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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Plant-Soil Responses to Environmental Extremes

INITIATOR Fund

Project period: October 2014 – January 2015

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Kevin Briggs
University of Bristol: Claire Grierson
Cardiff University: Mike Harbottle
University of Exeter: Sarah De Baets


Southwest Quantum Technologies Group (SWQT)

INITIATOR Fund

Project period: October 2014 – January 2015 

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Peter Mosley
University of Bristol: Peter Turner
Cardiff University: Wolfgang Langbein
University of Exeter: Janet Anders (PI) 

Project overview

The aim of this GW4 Initiator Fund is to initiate the creation of a Southwest Quantum Technologies group that brings together complementary expertise in quantum technologies, including integrated photonics, quantum computing theory, light -­‐matter interactions and optical materials. 


The GW4 Aging and Dementia (GW4AD) Consortium

INITIATOR Fund

Project period: October 2014 – January 2015 

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Roy Jones, Robert Williams
University of Bristol: Patrick Kehoe, Seth Love
Cardiff University: Mike Owen, Julie Williams, Nigel Williams, John Gallacher
University of Exeter: Katie Lunnon (PI), Jonathan Mill, David Llewellyn, Iain Lang 

Project overview

The community aimed to bring together dementia researchers and practitioners across the four GW4 sites, building upon our individual strengths and enabling us to produce a joint strategy for future research and to identify synergies that will maximize chances of securing future funding.  


The Role of Science in Society and Policy

INITIATOR Fund

Project period: October 2014 – January 2015

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Anna Gilmore, David Miller
University of Bristol: Stephan Lewandowsky
Cardiff University: Lorraine Whitmarsh
University of Exeter: Jason Reifler


Unlocking the Science for an Autonomous Structural Health Monitoring System

ACCELERATOR FUND 

Project period: October 2014 – April 2015 

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Alicia Kim
University of Bristol: Stephen Hallett
Cardiff University: Carol Featherston (PI) 
University of Exeter: Meiling Zhu 

Project overview

The primary vision of this collaboration is to become a world leading research consortium that advances the state of the art in wireless Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) in composite structures by bringing together the unique combination of expertise within GW4. 


Addressing ‘Gender-based Violence’

INITIATOR FUND 

Project period: May – July 2014 

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Tina Skinner
University of Bristol: Marianne Hester (PI) 
Cardiff University: Amanda Robinson
University of Exeter: Anthony Musson 

Project overview 

This community aimed to create a concrete network of GW4 Gender Based Violence researchers to build on existing links across GW4 and identify new and innovative collaborative research opportunities. 


Advancing the State of the Art in Damage Detection in Metallic and Composite Structures

INITIATOR FUND

Project period: May – July 2014 

GW4 community leads
University of Bath: Alicia King
University of Bristol: Stephen Hallett
Cardiff University: Carol Featherston (PI) 
University of Exeter: Meiling Zhu 

Project outcomes
The aim of this research is to advance the state of the art in damage detection in metallic and composite structures by enabling a modular system approach utilising energy harvesting and wireless communication for industrial applications. 


Algal Valorisation and Remediation of Acid Mine Drainage

INITIATOR FUND

Project period: May – July 2014 

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
The overarching aim of this research strategy is to develop an algal-based system for combined remediation and valorisation of acid mine drainage (AMD) and potentially other metalliferous effluents.