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 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.


Systems approaches to antimicrobial resistance in different environments

INITIATOR FUND 

Project period: Feb – April 2017 

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Barbara Kasprzyk-Hordern
University of Bristol: Katy Turner (PI) 
Cardiff University: Tim Walsh
University of Exeter: Will Gaze

Project overview

The community aims to explore and develop projects for future collaborative funding opportunities focused on using systems approaches to understand and tackle the problem of AMR in different environments and communities. 


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.


SPIN (Secrecy, Power, and Ignorance Research Network)

generator FUND

Awarded: July 2020

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

Project overview

To promote new scholarship, dialogues, policy and improved governance by exploring and deepening understanding of the pervasiveness of secrecy and ignorance (the politics of knowledge (un)making) in contemporary social and political life. 


Maternity leave in the UK – a gender gap closing policy?

GENERATOR FUND

Awarded: July 2020

GW4 community leads
University of Bath: Joanna Clifton-Sprigg (PI), Eleonora Fichera
University of Bristol: Susan Harkness
Cardiff University: Ezgi Kaya
University of Exeter: Michelle Ryan

Project overview

We will bring together academics from across disciplines and institutions to debate issues surrounding maternity leave provision in the UK and its effect on gender pay gap, and to establish an ambitious, policy-relevant research agenda. 


GWPore: Porous materials for energy, healthcare and the environment

GENERATOR FUND

Awarded: July 2020

GW4 community leads
University of Bath: Asel Sartbaeva (PI)
University of Bristol: Sebastian Rochat
Cardiff University: Timothy Easun
University of Exeter: Yongde Xia

Project overview

We aim to create a network of researchers, GWPore, interested in all aspects of porous materials, across all four GW4 universities. This network will facilitate collaborations, applications for funding, mentoring for ECRs, networking, and equipment sharing between groups.


GW4 Rhetoric in Society

GENERATOR FUND

Awarded: July 2020

GW4 community leads
University of Bath: Sophia Hatzisavvidou
University of Bristol: Paul Earlie (PI)
Cardiff University: Elisabeth (Lisa) El Refaie
University of Exeter: Helena Taylor and Michelle Bolduc

Project overview

A new research community bringing together scholars from a range of disciplines with a shared interest in rhetorical language in all its forms.


GW4 Neurodevelopmental Neurodiversity Network

Generator Fund

Awarded: July 2020

GW4 community leads
University of Bath: Punit Shah (PI), Esther Walton
University of Bristol: Christopher Jarrold
Cardiff University: Lucy Livingston
University of Exeter: Ginny Russell

Project overview

We are an interdisciplinary group – of university academics (e.g., geneticists, psychologists), neurodivergent people, and third sector organisations – working together towards a step-change in understanding and improving the lives of neurodivergent people and those with neurodevelopmental conditions.