sherlock (PI) 

Project overview

The Imaging Arthritis Consortium will leverage leading experience and facilities for musculoskeletal imaging that exists across the GW4 to promote new collaborations in the field of musculoskeletal imaging. 


GW4 Medieval Studies

INITIATOR Fund

Project period: May – July 2014 

GW4 community leads

University of Bristol: Carolyn Muessig (PI), Ian Wei
Cardiff University: Bronach Kane
University of Exeter: James Clark 

Project overview

GW4 Medieval Studies aims to fortify its rich resource of medievalists (65 members of staff and over 75 research students) into a cohesive and energetic research cluster that offers an unmatched range of expertise. 


GW4 Synthetic Biology Showcase

INITIATOR FUND

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

This project has established a GW4 synthetic biology strategy group comprising researchers from all four universities which are now poised to push ahead with cross-institute collaborations.