The GW4 Building Communities Programme aims to build research communities of scale and capability that will deliver a step change in world-class research that could not be achieved by one of the institutions alone.

In 2020, we launched Generator funding which awards communities up to £20K for 6 months. This replaced the Initiator (up to £20K for 5 months) and Accelerator (up to £75K for 8 months) funding schemes, which ran from 2014 – 2019. Building Communities Funding supports both the creation of new GW4 communities and the development of the strongest ideas emerging from our existing communities, and is open to any academic area.

To date, the GW4 Alliance has invested over £3.1m in 112 collaborative research communities, which have generated £62.8M in research income. This means that for every £1 GW4 spends on collaborative research communities, GW4 captures an impressive £20 in external research awards.

Research Integrity

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).


Building communities generator Award (Round 3) Funding Call

CLOSED The third round of the Generator Fund closed in February 2022. Applications for the fourth round of the Generator Fund will open again in late 2022. For more information, or to be informed about when applications open again, please contact the GW4 Building Communities Manager (Harriet Mills) at communities@gw4.ac.uk.


Explore our communities

Explore our research communities by award type or activity group. (All communities are also listed below in order of award date with newest first).

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Fund: Accelerator

Fund: Generator

Fund: Initiator

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.


AVaRICE Algal Valorisation & Remediation of metal Ion Contaminated Effluents

Accelerator Fund

Project period: October 2014 – April 2015

GW4 community leads

Project period: October 2014 – April 2015 

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Christopher Chuck
University of Bristol: Tom Scott
Cardiff University: Devin Sapsford
University of Exeter: Chris Bryan (PI) 
Plymouth Marine Laboratory: Mike Allen 

Project overview

Our aim was to investigate the use of algae native to contaminated mine sites to remove metals from acid mine drainage (AMD) and then convert the algae to biofuels.  


Biomimetic Assemblies of Complex Functional Materials in Hierarchical Structures

Accelerator Fund

Project period: October 2014 – April 2015 

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Enrico Da Como (PI) 
University of Bristol: Simon Hall
Cardiff University: Wolfgang Langbein
University of Exeter: David Wright 

Project overview

The research programme is based on the preparation of hierarchical layered materials deposited with a new state-of-the-art facility; Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD). 


Child Injury Research Community (CIRC)

INITIATOR Fund

Project period: October 2014 – January 2015

GW4 Community Leads:

University of Bristol: Alan Emond
Cardiff University: Alison Kemp (PI), Michael Jones
University of Exeter: Philippe.G.Young

Project Overview:

This proposal aimed to build a multidisciplinary Child Injury Research Community (CIRC) with the scale and capability to become a world-class research team. 


Children and Young People’s Suicide and Self-Harm Research Collaboration

Initiator Fund

Project period: October 2014 – January 2015 

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Paul Stallard, Jeffery Gavin
University of Bristol: David Gunnell, Judi Kidger, Becky Mars, Lucy Biddle
Cardiff University: Rhiannon Evans (PI), Jonathan Scourfield, Nina Jacob
University of Exeter: Tamsin Ford, Astrid Janssens

Project overview

The research community will assemble around the theme of suicide and self-harm in children and young people, with a specific focus on the development and evaluation of complex interventions within educational settings.  


Dying Well After a Long Life

INITIATOR Fund

Project period: October 2014 – January 2015 

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Tony Walter (PI) 
University of Bristol: Liz Lloyd
Cardiff University: Jenny Kitzinger
University of Exeter: Kerry Jones 

Project overview

This community aimed to bring together academics from across GW4 with research expertise relevant to elderly dying to develop a collaborative research programme.


Emotion and Non-verbal Communication in Social and Economic Interactions

INITIATOR Fund

Project period: October 2014 – January 2015

GW4 Community Leads

University of Bath: Alan Lewis
University of Bristol: Ian Penton-Voak, Poppy Mulvaney
Cardiff University: Antony Manstead, Job Van Der Schalk
University of Exeter: Andrew Livingstone (PI), Brit Grosskopf

Project overview 

The community aimed to scope a multi-site, interdisciplinary collaboration that integrated currently distinct disciplinary paradigms to offer a unique perspective on the factors that promote fairness, equality and co-operation in interactions between individuals. 


Functional Materials Far from Equilibrium

INITIATOR Fund

Project period: October 2014 – January 2015 

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Johannes Zimmer (PI), Chris Bowen
University of Bristol: Isaac Chenchiah
Cardiff University: Nicolas Dirr
University of Exeter: David Wright

Project overview

This collaboration brings together all GW4 universities to nucleate a new community that will address an important bottleneck in the development of novel technological devices: the nonequilibrium evolution of material microstructure and its impact on macroscopic material behaviour.