The GW4 Alliance has invested over £2.8m in 87 collaborative research communities, which have generated over £40m in research income. This means that for every £1 GW4 spends on collaborative research communities, GW4 captures £14 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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Resilience, Environment and Sustainability

Moving Through Motherhood


Project period: February – June 2019

GW4 community leads
University of Bath: Dr Peter Rouse
University of Bristol:  Dr Charlie Foster
Cardiff University: Dr Lucie Warren
University of Exeter: Dr Richard Pulsford (PI), Dr Victoria Salmon, Dr Lauren Rogers

Project overview

The GW4 Moving Through Motherhood Community comprises researchers from different disciplines with a shared interest in supporting physical activity during pregnancy by establishing a regional multidiscipline and multisector network to steer research and resource development.

Wales and South West responses and preparations for Brexit and UK trade policy

accelerator FUND

Project period: February – September 2019

GW4 community leads
University of Bath: Dr Maria Garcia (PI)
University of Bristol:  Dr Clair Gammage
Cardiff University: Dr Jo Hunt
University of Exeter: Dr David Thackeray

Project overview

This community brings together academics, business representatives and stakeholders in the region to raise awareness and understanding of the intersections between trade policy and other domestic policies and to consider and identify pathways to influence future UK trade policies.

Family component of school approaches to promoting mental health


Project period: February – June 2019

GW4 community leads
University of Bath: Janet Goodall
University of Bristol:  Judi Kidger
Cardiff University: Jeremy Segrott (PI)
University of Exeter: Katrina Wyatt

Project overview

We will form an interdisciplinary collaboration to develop an intervention to strengthen the family component of a Health Promoting School approach in secondary schools.

The GW4 PuP Community: Performance under Pressure Understanding Occupational Stress: Performance, Health, and Well-Being in High Pressure Environments

Initiator Fund

Project period: January – March 2018

GW4 community leads
University of Bath: Rachel Arnold (PI)
University of Bristol:  Peter Turnbull
Cardiff University: Andy Smith
University of Exeter: Sam Vine


Using realistic review methodology to investigate digital health interventions for managing long-term conditions


Project period: February – June 2019

GW4 community leads
University of Bath: Matthew Jones, Charlotte Dack
University of Bristol:  Sabrina Grant
Cardiff University: Judith Carrier (PI), Emma Lane, Valerie Sparkes, Roser BeneitoMontagut

Project overview

Digital health interventions to support people with long-term conditions, what works, for whom, in what circumstances? 

Circular economy for affordable, low-carbon secondary raw materials


Project period: February – June 2019

GW4 community leads
University of Bath: Pete Walker, Bhavna Sharma, Stephen Allen 
University of Bristol:  Steve Eichhorn
Cardiff University: Eshrar Latif
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 componentsfostering circular economic solutions for sustainable building products. 

South West regional centre for secrecy, security and society research


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


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.